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Staff Profile: Jo Ivey Boufford

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
President, President's Office

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford is Professor Emeritus 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 is Co-Director of the National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program. 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. 

From May 1991 to September 1993, Dr. Boufford served as Director of the King’s Fund College, London, England. The King’s Fund is a royal charity dedicated to the support of health and social services in London and the United Kingdom. She served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989. 

Dr. Boufford was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC for 1979–1980. She served as a member of the National Council on Graduate Medical Education 1998-2002 and the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1997–2002. She currently serves on the boards of the United Hospital Fund, Public Health Solutions and The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She was President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in 2002–2003. Elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992, she served as its Foreign Secretary from July 2006 to December 2014 and is a member of its Board on Global Health. She received Honorary Doctorate of Science degrees from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, May 1992, New York Medical College, May 2007, Pace University, May 2011 and Toledo University, June 2012. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2005. She has been a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine since 1988 and a Trustee since 2004. 

Dr. Boufford attended Wellesley College for two years and received her BA (Psychology) magna cum laude 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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