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Professor Jo Ivey Boufford

Jo Ivey Boufford

Former Deputy Assistant and Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, USA

Jo Ivey Boufford is Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She is also Professor of Health Policy and Public Service at the Wagner School, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University Medical School. Prior to coming to Wagner, Dr. Boufford served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she also served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. From May 1991 to September 1993, Dr. Boufford served as Director of the King's Fund College, London England. Dr. Boufford served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal hospital system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 1992. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY in May 1992. She received her B.A. (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her M.D., with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.

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