Last updated on: 10/9/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Georges C. Benjamin, MD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of the American Public Health Association
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“The new law will guarantee millions of Americans access to quality, affordable care regardless of health status; decrease rates of the nation’s leading chronic diseases; control soaring health spending; and strengthen our battered public health infrastructure…

Health reform and its historic investment in prevention will help us achieve the promise we made to give our children a higher quality of life than we have. There are those in public life today who would seek to undo these historic reforms, or at least delay their implementation. But we can’t delay, and we can’t turn our backs on the tens of millions of people in this country who will live longer, healthier lives because of health reform.”

“Health Reform’s Benefits Arrive,” Baltimore Sun, Sep. 22, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, American Public Health Association, 2002-present
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Fellow Emeritus, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Publisher, The Nations’s Health
  • Publisher, The American Journal of Public Health
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science
  • Board Member: Research America, Partnership for Prevention, and the Reagan-Udall Foundation
  • Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1999-2002
  • Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1995-1999
  • Director, Emergency Ambulance Bureau, District of Columbia, 1990-1991, 1994-1995
  • Acting Commissioner for Public Health, District of Columbia, 1990-1991
  • Chair, Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care, District of Columbia General Hospital, 1987-1990
  • Chief of emergency medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1983-1987
  • Chief, Acute Illness Clinic, Madigan Army Medical Hospital, 1981-1983
Education:
  • MD, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, 1978
  • BS, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1973
Other:
  • Born in Chicago, Illinois, Sep. 28, 1952
Quoted in:
  1. Is preventive care covered?