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United States Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral and Senior Medical and E-Health Adviser in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A., has been instrumental in highlighting vital public health and science issues and bringing them to the forefront of both public thinking and political decision-making. Admiral Blumenthal currently serves as Public Health Editor at The Huffington Post.

Admiral Blumenthal was the USA's first ever Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health, a post she was offered in recognition of her innovative and transformative leadership in issues of health care for women. Coordinating a $4 billion budget, she revolutionized the ways in which national healthcare initiatives are specifically targeted at women.

Among many other distinguished posts she has held, Admiral Blumenthal is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical Centre, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women's Studies at Brandeis University and Visiting Professor at Stanford University. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University School of Government, and a Visiting Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University Medical Centre.

Named by the New York Times as one of the top dozen doctors in women's health care in the United States, Admiral Blumenthal has served the United States government in numerous capacities. She has chaired many committees at the National Institutes of Health, and as Branch Chief of major national research programs in the same organization she led the exposure of inequalities in women's health research. She also serves on the boards of many non-profit and academic institutions, including Save the Children, the Academy of Achievement and Stanford University.

Holder of many honorary doctorates and several of the highest medals the United States Public Health Service can award, Admiral Blumenthal is widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in United States healthcare of the last 20 years.

Full Profile

Former Assistant Surgeon General and Health Expert
First Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women′s Health
Public Health Editor at The Huffington Post

An internationally recognized health expert and leader, Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. served as U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral, Senior Medical and E-Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where her work focused on a broad range of public health and science issues facing the Nation and world. She has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including global health, disease and violence prevention, women′s health and mental illness to scientific and public attention, helping to place them at the top of our nation′s health care agenda. Admiral Blumenthal is currently the Public Health Editor at The Huffington Post.

Admiral Blumenthal serves as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical Center, as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women′s Studies at Brandeis University, as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and recently was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University School of Government. She has also served as Senior Advisor on Public Health to the White House Domestic Policy Council, as the top medical advisor to the Secretary, US Department of Agriculture, and as Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and a Visiting Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University Medical Center.

From 1993-1997, Dr. Blumenthal was appointed and served as the country′s first ever Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women′s Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in recognition of her pioneering leadership in women′s health. In this position, she developed innovative national initiatives, provided oversight and coordinated a $4 billion dollar budget of research, services and education programs and activities across the agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services including NIH, CDC and the FDA ensuring that our national health programs targeted the unique needs of women.

The Admiral served as an advisor to the White House on women′s health and worked with governmental organizations, consumer and health care professional groups to advance women′s health in the United States and internationally. During this time, RADM Blumenthal also initiated a unique collaboration with the CIA, NASA and DOD called “From Missiles to Mammograms” that has transferred imaging technology used for military and space purposes to improve the early detection of breast cancer. Additionally, Dr. Blumenthal was the Co-Chair and was responsible for the coordination and implementation of the National Action Plan for Breast Cancer, a Presidential initiative and public/private sector partnership with over 200 participants that catalyzed many new initiatives to accelerate progress in the fight against this disease.

For the 12 years prior to this appointment, she directed and served as Branch Chief of major national research programs at the National Institutes of Health on behavioral medicine, disease prevention including nutrition, mental illness and suicide. During this period, Dr. Blumenthal was a leader in exposing the inequities in women′s health research and in fostering new studies and initiatives on gender differences in health and disease.

Admiral Blumenthal has chaired numerous governmental and professional organization committees and national and international conferences and Commissions. She served as Chair of the NIH′s Health and Behavior Coordinating Committee and Chair of the Federal Coordinating Committees on Women′s Health and the Environment, Imaging Technology, and Breast Cancer and was Director of the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center. She also participated as a member of the President′s Interagency Council on Women and served as the United States representative to the World Health Organization′s Global Commission on Women′s Health.

