U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal presented a talk "Critical Women's Health Issues in the 21st Century" on Wednesday, September 27, 2000, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith campus.
Blumenthal, a national medical expert and leader in bringing women's health issues to the forefront of the national health care agenda, is the second guest in the President's Forum Series, sponsored by HWS President Mark D. Gearan. Blumenthal's visit has been scheduled in conjunction with the Colleges observance of Rape Awareness Week.
Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown School of Medicine and Tufts University Medical Center, and serves as the visiting professor of women's studies at Brandeis University. She is also senior science adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services, and serves as senior adviser on public health to the White House Council on Youth Violence Prevention and to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From 1994 until 1997, Blumenthal served as the country's first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that appointment, she directed major research programs at the National Institutes of Health on mental health, behavioral medicine, and suicide. From the mid-1980s through 1994, she was a leader in exposing the inequities in women's health research and in fostering studies and initiatives on gender differences in health and disease. Blumenthal has authored numerous scientific articles and books.