Harvey I. Sloane, M.D., is a public health physician with extensive grassroots and organizational experience. Currently, he is director of public health at the Eurasian Medical Education Program (an NGO) and is integral in setting up tuberculosis and HIV control programs and working on disease prevention initiatives with Russian counterparts.
Early in his career, he served in President Kennedy’s Appalachian Health Program in Eastern Kentucky, and then as a medical doctor treating civilians in Vietnam in the late 1960s. In 1968, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he initiated and directed one of the nation’s first community health centers, which recently celebrated its fortieth anniversary. He served two terms as Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, and one term as county-executive of Jefferson County, Kentucky. In 1990, he lost a close general election Senate campaign to Senator Mitch McConnell.
In the 1990s, he was commissioner of health for the District of Columbia, where he had overview authority over all of the District’s health and infection (tuberculosis and HIV) control programs. He has worked with Project HOPE promoting early child development and literacy programs in Gary, Indiana and Camden, New Jersey.
He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, attended medical school at Case Western School of Medicine, and completed his internship at the Cleveland Clinic.