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Daniel S. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.H., is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Charity Hospital of New Orleans (Tulane Division) and received his master of public health degree from Emory University. He is board-certified in both pediatrics and preventive medicine.
He has served as a VISTA Volunteer physician in Lee County, Ark.; as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta; and as a medical epidemiologist with the World Health Organization Smallpox Eradication Program in India and Somalia. While at CDC, he served in the Nutrition Program and the Parasitic Diseases Branch.
From 1975-80, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he served as the medical director of a neighborhood health center. In 1980, he joined the faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine and, in 1985, was appointed as professor and chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. He added the role of associate dean for Community Programs in 1993. In 1992-93, while on sabbatical from MSM, he served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in Geneva. In 2000, he spent six months as a scholar-in-residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C.
His publications deal with nutrition, parasitic disease, health policy, environmental health and cancer prevention. He served as president of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine in 1992-93. He was chairman of the Medical Care Section (1991-93) and a member of the Governing Council (1993-95) of the American Public Health Association.
In 1994, the Georgia Public Health Association honored him with the Sellers-McCroan Award for outstanding achievement and service to Georgia in public health. In 1995, in ceremonies marking the 30th anniversary of VISTA, he was named the outstanding VISTA volunteer of the 1960s. In 2002, he received a "Shining Light" Award from the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care. In 2010, he received the Duncan Clark Award from the Association for Teaching Prevention and Research.