He has seen the health and health care system in operation first practicing emergency medicine and teaching medical students and residents at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. After earning his M.P.H. in 1985, he began caring for the more than 12 million people of Illinois as director of an agency with more than 1,300 employees in seven regional offices, three laboratories and locations in Springfield and Chicago. He has overseen improvements to programs dealing with women's and men's health, information and technology, emergency and bioterrorism preparedness, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, local health department coverage and the state's laboratory services.
Lumpkin has been chairman since 1996 of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. He served on the Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Medicine's Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century. He has served on the boards of directors for the Public Health Foundation and National Forum for Health Care Quality. He also has served as president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine, and as speaker and board of directors member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. While director, he received the Arthur MacCormack Excellence and Dedication in Public Health Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Jonas
Salk Health Leadership Award and the Leadership in Public Health Award from the Illinois Public Health Association. Lumpkin also has been the recipient of the Bill B. Smiley Award, Alan Donaldson Award, African American History Maker, and Public Health Worker of the Year. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Lumpkin earned his B.M.S. and M.D. degrees from Northwestern University
Medical School and his M.P.H. from the University of Illinois School of
Public Health. He trained in emergency medicine at the University of