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Michael Blackwell

blackwell-headshot-nov-2016A life of public service is what exemplifies Dr. Michael Blackwell. Like his father, he earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Tuskegee University. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University.

In addition to many years in private practice, Dr. Blackwell has also served as: Chief of Staff, Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S., Chief Veterinary Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, and Chief Veterinary Officer of the Humane Society of the United States. As an active duty commissioned officer, he achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General. In addition, he has served on many Boards and Committees.

Dr. Blackwell is very personable and enjoys inspiring and motivating others to excel and overcome obstacles to their personal and professional growth. He is dedicated to building and facilitating highly effective teams, and especially enjoys mentoring in effective leadership and public policy.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions. Most notable are the Distinguished Service Medal, which is the highest personal honor award of the United States Public Health Service, as well as two Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medals.

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2016-17 Trailblazer Series: Dr. Michael Blackwell