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Victor W. Sidel, MD

Bronx, New York
Speaker Topic: Nuclear Power, Nuclear Weapons, War & Public Health
Medical Specialty: Public Health
PSR Affiliation: National Board Member Emeritus; Past President of PSR; Past Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
School Affiliation: Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Areas of Expertise:

  • Iraq war
  • Iran nuclear crisis
  • Nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament
  • Nuclear war, terrorism and preparedness
  • Social justice
  • Medical student activism
  • Global/international health
  • Environmental justice
Media Experience: Television, Radio, Writing (editorials, op-eds), Public Speaking

Why PSR?

I am involved in PSR because it works for important goals of medicine and public health -- the prevention of socially-caused disease and disability -- and because I enjoy working with colleagues who share these goals.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Victor Sidel is Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Sidel has served as president of the American Public Health Association, of the Physicians for Social Responsibility and of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the organization that was awarded the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. He is co-editor with Dr. Barry Levy of the books War and Public Health, Terrorism and Public Health, and Social Injustice and Public Health, all published by Oxford University Press. In October OUP will publish an all-new second edition of Terrorism and Public Health.

Dr. Sidel has written and spoken extensively since the formation of Physicians for Social Responsibility 50 years ago on the medical consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and on the human and financial costs of the arms race and of war.

To request Dr. Sidel as a speaker, please email or call 202-667-4260.

Page Updated April 8, 2013

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Levy, B.S., & Sidel, V.W. (2006). Social injustice and public health. Oxford University Press, USA.

Levy, B.S., & Sidel, V.W. (2008). War and public health. Oxford University Press, USA.

Levy, B.S., & Sidel, V.W. (2006). Terrorism and public health: a balanced approach to strengthening systems and protecting people. Oxford Univ Pr.