[ONLINE] - The U.S. Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Conversation with Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD, Former US Assistant Surgeon General

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is rapidly spreading throughout the world and, as of this week, the outbreak has infected more than 2.5 million globally and killed more than 46,000 people in the United States. How should the government respond to the virus, and what are the broader public health issues raised by the crisis?

Join the International Security Program via webcast as we welcome Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. (ret.) for a discussion of coronavirus and the government’s response to the pandemic. Dr. Blumenthal is a senior fellow with the Health Policy Program at New America and a Clinical Professor at Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine. For more than two decades, Dr. Blumenthal provided distinguished service as a leading federal government medical expert and spokesperson in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents. She served as assistant surgeon general of the United States, the first-ever deputy assistant secretary for women's health, and was senior global and e-health advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Blumenthal was also a White House health advisor, the medical advisor to the Secretary, USDA, chief of the Behavioral Medicine and Basic Prevention Research Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, and chair of the Health and Behavior Coordinating Committee at the National Institutes of Health. She was involved in federal response efforts to the anthrax attacks and pandemics including HIV/AIDS, SARS and H1N1 flu. Rear Admiral Blumenthal has been decorated with medals of the US Public Health Service and has received honorary doctorates for her leadership and contributions to advancing health in America and worldwide.


Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD

Senior Fellow, New America Health Policy Program
Former, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General


Peter Bergen
, @peterbergencnn
Vice President Global Studies & Fellows, New America