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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is well known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner and administrator. Benjamin has been the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002. He came to that post from his position as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Benjamin became Secretary of Health in Maryland in April 1999, following four years as its Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. As Secretary, Dr. Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement in the states Medicaid program.

Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, MD, is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Fellow Emeritus of the AmericanCollege of Emergency Physicians and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

An established administrator, author and orator, Benjamin started his medical career in 1981 in Tacoma, Washington, where he managed a 72,000-patient visit ambulatory care service as Chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at the Madigan Army Medical Center. A few years later, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Walter Reed Army MedicalCenter. After leaving the Army, he chaired the Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of Columbia General Hospital. He was promoted to Acting Commissioner for Public Health for the District of Columbia and later directed one of the busiest ambulance services in the nation as Interim Director of the Emergency Ambulatory Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department.

At APHA, Benjamin also serves as the publisher of the nonprofit's monthly publication, The Nation's Health, the association's official newspaper and The American Journal of Public Health, the professions premier scientific publication. He is the author of over 100 scientific articles and book chapters. 

Benjamin also serves on the boards of Research!America, Partnership for Prevention, the Reagan-Udall Foundation and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In 2008 he was named one of the top 25 minority executives in healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine in addition to being voted amongst the 100 most powerful people in healthcare in 2007 through 2010 and one of the nations Most Powerful Physician Executives in 2009 & 2010.


The Need for TSCA Reform: The Perspective of the American Public Health Association, January 5, 2012