As a leading advocate and national spokesperson on health, Dr. Blumenthal has briefed Heads of State and Health Ministers, testified before Congress, and often appeared as a medical expert on national television and radio news programs. She has authored many scientific articles, edited books, and been the health columnist for U.S. News and World Report, Elle, and several other magazines. She also served as Host and Medical Director for an award winning television series on health and has organized and chaired numerous health conferences and commissions. Dr. Blumenthal serves on the boards of organizations including Save the Children, the Academy of Achievement, the Meridian House, and Stanford University in Washington.

Admiral Blumenthal has received numerous awards from health care professional and consumer organizations including honorary doctorates as well as several of the highest medals of the United States Public Health Service for her outstanding scientific contributions and distinguished leadership in health. Dr. Blumenthal has been named by the New York Times as one of the top twelve doctors in the women′s health field, by the National Library of Medicine as one of the most important women physicians in the history of the United States, and by the Medical Herald as one of the most influential women in medicine. In 2010, Dr. Blumenthal was honored as a Rock Star of Science by GQ Magazine.


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Admiral Dr. Susan Blumenthal addresses the problems facing healthcare in the USA. She acknowledges that some may not feel this is a great priority, but explains why it is so vital to the future of the nation: “We are gathered here at a time of economic crisis, and the newspapers are focused on threats to our national security around the world, but we're here today, I'm here today, to talk about other threats to our economy and national security: diseases."

Examining the most recent developments in health insurance, she asks the question, “Why was the health care reform legislation needed? Those of you in this room, you have some of the best healthcare in the nation, but the truth is our health care system is a patchwork, we have private sector, one third of Americans are involved in a government plan… it's a patchwork, very few of these systems were linked to each other."

Reviewing the current situation, she explains, “We spend 18% of our GDP, 20 cents in the dollar, on health care, on average over $8000 a person. In comparison, we spend around 8% of our GDP on defence, but did you know that we rank 49th in life expectancy in the world, and 37th on the health status of our nation?"

Keynote Speech at amfAR



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Admiral Susan Blumenthal speaks the most pressing healthcare issues facing the United Sates, having for many years worked at the highest levels of both medical science and public administration. She is particularly expert in addressing women's health issues and gender inequalities.

Admiral Blumenthal looks into the future of healthcare, addressing crucial issues the healthcare system will face: including natural disasters, pandemics, possible bioterrorism threats as well as the currently growing obesity and heart disease epidemic - which threatens to overwhelm health care in the USA.

Admiral Blumenthal believes that strong leadership in the White House and federal agencies regarding science, health and technology is more important than ever before, and she advances her own innovative solutions.

The Obama Administration and the Future of Healthcare
The suite of healthcare concerns – soaring medical costs, uninsured citizens, the need to protect against and respond to natural disasters, pandemics, and possible bioterrorist threats, to emphasize preparedness and prevention, to strengthen health-related research, and to improve the delivery of quality medical and public health services – are issues that are top priorities for the new Administration. These concerns also underscore that strong leadership in the White House and in federal agencies on science, health, and technology is more important than ever.

Recent polls demonstrate that Americans view healthcare reform issues to be a leading domestic concern for their new President to address. This presentation will explore the new Administration′s proposals for ensuring healthcare for all and improving the health of Americans and suggest some innovative solutions that can be implemented to enhance economic prosperity, national security, and global health.

Critical Women’s Health Issues in the 21st Century
Today, the leading killer of women are chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, and in the information age, health has become a global issue. This presentation will address some of the critical health issues facing American women at the beginning of the 21st century. Women’s health across life spans will be discussed with important new information and the steps each one of us can take towards a healthier future.

Global Health Issues in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges
This presentation addresses some of the critical health issues facing our country and world today. With international trade, travel, and telecommunications, the world is shrinking, causing greater threat for the travel of infectious diseases. Blumenthal discusses preparedness and prevention as cornerstones to meeting and defeating emerging health threats, such as infectious diseases, avian flu, bioterrorism, and obesity, and to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our world.

