Published: 03/11/2014

Leading Medical Expert Speaks to Global Health Issues in the 21st Century

Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, MPA (retired), former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, and Senior Global Health Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver this year's Fasano Memorial lecture entitled, Global Health Issues in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges.
The Fifth Annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building on the campus of Bucknell University. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to premier sponsorships by Evangelical Community Hospital, Family Practice Center, PC, VNA Health System, and gifts from the Fasano family, colleagues, and friends.
With international trade, travel, and telecommunications, the world is shrinking, causing increased threats for the spread of infectious and chronic disease. Dr. Blumenthal will be discussing the double jeopardy of infectious and chronic disease faced by nations, the impact of technology, and how advances from research are improving the health of people worldwide. The talk underscores the importance of preparedness and prevention as cornerstones to meeting and defeating emerging health threats, such as obesity, pandemic flu, cancer, and diabetes, to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our world.
Dr. Blumenthal worked for over 20 years as a top federal government leader focused on a broad range of public health and science issues facing the nation and world.  She is an internationally recognized medical expert and leader who has been a major force in bringing important public health issues including women’s health, global health, disease, obesity, violence prevention, and mental illness to increased scientific and public attention, helping to place them at the top of our nation’s health care agenda.
This is the fifth lecture to be held in memory of Charles P. Fasano, DO. Dr. Fasano was a beloved member of the community, having practiced medicine in the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1973. Dr. Fasano worked as a solo family practitioner until 1980, when he partnered with Domenick Ronco, DO. Their practice grew into the Family Practice Center, PC, which currently has 27 practice sites throughout Central Pennsylvania. Dr. Fasano maintained an active medical practice until his death in March 2009 and was committed to providing quality and compassionate care to his patients.
Following the passing of Dr. Fasano, his children, Evangelical Community Hospital physicians and other friends formed the Fasano Memorial Lecture Fund, honoring his lifelong commitment to education and medicine.
More About the Lecturer
Dr. Blumenthal is currently a Senior Fellow in Health Policy at the New America Foundation where she is focused on a broad range of issues including health reform implementation, obesity, food insecurity, women’s health, and global health. Additionally, Dr. Blumenthal serves as Senior Policy and Medical Advisor to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Dr. Blumenthal is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown and Tufts Schools of Medicine.
She has received numerous awards including honorary doctorates and has been decorated with the highest medals of the United States Public Health Service for her global leadership and landmark contributions to improving health.