Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPHDean and Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health

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Boris D. Lushniak

Rear Admiral (retired) Boris D. Lushniak is dean and professor of the University of Maryland School of Public Health where he has launched a new global health initiative to build and expand education, research, and service activities aimed at improving health across the globe. He has also prioritized public health action for civic engagement around issues such as preventing gun violence.

Dr. Lushniak previously was professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics and professor of dermatology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps for 27 years, culminating in roles as U.S. Deputy Surgeon General from 2010 to 2015 and Acting Surgeon General from 2013 to 2014. During the 2015 Ebola epidemic, he commanded the USPHS Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia, the only U.S. government hospital providing care to ebola patients. He also orchestrated the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health and the first ever Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer.

He earned a bachelor’s and medical degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.