From 1988 to 1990, he was associate director of disease control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington. He ended his career nine years later as senior adviser at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
During his long career, Dr. Seltser had been a consultant to the surgeon general's advisory committee on smoking and health, which discouraged cigarette smoking and cigarette advertising.
The former Forest Park and Pikesville resident lived in Chevy Chase for the past 25 years.
He had been a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, serving on the board of electors and the religious school committee. He also had been a member of the Baltimore Board of Jewish Education.
Dr. Seltser was a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation.
He enjoyed photography.
Services were held Feb. 19 at the Washington Hebrew Cemetery in Clarksville.
In addition to his son, Dr. Seltser is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Charlotte Gale; another son, Andrew David Seltser of Friday Harbor, Wash.; and a granddaughter.