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Jo Ivey Boufford , MD

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, 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. She served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989.

Dr. Boufford currently serves on the boards of the United Hospital Fund, the Primary Care Development Corporation and Public Health Solutions, formerly MHRA. She was President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in 2002–2003 and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and is a member of its Executive Council, Board on Global Health and Board on African Science Academy Development. She was elected to serve a second four-year term as the Foreign Secretary of the IOM beginning July 1, 2010.

Dr. Boufford also received an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, in May 1992 and the New York Medical College in May 2007. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2005 and 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.