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Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997.
Dr. Boufford currently serves on the board of the United Hospital Fund, Public Health Solutions and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and chairs the Public Health Committee of the State Public Health and Health Planning Council. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and is a member of its Board on Global Health, Board on African Science Academy Development and serves as its Foreign Secretary . She has received honorary degrees from the State University of New York- Brooklyn, New York Medical College, Pace University, and the University of Toledo. She has been a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine since 1988. Dr. Boufford received her BA from the University of Michigan, and her MD with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is board certified in pediatrics.
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