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Douglas Shenson

Associate Clinical Professor; Associate Professor Adjunct, Department of Medicine, General Medicine Section

Contact Information

Douglas Shenson, MD, MPH, MS, MA

Mailing Address

  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    76 Prince Street

    Newton, MA, 02465

    United States



Dr. Shenson is Associate Professor Adjunct, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Public Health. He is also Associate Director, Clinical Preventive Services, at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. Dr. Shenson directs Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC), a nonprofit agency dedicated to expanding the population-wide use of disease prevention services. As part of his work at SPARC, Dr. Shenson leads the Vote & Vax program, which is developing and testing a national strategy to provide influenza vaccinations at polling places. Dr. Shenson has led numerous research projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to better characterize the provision of vaccinations and cancer screening to older Americans. He is a co-founder of the medical humanitarian organization, Doctors of the World USA (now HealthRight International), and founder of the Human Rights Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center, the first clinic in New York City to attend exclusively to the documentation and service needs of survivors of torture. He is a board member of the International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2), which focuses on health issues of concern to elder American Indians. Between 2007 and 2016, Dr. Shenson was Course Director of Principles of Epidemiology and Public Health, at Yale School of Medicine (YSM). He currently directs the required Epidemiology, Public Health & Biostatistics Thread, which runs throughout the 18-month YSM pre-clinical curriculum, and he co-leads the YSM/YU Colloquium in History of Medicine and Public Health.

Education & Training

  • MS
    Harvard School of Public Health, Healthcare Management (2001)
  • Chief Resident Resident
    Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988)
  • MA
    Oxford University, Human Sciences (1985)
  • MD
    Tulane University School of Medicine (1985)
  • MPH
    Tulane Univ School of Public Health & Tropical Med (1985)
  • BA
    University of Pennsylvania, History, History & Sociology of Science (1977)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Immunization Excellence Award, Overall 2008-9Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and American Medical Association2009
Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public HealthAmerican Public Health Association2005
Health and Human Rights Leadership AwardDoctors of the World USA2004
Hesselbein Fellowship Award, Entrepreneurial Performance and Community Innovation, Peter Drucker Foundation2000
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Persistent Urban PovertySocial Science Research Council & Rockefeller Foundation1990
Visiting ScholarHastings Center for the Study of Biomedical Ethics1987
Isaac Ivan Lehmann AwardTulane University School of Medicine1982
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum LaudeUniversity of Pennsylvania1977

Professional Service

National Quality ForumPriority setting for health care performance measurement2014 - Present
American Public Health AssociationOfficer, Medical Care Section2011 - 2014
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Healthy Aging ProgramLead, Study Group on an Up-to-Date Measure of Adult Clinical Preventive Services2010 - 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Committee on Influenza Vaccine Assurance Strategies2004 - 2005

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