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; Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health and Human Services; Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization in charge of technologies and pharmaceuticals; White House Fellow; Institute of Politics Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School; and presently, Commissioner of Health for the State of New York.
Among his many public health projects, Zucker spearheaded a public-private partnership on health literacy that improved the lives of millions of women in Afghanistan, created the 200,000+ volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, led the global fight against counterfeit medicines, and created a vision document for a federal initiative on regenerative medicine, which was endorsed by the World Stem Cell Summit. In his role as Commissioner of Health, 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 and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital, 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 University, and held academic positions at the Yale University School of Medicine, the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the clinical center at the National Institutes of Health, and the Georgetown University Law School. He worked on biomedical experiments for the Space Shuttle program and was a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Space Research. Zucker also chaired the five-year review of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
Zucker has a B.S. from McGill University, an M.D. from George Washington School of Medicine, a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, a Master of Laws from Columbia Law School where he was a Kent Scholar, and a postgraduate diploma in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene & 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 and emergency response. He has been listed in the Best Doctors in America list and was an ABC News Person of the Week.