Awards & Honors

Rock Star of ScienceTM, GQ Magazine, 2010

Health Leader of the Year, Commissioned Officers Association, 2009

This highest award of the Commissioned Officers Association of the United States Public Health Service is presented to Admiral Blumenthal for “a distinguished career and many contributions to the field of public health practice that positively affect…all Americans and people all over the planet…and for your work in applying technology to improve health education.”

Founding Champion Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2018

In recognition of her national leadership in the fight against multiple sclerosis and pioneering work on autoimmune diseases in women.

Honorary Doctorate, Sapienza University of Rome, October 2015

Dr. Blumenthal received a Doctor Honoris Causa Degree from Sapienza University for her leadership, commitment, and contributions to improving public health, including, obesity prevention, the fight against HIV/AIDS, women’s health issues and advancing health care reform efforts.

Stateswoman of Health, Soroka Institute, June 2014

Stateswoman of Health, Soroka Medical Center, Israel

Distinguished Leadership Award, Institut Curie, October 2013

In recognition of her pioneering leadership in women’s health and support in advancing the mission of the Institute Curie in fighting cancer.

Commencement Speaker, University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, 2013

Honorary Doctorate, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 2013

“Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, awarded Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Graduation Ceremonies of HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus. Rabbi Ellenson stated, “Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. has devoted her expertise to promoting better health care for the nation and the world. Her acumen as a physician, commitment to women’s health, coupled with her wise guidance of medical education, have earned her a position of renown in the field of medicine and public health care.”

Centennial Life in Discovery Award, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2012

This award is given to women leaders in the fields of medicine and science who have had a transforming influence in the world in honor of the institution’s namesake, Dr. Rosalind Franklin.

Honorary Doctorate, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2012

“For her visionary leadership and landmark contributions in bringing understudied health issues to increased public and scientific attention and developing multi-sector initiatives and “health in all policies” solutions to complex health challenges. Rear Admiral Blumenthal has been a major force in advancing women’s health, global health, AIDS, and disease and violence prevention. She has also been involved in addressing emerging health threats including obesity, bioterrorism and pandemic flu and has been at the frontline in the fight against breast cancer. Blumenthal was a pioneer in exposing the inequities in women’s health and the lack of attention to gender differences in disease.”

First International “Progetto Donna” Award for Women’s Health, AILA Foundation, 2010

For “pioneering and distinguished leadership to a woman recognized  throughout the world for her accomplishments in medicine, in particular women’s health”

Health Leader of the Year AwardPsychiatric News, 2009.

Distinguished Service Medal, United States Public Health Service, US Dept of Health and Human Services, 2006

This highest medal of the US Public Health Service awarded for “distinguished and pioneering leadership, groundbreaking contributions, and dedicated public service that has improved the health of women, our Nation and the world.”

Doctor of Distinction, Hadassah, Dallas, Texas, 2006

For “distinguished service as a doctor of distinction in the Uniformed Services of the United States.”

Commencement Speaker, University of Michigan School of Medicine, 2005

Honorary Doctorate of Science, Ben Gurion University, 2005

For “pioneering leadership in advancing global and women’s health”

Brandeis University Abram L. Sachar Presidential Medallion, 2005

For  “a woman of outstanding achievement and rare accomplishment in education”

Named Jewish Heroine of America, Florida Atlantic University Libraries, 2008

Featured in Judaica Collection exhibit on Jewish Generals and Admirals in America’s Military, Florida Atlantic University Libraries, 2008

Bundy Visiting Professor and Lecturer, Mayo Clinic, 2005

Commencement Speaker, University of New Jersey School of Medicine, 2005

Visiting Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard University School of Government, 2004

Distinguished Service Award, Spirit of Life Foundation, 2004

For “distinguished contributions and global leadership in the war against cancer”

Women’s Leadership Award, Save the Children, 2004

For “international leadership that has improved the lives of women and girls globally”

National Public Service Award, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2004

For “exemplary national leadership and contributions in raising awareness and making progress in the fight against breast cancer”

Member, Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2004

For “exemplary service to and leadership in humanism in medicine”

Honorary Professor and Commencement Speaker, Ben Gurion University School of Medicine, 2004

Commencement Speaker, Sackler School of Medicine, 2004

Leadership Award, The Women’s Center, 2003

For “exemplary national leadership in improving women’s health”

Featured physician in the National Library of Medicine Exhibit “Changing the Face of Medicine,” honoring outstanding women physicians of the 20th century, 2003

Achievement Medal, U.S. Public Health Service, 2002

For “outstanding national leadership and contributions that have improved the health of the nation and for innovative and pioneering work in the application of information technology to health”

U.S. Congressional Citation, 2001

For “being at the forefront of improving the physical and mental health of women”

Mayor’s Award of Merit, City of Baltimore, 2001

For “exemplary public service”

Special Assignment Medal, U.S. Public Health Service, 2001

For “contributions while on special assignment to the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture”

Woman of Distinction Award, Hadassah Organization, 2001

For “landmark contributions to improving women’s health”

Woman of Genius Award–Trinity College

For “groundbreaking contributions to improving women’s health”

Feminist First Award — The Feminist Majority Foundation

For “groundbreaking work and contributions in women’s health”

Founder’s Award — Komen Foundation, 2000

For “distinguished leadership and contributions to the fight against breast cancer”

Woman of Valor Award — United Jewish Appeal, 1999

For “distinguished leadership and contributions to the fight against breast  cancer and to the advancement of women’s health”

Humanitarian Award — AMIT, 1999

For “outstanding national leadership that has improved women’s health”

Woman of Distinction Award — American Association of University Women, 1998

For “ distinguished leadership in the advancement of women’s health”

Honorary Doctorate of Science –Pine Manor College, 1998

For “the inspiration and significant contributions made to improving women’s health and the mental health of the nation.”

