U.S. Deputy Surgeon General to give 2011 New Horizons lecture

Deputy Surgeon General Boris LushniakAUBURN – Deputy Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, will give the Auburn University Graduate School’s 2011 New Horizons lecture titled “Public Health Priorities of the United States Surgeon General”, Friday, April 8, at 3 p.m. in the Shelby Center auditorium. A reception will follow in the Shelby Center atrium.

Lushniak began his career with the Public Health Service in 1988 as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s epidemic intelligence service. During his 16 years with the CDC, his focus on occupational hazards led him to establish an occupational skin disease program at the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He has served on disaster response teams in Bangladesh, St. Croix, Russia and Kosovo and at the World Trade Center in 2001. In 2004, Lushniak joined the FDA as chief medical officer of the Office of Counterterrorism and was appointed assistant commissioner in 2005.

He serves as a staff physician in dermatology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and is adjunct professor of dermatology at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences. His awards for service with the Public Health Service include two Outstanding Service Medals, a Commendation Medal and two Achievement Awards. He has received the AMA Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine, the AMSUS Sustaining Member Lecture Award, the DHHS Secretary award and the FDA Commissioner award.

Lushniak received a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences in 1981 from Northwestern University and his medical degree in 1983. In 1984 he received a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. He completed a residency in family medicine in 1987 at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.

The New Horizons lecture series promotes the exchange of ideas among students, faculty and the greater Auburn community by bringing to campus engaging speakers whose ideas and deeds have inspired or influenced others. It emphasizes the importance of graduate education to the future success and development of students, Auburn University and the world.

For more information about Lushniak, go to http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/about/biographies/biodeputy.html.

(Contributed by Jennifer Nelson.)

Contact: George Crandell, (334) 844-4700 (crandegw@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)