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Allan Rosenfield, MD

2007 recipient, first annual Allan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning

Allen Rosenfield, MDDr. Rosenfield is Dean Emeritus of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, having served as dean of the Mailman School from 1986 to 2008. As dean, he was instrumental in positioning the school as a major force in New York City’s public health arena and extending its reach around the globe.

Dr. Rosenfield is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of numerous scientific and professional organizations and has served on the boards and/or committees of a wide range of international, national, state and local health-related organizations. He is a member of the boards of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and serves on advisory committees to other national foundations. He has served as president of the New York Obstetrical Society, chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health, chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of WHO's Human Reproduction Programme, and chair of the Boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, EngenderHealth and the Guttmacher Institute, and, for 10 years, chair of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Advisory Council He currently is chair of amfAR's Program Board. In addition, Dr. Rosenfield was a founder of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.

Dr. Rosenfield’s research, teaching and advocacy are world renowned. As a result, he has received many honorary awards, including from the Government of Thailand, the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, the American Public Health Association (the Martha May Elliot and Carl Schultz Awards), Public Health Association of New York City, and Planned Parenthood of New York City. Most recently, Dr. Rosenfield received the New York Academy of Medicine’s Stephen Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Health, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health’s Kenneth J. Ryan, MD Physician Leadership Award, National Association of People with AIDS Award, Doctors of the World (USA) Health and Human Rights Leadership Award, American Legacy Foundation’s first Legacy Leadership Award for Extraordinary Leadership in Public Health, the Coalition for School-Based Primary Care’s inaugural Public Health Leadership Award, the reproductive health movement’s highest award, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Margaret Sanger Award, the Global Health Council Award for global women’s health and the International Women’s Health Coalition Award.

He has written extensively (with over 140 published articles) on domestic and international issues in the fields of population, women's reproductive health, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, human rights and health policy and developed major global initiatives on maternal mortality, reproductive health, women’s health and HIV/AIDS.

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