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Douglas Shenson

Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Associate Professor Adjunct of Medicine (General Medicine); Deputy Leader, Health Equity Thread, Office of Education; Course Director, Populations & Methods: the Application of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to Public Health, Yale School of Public Health

Contact Information

Douglas Shenson, MD, MPH, MA, MS

Mailing Address

  • General Internal Medicine

    c/o 76 Prince Street

    Newton, MA 02465

    United States



Dr. Shenson is Associate Professor Adjunct, Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health. Since 2007, Dr. Shenson has directed the Yale School of Medicine's (YSM) course "Populations & Methods: The Application of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to Public Health," which runs over 12-months in the YSM pre-clinical curriculum. Dr. Shenson is also Deputy Leader of the YSM Health Equity Thread, which develops and helps implement curricular content focused on health equity and social justice. Dr. Shenson 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 has led numerous 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.

Education & Training

  • MS
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Healthcare Management (2001)
  • Chief Resident, Social Internal Medicine
    Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988)
  • MA
    Oxford University, Human Sciences (1985)
  • MD
    Tulane University School of Medicine (1985)
  • MPH
    Tulane Univ School of Public Health & Tropical Med (1985)
  • BA
    University of Pennsylvania, History, History & Sociology of Science (1977)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Immunization Excellence Award, Overall 2008-9Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and American Medical Association2009
Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public HealthAmerican Public Health Association2005
Health and Human Rights Leadership AwardDoctors of the World USA2004
Achievement in Adult ImmunizationMassachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Peer Review Organization2001
Hesselbein Fellowship Award, Entrepreneurial Performance and Community Innovation, Peter Drucker Foundation2000
Public Health Partnership AwardDutchess County Department of Health1999
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Persistent Urban PovertySocial Science Research Council & Rockefeller Foundation1990
Visiting ScholarHastings Center for the Study of Biomedical Ethics1987
Isaac Ivan Lehmann AwardTulane University School of Medicine1982
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum LaudeUniversity of Pennsylvania1977

Professional Service

National Quality ForumPriority setting for health care performance measurement2014 - Present
American Public Health AssociationOfficer, Medical Care Section2011 - 2014
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Healthy Aging ProgramLead, Study Group on an Up-to-Date Measure of Adult Clinical Preventive Services2010 - 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Committee on Influenza Vaccine Assurance Strategies2004 - 2005

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