Philadelphia, Pa., November 10, 2009 — The Sidel-Levy Award for Peace, which recognizes an APHA member who has made outstanding contributions to preventing war and promoting international peace, was presented to Robert Gould, MD.
Gould is president of the San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility. He chairs APHA’s Peace Caucus, is an active member of the Environmental Committee of the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Medical Association, a member of the national board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility and an associate pathologist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Jose, Calif.
A native of the Bronx, Gould graduated from State University of New York/Buffalo and then the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After a residency at the San Francisco Kaiser Foundation Hospital, he became board certified in pathology.
Among his peace efforts, Gould has authored or co-authored numerous resolutions passed by the APHA Governing Council against nuclear testing, an excessive military budget, the Strategic Defense Initiative, landmines, chemical weapons and other issues. He also has submitted many resolutions adopted by the California Medical Association, including those calling for preventing dioxin waste from medical facilities, preventing human exposure to mercury, reducing the use of pesticides, replacing medical devices containing phthalates from neonatal intensive care units, reducing air pollution, abolishing weapons of mass destruction and avoiding accidental nuclear war.
Gould was honored with the Santa Clara County Medical Association’s “Outstanding Contribution in Community Service” award in 2001 and was listed as one of Santa Clara County’s “Top 400 Physicians” in peer-reviewed surveys published in San Jose Magazine from 2001–2007.
He has authored and co-authored many writings, including “Rollback! Rightwing Power in U.S. Foreign Policy” with Thomas Bodenheimer, the chapter “Public Health Effects of Biological Weapons” in the book “War and Public Health” and the chapter “Prevention of Nuclear Terrorism” in the book “Terrorism and Public Health.” He co-wrote editorials for the American Journal of Public Health titled “Bioterrorism Initiatives: Public Health in Reverse?” as well as “Bioterrorism Preparedness: Cooptation of Public Health?” and “The Pitfalls of Bioterrorism Preparedness: the Anthrax and Smallpox Experiences.” He wrote “Public Health Challenges of Bioterrorism” for the journal San Francisco Medicine and has contributed to a number of published letters and other works on the issue of bioterrorism and biopreparedness.
In 2000 Gould served as a member of the scientific panel providing advice to the Advisory Group on Low Level Radioactive Waste Management established by then-California Gov. Gray Davis to examine options for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste. He has worked on a variety of environmental issues in the past decade, including collaborating on California’s version of “Generations at Risk” that explored issues of reproductive and developmental toxins. He is active in the local “Zero Dioxin” coalition and continues to support reduced pesticide use in California. He served as a member of the steering committee that provided oversight and planning to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored “International Summit on Breast Cancer and Environment: Research Needs.”