Howard K. Koh, MD

​Dr. Howard K. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2009–14, Dr. Koh served as the 14th assistant secretary for health for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by former president Barack Obama and being confirmed by the US Senate. During that time he oversaw 12 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 Regional Health Offices across the nation, and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. Dr. Koh graduated from Yale College, where he was president of the Yale Glee Club, and the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, serving as chief resident in both hospitals. He has earned board certification in four medical fields: internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology, and dermatology, as well as a master of public health degree from Boston University.​

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