APHA honors the life and leadership of Victor Sidel, MD

Date: Jan 31 2018

Contact: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association

Washington D.C., Jan. 31, 2018 – "We celebrate the life of our former colleague and friend Victor W. Sidel, MD. Dr. Sidel was a giant in the field of public health and a tireless advocate for the underserved.

"Dr. Sidel led a distinguished academic career and held numerous leadership positions. In addition to being elected president of the American Public Health Association and the Public Health Association of New York City, he was a founder and president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He also served as co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a group which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

"He was recognized by peers as a recipient of APHA’s highest honor, the Sedgwick Memorial Medal. He also established in concert with his longtime collaborator and former APHA President Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace. In addition, he was the author and editor of many books and articles about the human consequences of war, international health, poverty and other social issues.

"We honor Dr. Sidel’s legacy and tireless work for creating a more just, peaceful and healthy world and celebrate his lifetime of contributions to the field of public health."


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