The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service has
announced that Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., is the recipient of its 2009 Health
Leader of the Year Award. She is a retired rear admiral and assistant surgeon
general in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Blumenthal is being recognized for her lifetime achievements and leadership
in raising national awareness and scientific attention to women's health
issues, as well as a range of other critical public health concerns. Among her
numerous accomplishments, she was the first deputy assistant secretary of
women's health in the Department of Health and Human Services and served as a
White House advisor on health issues. She is a recipient of the Distinguished
Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Blumenthal is now director of the Health and Medicine Program at the Center
for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where she leads its Commission
on Charting New Directions in the field. ▪