Dr. Howard Zucker’s career has spanned the areas of medicine and public policy, having served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health focused on science, technology, and medicine and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health & Human Services, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization in charge of technologies and pharmaceuticals, as a White House Fellow, Institute of Politics Resident Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and presently, Commissioner of Health for the State of New York.
Among Zucker’s many public health projects, his work has involved spearheading a public-private partnership on health literacy that improved the lives of millions of women in Afghanistan, the creation of the nation’s 200,000+ volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, the global fight against counterfeit medicines, and a vision document for a federal initiative for regenerative medicine, which was endorsed by the World Stem Cell Summit. In his role as Commissioner, he focuses on all aspects of health care in New York. Zucker is Adjunct Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and senior advisor in the Division of Global Health & Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, where he is leading an initiative on a community peace index.
Zucker is a pediatrician, anesthesiologist, cardiologist, intensive care specialist, and lawyer. He trained at Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard and held academic positions at Yale University School of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, the clinical center at the National Institutes of Health, and Georgetown University Law School. He worked on biomedical experiments for the Space Shuttle and was a research affiliate at MIT’s Center for Space Research. Zucker also chaired the 5-year review of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).
Zucker has a Bachelor of Science from McGill, an M.D. from George Washington School of Medicine, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, a Masters of Law from Columbia Law School where he was a Kent Scholar, and a postgraduate diploma in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, and was a “high-level expert” for NATO on public health/emergency response. He has been listed in Best Doctor’s in America and was an ABC News Person of the Week.