Howard A. Zucker
Senior Advisor, Massachusetts General Hospital, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.S., McGill University; M.D., George Washington; J.D., Fordham; LL.M., Columbia
Dr. Zucker joined the Georgetown University Law School faculty as Adjunct Professor of Law in Summer 2011. He is Senior Advisor in the Division of...Continue Reading
Dr. Zucker joined the Georgetown University Law School faculty as Adjunct Professor of Law in Summer 2011. He is Senior Advisor in the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital where he leads the team on development and implementation of a global Community Peace Index and was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School teaching a seminar on global health diplomacy and foreign policy. Dr. Zucker has served as Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization in charge of the Health Technology & Pharmaceuticals cluster, as Representative of the Director-General for Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Public Health, and Chair of the International Medical Products Anti-counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT). Prior to his appointment at WHO, Dr. Zucker served in the U.S. federal government, initially as a White House Fellow and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health focused on science, technology, and medicine where he wrote the HHS vision document on the future of regenerative medicine, helped manage the anthrax crisis, worked on public health preparedness and preventive health strategies, and working with the National Security Council, developed a Children’s Hospital in Iraq. Most notably, he conceived of, and developed the nation’s Medical Reserve Corps that now has over 250,000 volunteers in 900 programs in all fifty states. 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. Working on a public-private partnership, he spearheaded a major public health literacy project that has improved the lives of over 7 million people in Afghanistan. Dr. Zucker received his B.S. degree from McGill University and while in college worked with NASA astronauts designing Space Shuttle experiments. He received his M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine, J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric anesthesiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zucker has served as an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, an Associate Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, on the clinical faculty at the National Institutes of Health and as a research affiliate at MIT. He was director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His honors include ABC World News Tonight’s Person of the Week, Columbia University pediatrics Teacher of the Year, member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and is listed in Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in the World. He serves as a contributor to the Consults Blog for The New York Times science section and has written and spoken extensively on national and global health issues.