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Howard K. Koh
Assistant Secretary for Health
We are pleased
to share with you that Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the
Practice of Public Health and Associate Dean at Harvard School of Public Health
(HSPH), was nominated today by President Barack Obama to be assistant secretary
for health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr Koh is also Director
of the Division of Public Health Practice at HSPH.
The assistant secretary for
health is responsible for the major health agencies, including the CDC, FDA and
NIH, and is the leading health advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Howard has served as the Principal Investigator of multiple research grants related
to community-based participatory research, cancer prevention, health disparities,
tobacco control, and emergency preparedness. He is also Director of the HSPH Center
for Public Health Preparedness.
Dr. Koh previously served as Commissioner of
Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1997-2003) where he emphasized
the power of prevention for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which
included four public health hospitals and a staff of over 3,000 professionals.
Howard graduated from Yale College, Yale University School of Medicine and completed
his postgraduate training and chief residencies at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts
General Hospital. He has earned board certification in internal medicine, hematology,
medical oncology, and dermatology, as well as a Master of Public Health degree.
Howard is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and Chair of the Board
of Scientific Counselors for the CDC's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness
and Emergency Response. Dr. Koh has published over 200 articles in the medical and
public health literature. He has received numerous awards and honors including the
Distinguished Service Award from the American Cancer Society. President Bill Clinton
appointed Howard to the National Cancer Advisory Board (2000-2002).
of his contributions to early detection and prevention of melanoma, the Boston Red
Sox designated Dr. Koh as a "Medical All-Star" (2003).
Howard is a brother of
Harold H. Koh (Koh, Harold Hongju; ICAS Liberty Award recipient;
Dean of Yale Law School) who was nominated on March 23, 2009 by President Barack
Obama to serve as Legal Advisor of US Department of State.
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