Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is well-known as a health leader, practitioner and administrator. Dr. Benjamin has served as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since 2002. Prior, he was secretary of health for the state of Maryland.


Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Research!America, the University of Maryland Medical System and the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.


In 2016 President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Benjamin to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which advises the president on assuring the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure.


Recent Posts by Georges Benjamin

Public Health 3.0: A Blueprint For The Future Of Public Health

While we have made great advances in public health, life expectancy in the United States has been stagnant for three years in a row. Public health needs to innovate and reinvent itself so that we have what it takes to ensure that the American people are healthy, ready, and competitive in this...

Place Matters: Making The United States The Healthiest Nation, Community By Community

Those working outside of medicine and public health can be valuable partners in addressing the social determinants that shape our health and well-being, the leaders of the Aetna Foundation and the American Public Health Association say.

Vital Signs: A Call To Action On Core Metrics

In April 2015, the Institute of Medicine released Vital Signs, a consensus committee report which identifies 15 core measures for assessing the nation’s health. The following blog post offers perspectives from the CEOs of five health care organizations whose support is critical to the progress...