|Colleagues & Benefactors:|
| Douglas Diekema|
|AAP Circumcision Task Force 2012|
|American Academy of Pediatrics|
Susan Blank, MD, MPH is the Chairwoman of the 2012 AAP Task force on Circumcision. The Task force released new policy statement on circumcision on August 27, 2012.
She has worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 1992. She is affiliated with the CDC and works at the DOHMH as an assignee from the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention at the CDC. Currently she is the Director and Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of STD Control. She appears to be convinced of the medical advantages of circumcision.
Blank was an Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the time that a mohel was believed to have infected three infants with herpes after performing mouth suction on their penis wounds. One of those infants died and another was believed to have brain damage. Thomas R. Frieden also worked at DOHMH at the time. It appears that Blank helped do research for the letter that Frieden later published as "An Open Letter to the Jewish Community", in response to these events.
- ↑ "Susan Blank, MD, MPH". http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/std2010/webprogram/Person21221.html.
- ↑ ""New York Officials Bar Rabbi from Circumcision Ritual" (2005/02)". http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/7/iii.full.
- ↑ "2005 Health Alert #46: Neonatal herpes infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 following circumcision with oral suctioning (metzitzah b’peh) [a letter to doctors"]. http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/cd/05md46.pdf.