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George E. Hardy, Jr., MD, MPH

National Institutes of Health Contributor


Dr. Hardy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Albion College in Albion, Michigan. He received his medical degree from the Cornell University Medical College and his master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health.  A physician-administrator trained in epidemiology and public health administration, Dr. Hardy is Board Certified in general preventive medicine and public health and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Dr. Hardy began his public health career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1966. In addition to holding increasingly responsible positions at the CDC, he also served as Health Officer for the Jefferson County Department of Health in Birmingham, Alabama, and as a member of the professional staff of the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1980, Dr. Hardy was named Assistant Director of CDC, heading the CDC office in Washington, DC for 12 years.  In 1984, he was appointed Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. He has represented the government of the United States on official delegations of the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Bank.
From 1992 to 1999, he served as Executive Director of the International Life Sciences Institute in Washington, DC and from 1999 to 2006 he served as Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, also in Washington.  After a 40-year career in public health practice, he retired to his home state of New Jersey where he is currently a public health practice consultant.  In addition to his consulting practice, Dr. Hardy also chairs the Dean’s Advisory Council at The George Washington University School of Public Health and holds appointment as a Professorial Lecturer at that institution.
Academic and Professional Society Affiliations
Dr. Hardy has lectured at the Emory University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and The George Washington University School of Public Health.  In addition to his other professional responsibilities, he has served as Speaker of the Council of the American Public Health Association; President of the National Association of County Health Officials; a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Preventive Medicine; a Trustee of the Food and Drug Law Institute; and a charter member of the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–the CDC Foundation.
Dr. Hardy has received many awards for his work in public health, including several for his service to the people of Alabama; the CDC Medal of Excellence; the CDC Lifetime Achievement Award; the Public Health Service’s Distinguished Service Medal; the Surgeon General’s Medallion; and both the American Public Health Association (APHA) Executive Director’s Citation and Meritorious Service Award for Leadership in Health Administration.
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