Professor Receives Public Health Honor From CDC’s Watsonian Society

The Watsonian Society has named Dr. Richard Rothenberg of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as an Honorary Public Health Advisor.

The society, named after veteran public health advisor Bill Watson, was formed in 1985 to unite public health advisors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Its leaders give an annual award to recognize a person who has demonstrated leadership and support of public health advisors.

The Watsonian Society chose Dr. Rothenberg for his decades of research into the control of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and collaboration with public health advisors (PHAs). Dr. Rothenberg is a Regents Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Georgia State.

“Rich Rothenberg’s greatest contribution was to infuse science into the routine tasks of PHAs,” according to his nomination letter, which also praised Dr. Rothenberg for “demonstrating the previously underestimated utility of [public health advisors’] work to STD control.”

Dr. Richard Rothenberg receives Watsonian Society honor

Dr. Richard Rothenberg (center) was recognized recently as an Honorary Public Health Advisor by the CDC’s Watsonian Society. Also pictured, Camille Gonzalez, incoming President, Watsonian Society, and Nick Farrell, outgoing President.

Dr. Rothenberg holds an M.D. from Harvard School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health. He spent 25 years at the CDC and also taught at Emory University’s medical school.

“Public health advisors have formed the core of the CDC’s field staff for 60 years,” Dr. Rothenberg said. “I have worked closely with PHAs during my career, and it is an honor to receive this award recognizing my role with them.”