Douglas Shenson, MD, MPH, MS, MA

Associate Clinical Professor; Associate Professor Adjunct, Department of Medicine, General Medicine Section

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Internal Medicine: General Internal Medicine

Program for Biomedical Ethics


Dr. Shenson is Associate Professor Adjunct, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Public Health. He is also Associate Director, Clinical Preventive Services, at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. 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. Between 2007 and 2016, Dr. Shenson was Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology and Public Health, at Yale School of Medicine (YSM). He currently directs the required Epidemiology, Public Health & Biostatistics Thread, which runs throughout the 18-month YSM pre-clinical curriculum, and he co-leads the YSM/YU Colloquium in History of Medicine and Public Health.

Education & Training

MS Harvard School of Public Health, Healthcare Management (2001)
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)
Chief Resident Resident Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • Immunization Excellence Award, Overall 2008-9Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and American Medical Association (2009)

  • Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public HealthAmerican Public Health Association (2005)

  • Health and Human Rights Leadership AwardDoctors of the World USA (2004)

  • Hesselbein Fellowship Award, Entrepreneurial Performance and Community Innovation, Peter Drucker Foundation (2000)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Persistent Urban PovertySocial Science Research Council & Rockefeller Foundation (1990)

  • Visiting ScholarHastings Center for the Study of Biomedical Ethics (1987)

  • Isaac Ivan Lehmann AwardTulane University School of Medicine (1982)

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum LaudeUniversity of Pennsylvania (1977)

Professional Service

  • National Quality Forum (2014 - Present) Priority setting for health care performance measurement

  • American Public Health Association (2011 - 2014) Officer, Medical Care Section

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Healthy Aging Program (2010 - 2011) Lead, Study Group on an Up-to-Date Measure of Adult Clinical Preventive Services

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2004 - 2005) Committee on Influenza Vaccine Assurance Strategies

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Contact Info

Douglas Shenson, MD, MPH, MS, MA
Mailing Address
Chronic Disease Epidemiology76 Prince Street
Newton, MA 02465