Women and Wellness Award — Mosaic Foundation, 1999

For “distinguished leadership and contributions to the fight against breast  cancer and to the advancement of women’s health”

Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal – U.S. Public Health Service, 1997

For “exemplary service to the Office of the Surgeon General.”

Elizabeth Blackwell Visiting Lecturer — Mayo Clinic and Foundation, 1998

For “a distinguished woman in medicine who has made significant contributions to the health of the nation.”

Special Assignment Award – U.S. Public Health Service, 1998

For “outstanding contributions while on a special assignment.”

Francis Braceland Award for Public Service — American Psychiatric Association, 1998

For “distinguished national public service and outstanding contributions as an author, spokesperson, and publicist in the service of the mentally ill and disabled and to the art and science of helping them.”

Commendation Award — Naval Sea Command, 1998

“On behalf of the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, our appreciation for your pioneering leadership, dedication and untiring efforts in bringing breast cancer awareness to the forefront of our country’s health care agenda.”

Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters – Trinity College, 1996

For “national leadership in the fight against breast cancer, for outstanding contributions to the fields of women’s health, and for commitment to scientific research and greater understanding of mental illness.”

Robert Moreton Oration –The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Radiologic Society, 1998

For “innovative contributions to fostering new frontiers in imaging to improve women’s health.”

Magnificent Seven Award – National Association of Business and Professional Women

For “leadership in making women’s health concerns of primary importance for our society, and for raising awareness nationally about the impact of clinical depression on women.”

DHHS Assistant Secretary for Health’s Outstanding Team Performance – The National Action Plan on Breast Cancer Team, 1996

For “outstanding leadership, teamwork, and dedicated public service in the fight against breast cancer.”

DHHS Assistant Secretary for Healths Special Recognition Award – The HHS Joint Planning Committee for the Canada-USA Women’s Health Forum, 1996

For “outstanding contributions and dedicated efforts in planning the Canada-USA Women’s Health Forum.”

Secretary’s Honor Award – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996

For “outstanding collaborative efforts to strengthen services for victims of family violence nationwide and implement new programs under the Violence Against Women Act of the Crime Bill.”

Gracie Award – American Women in Radio and Television, Inc., New York, 1997

For “outstanding television programming on breast cancer as host of Healthy Women 2000.”

Communications Achievement Award – Susan B. Komen Toastmasters – Washington, DC, March 1997

For “national leadership and outstanding communications abilities on women’s health and mental illness.”

Inspiration Award – Juvenile Diabetes Association, State College, Pennsylvania, 1997

For “inspirational leadership in women’s health.”

Gretchen Posten Award – The National Race for the Cure, Susan B. Komen Foundation, 1996

For “national leadership and outstanding public service in the fight against breast cancer.”

Lila Wallis Distinguished Professor of Women’s Health, Cornell University School of Medicine, 1996

For “distinguished leadership and contributions to the field of women’s health.”

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Public Service Award, 1996

For “national leadership in fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness.”

Life Member – Academy of Eating Disorders, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, 1996

“In recognition of your longstanding and important contributions to the understanding and treatment of eating disorders.”

The McGovern Award, American Medical Writer’s Association, 1995

For “outstanding achievement in advancing public understanding and awareness of issues in women’s health.”

Outstanding Service Award – Community Psychiatric Clinics, 1995

For “outstanding national leadership and public service in the advancement of women’s mental health.”

Public Health Service Award – National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders and the Academy for Eating Disorders, 1995

For “dedication to public service in the field of eating disorders.”

Certificate of Merit – Susan B. Komen Foundation, 1995

For “dedicated efforts and support in the fight against breast cancer.”

Presidential Commendation for Outstanding Service – American Medical Women’s Association, 1994

For “personal and professional achievement and outstanding contributions to the field of women’s health.”

The Robert Morse Special Achievement Award – American Medical Writer’s Association, 1994

For “outstanding achievement in public education about women’s health and mental illness.”

Meritorious Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service, 1992

For “distinguished scientific leadership in research and education about  mental illness and meritorious public service that has enhanced the mental health of the nation.”

Commendation Medal of the United States Public Health Service, 1990

For “distinguished service, leadership and scientific excellence in behavioral medicine and women’s health research, and for outstanding contributions to public and medical education about mental illness.”

Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service, 1989

For “outstanding leadership, scientific excellence and dedicated public and health care professional education activities in behavioral medicine and suicide research.”

Trendsetter Award for Research and Advocacy on Women’s Health, 1993

Awarded by the National Leadership Council to the Co-Founders of the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research

Charter Member Commendation, Public Affairs Network, American Psychiatric Association, 1987

Cited in Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in Medicine; Who’s Who in American Women; Who’s Who in the Health Professions; Who’s Who in Science and Engineering; and Who’s Who in the East