About Alan Blum

Dr. Alan Blum

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Dr. Alan Blum, who hails form New York, joined the faculty in 1999 as professor and the first holder of the Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair in Family Medicine. A graduate of Amherst College and Emory UniversitySchool of Medicine, Dr. Blum completed his family medicine residency and fellowship at the University of Miami. He was editor of The Medical Journal of Australia and the New YorkState Journal of Medicine and then served 13 years on the faculty in family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Blum’s involvement in counteracting the tobacco pandemic led him, as a resident, to form DOC (Doctors Ought To Care), a national organization focusingon school-based and community wide health promotion. For this effort, Dr. Blum received the first National Public Health Award of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

At the University of Alabama, Dr. Blum has established the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society and has been collecting tobacco-related items and historical artifacts for over 40 years.

Blum has served as editor or on the editorial board of nine medical journals, written numerous articles in scholarly and popular journals, and traveled widely as a public speaker. Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called him an “unsung hero of the world of public health.” In his spare time, he is writing on a book of his sketches and stories of patients. He and his wife, Doris, have three sons, Leon, David, and Samuel.

Wallace Endowed Chair
Center for the Study of Tobacco & Society
College of Community Health Sciences
The University of Alabama
Phone: (205) 348-1372
E-mail: ablum@cchs.ua.edu