The Future of Health in the 21st Century
Medical science is entering a golden age but the keys to life are not all locked in the laboratory. Technological progress, which there has been much of, is not a complete recipe for better health. Even as scientists explore the frontiers of medicine, prevention remains the cornerstone to a healthier future. Many health concerns including avian flu and AIDS are just a jet plane away. Global health issues have significant humanitarian, economic, and national security implications for all of us. This talk will explore these issues and will conclude with a prescription for some simple steps we all can take towards a healthy future.

Winning the War Against Cancer: A Progress Report
Revolutionary scientific advances have sparked transformations in our understanding and treatment of cancer, and we now stand on the verge of even greater discoveries. Knowledge about cancer has been dramatically expanded, the stigma has been shattered, and we not have an entire generation who call themselves cancer survivors. What breakthroughs will the next decade bring? Everyone in the world stands to benefit, as cancer does not respect state or national borders and is a global health concern with significant humanitarian, economic, and national security implications. This talk will explore these issues and will conclude with a prescription for some simple steps we all can take towards a healthier – cancer free – future.

Healthcare in the 2008 Presidential Elections
The suite of healthcare concerns – soaring medical costs, uninsured citizens, the need to protect against and respond to natural disasters, pandemics, and possible bioterrorist threats, to emphasize preparedness and prevention, to strengthen health-related research, and to improve the delivery of quality medical and public health services – are issues that must be at the top of presidential candidates’ lists. These concerns also underscore that strong leadership in the White House and in federal agencies on science, health, and technology is more important than ever.

Recent polls demonstrate that Americans view healthcare reform issues to be a top domestic issue for the presidential elections. This presentation will review presidential candidates’ proposals for ensuring healthcare for all and improving the health of Americans and suggest some innovative solutions that a next president can implement to enhance economic prosperity, national security, and global health.

Pandemic Flu Preparedness: What You Need to Know
Avian flu has recently moved to the top of the administration’s healthcare agenda. However, since 1997, medical experts have been warning for years that international travel, a weakened public health system, and antiquated vaccines have made the prospect of an influenza pandemic a matter of when, not if.

The H5N1 strain of the influenza virus currently circulating in many countries has the potential to develop into a deadly human virus. Already, the virus has “killed more birds than any in the history of the world,” humans do not have immunity, and unlike season flu, strikes younger victims. One of the lessons of Hurricane Katrina is that the United States is not sufficiently prepared to deal with public health crises including sever natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, or a pandemic flu.

This presentation discusses what is known about emerging disease threats such as avian flu, what may cause it to become a human pandemic, and what steps individuals, businesses, and the government can do to reduce risk and to prepare.



Susan Blumenthal Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    “One of the great leaders in health and women’s health.” “ I can’t think of anyone who has done more to advocate for women’s health and to be effective in bringing these important issues before Congress and the American people.”
    --Congressional Citations

    “Inspiring, dynamic speaker with wealth of information.”
    --92nd Street Y

    “Expert and eloquent speaker. Remarkable presence.”
    --Save the Children

    “Stimulating and thought provoking…inspiring.”
    --Mayo Clinic

    “The highest rated of our keynote speakers.”
    --Journal of Health Promotion

    “Never has a speaker related to us like this. Never has a speaker captured our hearts like this…truly a woman of valor.”
    --United Jewish Federation

    “Brilliant and inspirational speaker who took the audience on a comprehensive and fascinating journey through the past, present and future challenges in health.”

