Passions and Public Health Predicaments in the Pacific
Feb 15, 2018
Thomas E. Novotny, MD MPH
Passions and Public Health Predicaments in the Pacific

Thomas E. Novotny, MD MPH

Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, San Diego State University

Dr. Novotny is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MPH Epidemiology).  He completed residency training in the UCSF Family Medicine Program in Santa Rosa and in the Preventive Medicine Residency at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  He is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at San Diego State University. Dr. Novotny was Professor of Epidemiology at UC San Francisco (UCSF) in 2002-2009, and then was co-director of the Joint PhD program in Global Health at San Diego State University and UC San Diego, where his research focused on global health diplomacy, tobacco,  and non-communicable diseases.  After more than a decade in academic medicine, he returned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January 2016. He relocated from San Diego to Washington DC to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health with a focus on Science and Medicine.   We are fortunate that he again lives full time in San Diego so that we could have him as our speaker today and learn about some of his more memorable experiences in the role as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health. 

Dr. Novotny is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Preventive Medicine. He has published more than 190 scientific articles and co-edited four books, including 21st Century Health Diplomacy. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree and membership in Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society by the University of Nebraska in 2015.