Dr. Gary M. Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District, was selected recently by public health peers to receive the 2013 Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology. The award was presented to Dr. Goldbaum Oct. 16 at Seattle-King County Public Health offices in Seattle, Wash.
Since February 2007, Gary Goldbaum has been the Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District, serving more than 710,000 residents in Snohomish County. He worked at Public Health—Seattle & King County prior to accepting the position of Health Officer. Dr. Goldbaum continues to teach at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The Noreen Harris Award is named for an esteemed King County epidemiologist/veterinarian who worked on HIV issues among underserved populations. Dr. Harris died suddenly in 1994. A peer committee considers nominations of public health professionals who have contributed to public health practice in King County, and who also are respected for their mentorship, humor, ethics, diverse interests, creativity, innovation, leadership, and perseverance.
A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (1978) and the University of Washington School of Public Health (1989), Dr. Goldbaum has been certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He was the Health Officer for Thurston and Skagit counties from 1987 to 1989, served in multiple leadership roles at Public Health – Seattle & King County from 1989 to 2007, saw patients at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from 1989 to 2007, and directed the University of Washington Preventive Medicine Residency from 1992 to 2002.
Dr. Goldbaum has conducted research at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, and local public health agencies in Washington State. He holds appointments as Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington. He also serves on the Boards of the Snohomish County Medical Society and Project Access Northwest, on the Nursing and Health Studies Advisory Board of the University of Washington—Bothell, and on the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition Steering Committee.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at http://www.snohd.org.