Title: Health Policy Educator
Company: Harvard University
Location: Waban, Massachusetts, United States
Robert J. Blendon, ScD, Health Policy Professor at Harvard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care policy education.
Backed by more than 50 years of expertise in health care policy education, Dr. Blendon is renowned for his wide range of knowledge and professionalism in the health policy field. Dr. Blendon received a BA in political science in 1964 from Marietta College and an MBA in 1966 from the University of Chicago, where he was first exposed to the policy sciences and discovered his interest in shaping the role of health care. He went on to obtain an MPH in 1967 and a ScD in 1969, both from Johns Hopkins University. Notably, since 1987, Dr. Blendon has served as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis in a joint appointment with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He served as chair for the Department of Health Policy and Management from 1987 to 1996. Additionally, in 2010, he commenced the role of Senior Associate Dean for the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development, which he currently presides over. In terms of his research, he is best known for his national polling on Americans’ views and experiences with health and social policy. As part of his work, he has co-directed widely published polls with National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, POLITICO and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Dr. Blendon began his career as a fellow at the Indiana University Health Medical Center from 1965 to 1966. He worked as an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and as an assistant to the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition, he served as assistant director of planning and development for the Office of Health Care Programs at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Blendon served as a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1971 to 1972. Subsequently, for 14 years he was Senior Vice-President for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the largest private health foundation in the U.S. focused on domestic health) from 1973 to 1987.
In his distinguished career, Dr. Blendon has been the recipient of various awards and accolades, including the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. He was also granted the Baxter Award for “Lifetime Achievement in the Health Services Research Field” and the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Association of Health Sciences. Dr. Blendon currently holds membership with the National Academy of Medicine and Council on Foreign Relations and is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research and a past member of the Journal of American Medical Association Editorial Board. Adding to his impressive background, he is the co-author of the 2010 work, “American Public Opinion and Health Care.” To attest to his legacy, Dr. Blendon’s achievements can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
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