RENSSELAER, NY, July 10, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Howard Alan Zucker, MD, JD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Zucker has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Commissioner of Health for the State of New York, appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and confirmed by the State Senate on May 5, 2015, Dr Zucker successfully oversees a $60+ billion agency that strives to promote and protect the health of all New Yorkers. He is board-certified in six specialties/subspecialties and trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, pediatric critical care medicine/pediatric anesthesiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School.
As Commissioner, Dr. Zucker presides over the state's Medicaid program, the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council, and the Wadsworth Center, the state's preeminent public health laboratory. He also oversees the entire health care workforce, as well as health care facilities, including hospitals, long-term care and nursing homes. Dr. Zucker supervised the launch of New York's medical marijuana program and is currently assessing the impact of a regulated marijuana program. Dr. Zucker has also developed campaigns to address public health issues, including lead contamination, legionella and breast cancer screenings and most recently established a new working group on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. His extensive review of scientific literature led New York State to reject hydrofracking.
As first deputy commissioner, a position he held from September 2013 to May 2015, Dr. Zucker worked on the state Department of Health's natural disaster and emergency preparedness and response initiatives. He collaborated closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other health-related entities in the New York City.
Born in the Bronx, Dr. Zucker attended George Washington University School of Medicine where he earned his MD at the age of 22, making him one of the country's youngest doctors.
Prior to 2013 Dr. Zucker served at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University as a professor of clinical anesthesiology and at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx as a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist. He was also an adjunct professor of biosecurity law at Georgetown University Law School.
Dr. Zucker served as an Institute of Politics Resident Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and subsequently as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. His extensive experience in public policy began as a White House Fellow under Tommy G. Thompson, the then-Health and Human Services Secretary. Later, Dr. Zucker was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health. In this role, he conceived of and developed the nation's Medical Reserve Corps, which is now run by the U.S. Surgeon General. It boasts 1,000 programs and over 200,000 volunteers. He was also involved in the development of the initial SARS preparedness plan, the anthrax crisis, and the NIH autism summit. In addition, Dr. Zucker led a multidisciplinary tissue engineering/regenerative medicine team and also spearheaded The Afghan Family Health Book, a health literacy project that has educated millions of women in Afghanistan.
Dr. Zucker has been recognized internationally for his work to advance global health as well. He currently is senior advisor in Massachusetts General Hospital's Division of Global Health and Human Rights where he leads a team of experts in developing a research initiative to identify the effectiveness of peace intervention programs in war-torn and economically unstable countries.
As a former Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of the Health Technology & Pharmaceuticals cluster, he was the highest ranked American at the WHO and spearheaded efforts to globally combat counterfeit medicines as well as address the interface between intellectual property rights, innovation and public health. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, and was a "high-level expert" on public health for NATO.
Dr. Zucker has traveled to Haiti and China on medical missions and spoken throughout the United States on national health policy issues as well as internationally on global health challenges.
His clinical experiences has included serving as associate professor of clinical pediatrics and anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and pediatric director of the ICU at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he launched the restructuring of the critical care complex both from a clinical care delivery standpoint as well as the physical environment. He has held academic appointments at Yale University School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, and as a research affiliate in the Center for Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
While an undergraduate student at McGill University where he earned his B.S. degree, Dr. Zucker helped design zero-gravity medical experiments that were conducted aboard several Space Shuttle missions. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of the nongovernmental organization that oversees the U.S. National Lab on the International Space Station.
Dr. Zucker holds a J.D. from Fordham University Law School, a LL.M. from Columbia Law School and a postgraduate diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds an honorary Doctor of Science from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He was named an ABC World News' Person of the Week and Columbia University Pediatrics Teacher of the Year. Dr. Zucker has been listed in Best Doctors in America as well as Who's Who in the World. He is a member of the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Howard Alan Zucker, MD, JD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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