2003 Commencement Speaker: Allan Rosenfield, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Allan Rosenfield currently is Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, DeLamar Professor of Public Health and professor of obstetrics and gynecology. He came to Columbia in 1975 as founding director of the Center for Population and Family Health and director of ambulatory care for the Department of Ob/Gyn. He also served for two years as Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn. Earlier in his career, following training in ob/gyn at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital, he worked first in Nigeria as an obstetrician and then in Thailand as Population Council Representative and advisor to the Ministry of Public Health for Family Planning and Maternal/Child Health. He earned his B.A. at Harvard University and his M.D. at Columbia University.

Dr. Rosenfield is a diplomat of the American Board of Ob/Gyn, a fellow of the American College of Ob/Gyn and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. He is a member of many scientific and professional organizations and serves on the boards and/or committees of a number of international, national, state and local health-related organizations. He is a member of the boards of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Packard Foundation and serves on advisory committees to other national foundations, including the Dyson Foundation and the Open Society Institute (Soros). He has served, in the past, as president of the New York Obstetrical Society, president of the Association of Schools of Public Health, chair of the Executive Board of APHA, chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of WHO's Human Reproduction Programme, and Chair of the Boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Alan Guttmacher Institute and EngenderHealth.

Dr. Rosenfield is currently chairman of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Advisory Council, and Chair of AmFAR's Public Policy Committee. He has received several honors, including awards from the Government of Thailand, the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, and APHA's Martha May Elliot and Carl Schultz Awards. He has written extensively on domestic and international issues in the fields of population, women's reproductive health, human rights and health policy.

Dean Rosenfield's Welcome Message
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University