Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 11:00 am
“Organi Collegiali” Lecture Hall, Sapienza Rectorate Building
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome
On Wednesday, October 28, Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal will receive a Doctor Honoris Causa Degree in “Advanced Surgery Technology” from Sapienza University for her leadership, commitment, and contributions to improving public health, including, obesity prevention, the fight against HIV/AIDS, women’s health issues and advancing President Obama’s healthcare reform efforts.
The ceremony will be opened by Sapienza Rector Eugenio Gaudio and followed by a lecture by Prof. Angelo Filippini, Director of the Department of Surgical Sciences, and the praise of Prof. Adriano Redler, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. The ceremony will end with a lecture by Doctor Susan J. Blumenthal on “Reversing the Global Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Approach”.
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Who is Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal?
Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal is internationally recognized for her leadership and work in global health and her commitment to raising public and scientific awareness on issues including women’s health, obesity, violence prevention and mental illness. She has also worked with the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. to establish an annual Global Health Forum that fosters scientific and medical cooperation between Italy and the United States.
Rear Admiral Blumenthal served for more than twenty years as a leading government health expert in the Administrations of four Presidents of the United States. During the Clinton Administration she was appointed as the First Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health and a Presidential Health Advisor. In this position, she developed many initiatives to ensure that women were a major focus of research, prevention and service delivery programs from which they had been previously excluded. She has also served as a Research Branch Chief at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Currently, Doctor Blumenthal is a Senior Fellow at New America, a think tank, where her work focuses on health reform programs is enacted by President Barak Obama including disease prevention initiatives. Additionally, she is a Clinical Professor as well as the Senior Medical Advisor at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. She has been involved in the battle against AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. Rear Admiral Blumenthal has initiated and worked on a number of international health projects, including in the Middle East. Her work has included attention to global health security issues including bioterrorism, pandemic flu and AIDS.
As a pioneer in the application of technology (ICT) to healthcare, Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal was one of the first members of the United States Government to use the Internet to promote health education, designing and developing web sites addressing a range of healthcare issues. She also collaborated with U.S. defense and space agencies to transfer digital technologies used for military purposes and space exploration to improve the early detection of cancers.