Harry Perlstadt, Ph.D., MPH
Board of Directors
Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, Michigan
Dr. Perlstadt, representative delegate from the American Lung Association of the Midland States, is a medical sociologist and professor emeritus at Michigan State University. He earned his doctorate in sociology at the University of Chicago and a master of public health in health planning and administration from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Perlstadt first volunteered with the American Lung Association of Michigan (ALAM) as a member of its anti-tobacco advocacy committee and became the first chair (1984-1991) of the Michigan Coalition on Smoking OR Health, which united the Lung Association, Heart Association, and Cancer Society to pass Michigan’s first clean indoor air act. He joined the ALAM board in 1986, received a Public Service Achievement (1985) and Advocate of the Year Award (1996) from ALAM and a Resolution of Tribute for Public Service from the State Senate of Michigan (1992). He served on the merger committee to form the ALA of the Midland States and then as its chair (2010-2012). He has served on the American Lung Association National Council and Assembly (1999-2009), and on the National Research Scientific Advisory Committee (2003-2009).
In addition to his work with the Lung Association, Dr. Perlstadt has been chair of the American Public Health Association's Science Board, co-chair of its Joint Policy Committee and was an ex-officio member of its Executive Board. Dr. Perlstadt specializes in medical sociology, health organizations and delivery systems, and evaluation research. His work has been funded by a variety of agencies, including the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Health Resource Services Administration, National Institute for Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. In 2010, he was a Fulbright lecturer on U.S. healthcare policy and politics at Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. He is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2011-2012. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association.