The Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health is an annual appointment of a prominent health care professional with real-world public policy experience. Fellows teach undergraduate and graduate students, conducts faculty seminars, and serves as a scholar-in-residence in the Hunter Community.
2012 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health:
Professor Sue Atkinson CBE BSc MB BChir MA FFPH
Sue Atkinson is the 2012 Joan H Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College. Based at Roosevelt House, she is focussing on comparative public health policies between New York and London, USA and UK. Previously she was the first Director of Public Health for London and developed the role as Health Advisor to the Mayor and Greater London Authority. She is Visiting Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London and the UCL Institute of Health Equity. She holds a number of Board appointments including University College Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust, the UK Food Standards Agency and is Co-Chair of the Climate and Health Council.
Sue studied Medicine at Cambridge University and initially trained as a paediatrician and practiced as a Primary Care Physician before developing her career in Public Health.
In recognition of her contribution to public health, Sue was honoured by the Queen, being made a Commander of the British Empire in 2002.
2011 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health:
Dr. Georges Benjamin
American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin MD, FACP, FACEP (E), was appointed as the fall 2011 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Benjamin was able to take a brief sabbatical from his role as executive director of APHA and we were honored that he could spend the semester here at Roosevelt House.
During his fellowship, Benjamin taught a course; led a faculty seminar; gave a public lecture; helped plan the annual Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum, and hosted a lunch for students while pursuing public health research over the semester.
2010 Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health:
Dr. John McDonough
Dr. John McDonough was the inaugural Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health (Spring 2010-Fall 2010). Dr. McDonough served until January 2010 as Senior Adviser to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He was Chief Adviser on health care reform to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and previously served as the Executive Director of Health Care For All, a Massachusetts consumer health advocacy organization.
During his time at Roosevelt House, Dr. McDonough taught a graduate course on the politics and policy of health care reform, and lead an interdisciplinary faculty seminar dealing with current public health issues, which culminated in a conference entitled, “National Health Reform and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care.” Among other accomplishments, he organized and led a Brown Bag lunch discussion in conjunction with the Hunter College chapter of Roosevelt Institute Campus Network on national health care reform, co-convened a Food Policy Summit with Dr. Nick Freudenberg to discuss New York City’s past, present and future food systems, and led the Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forums.
Inside National Health Reform
by John E. McDonough
University of California Press/Milbank, 339 pp., $34.95
Reviewed by Madrick, Jeff. Obama & Health Care: The Straight Story. New York Review of Books, June 21, 2012.
Dr. John McDonough discusses his book Inside National Health Reform with Dr. Georges Benjamin