    “Rave reviews with so many accolades and superlatives about the outstanding talk. The audience benefited from the broad knowledge and smooth style.”
    --Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society

    “More clear, more fantastic than any other keynote speaker. Mastery of topic is remarkable. Her authority on health issues …makes her an unparalleled ambassador of the power of advocacy and the importance of healthy living.”
    --The Women’s Center

    “Truly brilliant presentation. All in attendance were enthralled by the knowledge and information imparted.”
    -American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

    “Wonderful. Enlightening. Inspiring.”
    --Bonita Springs Speakers Assembly

    “Outstanding presentation that received the highest praise from participants and helped set an exciting and dynamic tone for the conference.”
    --The Obstetrics and Gynecology Research and Education Foundation

    “ The highlight of the day.”
    --Women and Wellness Institute

    “Wowed the audience with her passion and absolutely exquisite communication skills.”
    --Communitech Market Intelligence

    “Informative …and inspiring as well.”
    --Weill Medical College at Cornell University

    “One of the most captivating, inspirational and articulate speakers ever who had the audience spellbound.”
    --Colorado State Health Fair

    “A brilliant and shining star. Everyone was awed, stimulated and overwhelmed by the educational and informative address…and distinguished presence.”
    --AMIT

    “Incredibly inspirational talk…”
    --Instituto Internacional en Espana




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    “One of the great leaders in health and women’s health.” “ I can’t think of anyone who has done more to advocate for women’s health and to be effective in bringing these important issues before Congress and the American people.”
    --Congressional Citations

    “Inspiring, dynamic speaker with wealth of information.”
    --92nd Street Y

    “Expert and eloquent speaker. Remarkable presence.”
    --Save the Children

    “Stimulating and thought provoking…inspiring.”
    --Mayo Clinic

    “The highest rated of our keynote speakers.”
    --Journal of Health Promotion

    “Never has a speaker related to us like this. Never has a speaker captured our hearts like this…truly a woman of valor.”
    --United Jewish Federation

    “Brilliant and inspirational speaker who took the audience on a comprehensive and fascinating journey through the past, present and future challenges in health.”

    “Rave reviews with so many accolades and superlatives about the outstanding talk. The audience benefited from the broad knowledge and smooth style.”
    --Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society

    “More clear, more fantastic than any other keynote speaker. Mastery of topic is remarkable. Her authority on health issues …makes her an unparalleled ambassador of the power of advocacy and the importance of healthy living.”
    --The Women’s Center

    “Truly brilliant presentation. All in attendance were enthralled by the knowledge and information imparted.”
    -American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

    “Wonderful. Enlightening. Inspiring.”
    --Bonita Springs Speakers Assembly

    “Outstanding presentation that received the highest praise from participants and helped set an exciting and dynamic tone for the conference.”
    --The Obstetrics and Gynecology Research and Education Foundation

    “ The highlight of the day.”
    --Women and Wellness Institute

    “Wowed the audience with her passion and absolutely exquisite communication skills.”
    --Communitech Market Intelligence

    “Informative …and inspiring as well.”
    --Weill Medical College at Cornell University

    “One of the most captivating, inspirational and articulate speakers ever who had the audience spellbound.”
    --Colorado State Health Fair

    “A brilliant and shining star. Everyone was awed, stimulated and overwhelmed by the educational and informative address…and distinguished presence.”
    --AMIT

    “Incredibly inspirational talk…”
    --Instituto Internacional en Espana


The Obama Administration and the Future of Healthcare
The suite of healthcare concerns – soaring medical costs, uninsured citizens, the need to protect against and respond to natural disasters, pandemics, and possible bioterrorist threats, to emphasize preparedness and prevention, to strengthen health-related research, and to improve the delivery of quality medical and public health services – are issues that are top priorities for the new Administration. These concerns also underscore that strong leadership in the White House and in federal agencies on science, health, and technology is more important than ever.

Recent polls demonstrate that Americans view healthcare reform issues to be a leading domestic concern for their new President to address. This presentation will explore the new Administration′s proposals for ensuring healthcare for all and improving the health of Americans and suggest some innovative solutions that can be implemented to enhance economic prosperity, national security, and global health.

Critical Women’s Health Issues in the 21st Century
Today, the leading killer of women are chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, and in the information age, health has become a global issue. This presentation will address some of the critical health issues facing American women at the beginning of the 21st century. Women’s health across life spans will be discussed with important new information and the steps each one of us can take towards a healthier future.

