Dr. Ira Helfand is a co-founder and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and currently serves on PSR’s board of directors. He also represents PSR on the Board of PSR’s global federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. In December of 2009 he represented PSR and IPPNW at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring President Obama.
He has published widely on the medical consequences of nuclear war and nuclear terrorism, including articles in the New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal, and has lectured throughout the United States and in Canada, the UK, Norway, Sweden, France, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and Cuba.
On May 15, 2008 Dr. Helfand testified before the US Senate Homeland Security Committee on developing a more adequate system in the United States for responding to medical disasters in general and nuclear terrorism in particular.