Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Just prior to assuming his current position, Howard Zucker spent a year as the White House fellow assigned to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson. At HHS he has worked on a range of issues, including genetics/tissue engineering, bioterrorism and public health preparedness, and formation of the Medical Reserve Corps.
While in college, Dr. Zucker worked with NASA astronauts at MIT designing Space Shuttle microgravity experiments. After becoming a doctor at age 22, he trained in various pediatrics disciplines at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School. He then served on the medical faculties at Yale, Columbia, and Cornell. At Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, he was associate professor of clinical pediatrics & anesthesiology, directed its pediatric ICU, and supervised design of its award-winning critical care complex.
Dr. Zucker has been named an ABC World News "Person of the Week" and a Columbia University pediatrics "Teacher of the Year," and he is listed in Best Doctors in America and Who's Who in the World. He is a founding member of the Little Hearts Foundation and has traveled on medical missions to China, helping orphans in need of reconstructive surgery. He consulted on the American Museum of Natural History's "Genomic Revolution" exhibit.
He holds a B.S. degree from McGill University, an M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School.