Global Health Issues in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges
This presentation addresses some of the critical health issues facing our country and world today. With international trade, travel, and telecommunications, the world is shrinking, causing greater threat for the travel of infectious diseases. Blumenthal discusses preparedness and prevention as cornerstones to meeting and defeating emerging health threats, such as infectious diseases, avian flu, bioterrorism, and obesity, and to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our world.

The Future of Health in the 21st Century
Medical science is entering a golden age but the keys to life are not all locked in the laboratory. Technological progress, which there has been much of, is not a complete recipe for better health. Even as scientists explore the frontiers of medicine, prevention remains the cornerstone to a healthier future. Many health concerns including avian flu and AIDS are just a jet plane away. Global health issues have significant humanitarian, economic, and national security implications for all of us. This talk will explore these issues and will conclude with a prescription for some simple steps we all can take towards a healthy future.

Winning the War Against Cancer: A Progress Report
Revolutionary scientific advances have sparked transformations in our understanding and treatment of cancer, and we now stand on the verge of even greater discoveries. Knowledge about cancer has been dramatically expanded, the stigma has been shattered, and we not have an entire generation who call themselves cancer survivors. What breakthroughs will the next decade bring? Everyone in the world stands to benefit, as cancer does not respect state or national borders and is a global health concern with significant humanitarian, economic, and national security implications. This talk will explore these issues and will conclude with a prescription for some simple steps we all can take towards a healthier – cancer free – future.

Healthcare in the 2008 Presidential Elections
The suite of healthcare concerns – soaring medical costs, uninsured citizens, the need to protect against and respond to natural disasters, pandemics, and possible bioterrorist threats, to emphasize preparedness and prevention, to strengthen health-related research, and to improve the delivery of quality medical and public health services – are issues that must be at the top of presidential candidates’ lists. These concerns also underscore that strong leadership in the White House and in federal agencies on science, health, and technology is more important than ever.

Recent polls demonstrate that Americans view healthcare reform issues to be a top domestic issue for the presidential elections. This presentation will review presidential candidates’ proposals for ensuring healthcare for all and improving the health of Americans and suggest some innovative solutions that a next president can implement to enhance economic prosperity, national security, and global health.

Pandemic Flu Preparedness: What You Need to Know
Avian flu has recently moved to the top of the administration’s healthcare agenda. However, since 1997, medical experts have been warning for years that international travel, a weakened public health system, and antiquated vaccines have made the prospect of an influenza pandemic a matter of when, not if.

The H5N1 strain of the influenza virus currently circulating in many countries has the potential to develop into a deadly human virus. Already, the virus has “killed more birds than any in the history of the world,” humans do not have immunity, and unlike season flu, strikes younger victims. One of the lessons of Hurricane Katrina is that the United States is not sufficiently prepared to deal with public health crises including sever natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, or a pandemic flu.

This presentation discusses what is known about emerging disease threats such as avian flu, what may cause it to become a human pandemic, and what steps individuals, businesses, and the government can do to reduce risk and to prepare.


Speech


Admiral Dr. Susan Blumenthal addresses the problems facing healthcare in the USA. She acknowledges that some may not feel this is a great priority, but explains why it is so vital to the future of the nation: “We are gathered here at a time of economic crisis, and the newspapers are focused on threats to our national security around the world, but we're here today, I'm here today, to talk about other threats to our economy and national security: diseases."

Examining the most recent developments in health insurance, she asks the question, “Why was the health care reform legislation needed? Those of you in this room, you have some of the best healthcare in the nation, but the truth is our health care system is a patchwork, we have private sector, one third of Americans are involved in a government plan… it's a patchwork, very few of these systems were linked to each other."

Reviewing the current situation, she explains, “We spend 18% of our GDP, 20 cents in the dollar, on health care, on average over $8000 a person. In comparison, we spend around 8% of our GDP on defence, but did you know that we rank 49th in life expectancy in the world, and 37th on the health status of our nation?"

Keynote Speech at amfAR