Boris Lushniak

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Boris Lushniak
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Surgeon General of the United States
Acting
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 17, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Regina Benjamin
Personal details
Born Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater Northwestern University
Harvard University
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Public Health Service
Rank USPHSCC O8 infobox.svg Rear admiral
Unit USPHS Commissioned Corps insignia.png USPHS Commissioned Corps

Boris Lushniak is a United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps rear admiral who is currently serving as the acting Surgeon General of the United States,[1] since July 17, 2013. He was promoted to Rear Admiral (Upper Half) and named Deputy Surgeon General in 2010.

Lushniak has received the American Medical Association's Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine and the AMSUS Sustaining Member Lecture Award, as well as various awards from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Commissioner of Food and Drugs.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Lushniak is of Ukrainian ancestry, went to St. Ignatius College Prep and is a graduate of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Harvard School of Public Health.

Career[edit]

Lushniak spent 16 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there, he worked on assignments in Russia, Kosovo and Bangladesh. He also worked at the World Trade Center site and with the CDC anthrax team. Lushniak joined the Food and Drug Administration in 2004. He served as the Chief Medical Officer, Office of Counter-terrorism Policy and Planning in the Office of the Commissioner before being named FDA Assistant Commissioner, Counterterrorism Policy and Director of the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats within the Office of the Commissioner, the following year. He was promoted to Rear Admiral (Upper Half) and named Deputy Surgeon General in 2010.[2]

Awards and decorations[edit]

American Medical Association[edit]

  • AMA Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine[2]

Association of Military Surgeons of the United States[edit]

  • AMSUS Sustaining Member Lecture Award[2]

United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps[edit]

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Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
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Badge
Field Medical Readiness Badge
1st row
Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal with 1 gold award star
2nd row
Public Health Service Commendation Medal
Public Health Service Achievement Medal with 1 award star
Public Health Service Citation Medal
3rd row
Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation with 3 bronze service stars
Public Health Service Unit Commendation with 1 silver and 4 bronze service stars
Public Health Service Hazardous Duty Award
4th row
Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award
Public Health Service Special Assignment Service Award
Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award with 2 service stars
5th row
Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award
Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon
Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon
Badges
Deputy (or acting) Surgeon General Badge
Department of Health and Human Services Identification Badge

Personal life[edit]

Lushniak is married with two children, Stephanie and Larissa, and is a member of Plast, serving at camps for Ukrainians in Wisconsin and New York.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis from Smoking-Attributable Disease". Office of the Surgeon General. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Biography of the Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H.". U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Biography of Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak". My Travel Plans 4U. Retrieved 2011-05-27.