Douglas Shenson MD, MPH, MS, MA

Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biographical Info

Dr. Shenson is Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Director, Clinical Preventive Services, at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. Dr. Shenson also directs Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC), a nonprofit agency dedicated to expanding the population-wide use of disease prevention services. As part of his work at SPARC, Dr. Shenson leads the Vote & Vax program, which is developing and testing a national strategy to provide influenza vaccinations at polling places. Dr. Shenson is working on research projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better characterize the provision of vaccinations and cancer screening to older Americans. He is a co-founder of the medical humanitarian organization, Doctors of the World USA (now HealthRight International), and founder of the Human Rights Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center, the first clinic in New York City to attend exclusively to the documentation and service needs of survivors of torture. He is a board member of the International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2), which focuses on health issues of concern to elder American Indians. Dr. Shenson is Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology and Public Health, a required course for Second-Year Yale medical students, and Leader, Epidemiology and Public Health Thread, in the new Yale School of Medicine Curriculum.

Education & Training

University of Pennsylvania (1977)
Tulane Univ School of Public Health & Tropical Med (1985)
Tulane University School of Medicine (1985)
Oxford University (1985)
Harvard School of Public Health (2001)
Chief Resident Resident
Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Residency Program in Social Internal Medicine (1985 - 1988)

Honors & Recognition

  • Immunization Excellence Award, Overall 2008-9
    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and American Medical Association (2009)
  • Isaac Ivan Lehmann Award
    Tulane University School of Medicine (1982)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude
    University of Pennsylvania (1977)
  • Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health
    American Public Health Association (2005)
  • Health and Human Rights Leadership Award
    Doctors of the World USA (2004)
  • Hesselbein Fellowship Award, Entrepreneurial Performance and Community Innovation, Peter Drucker Foundation
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Persistent Urban Poverty
    Social Science Research Council & Rockefeller Foundation (1990)
  • Visiting Scholar
    Hastings Center for the Study of Biomedical Ethics (1987)

Professional Service

  • Adult Immunizations Committee, National Quality Forum (1/01/2014)
  • Section Counselor, American Public Health Association (01/01/2011 - 12/31/2014)
  • Project Lead, Centers for Disease Control, Healthy Aging Program (01/01/2010 - 01/01/2011)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (01/01/2004 - 01/01/2005)

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