Jo Ivey Boufford, MD



Speaker Year: 2018

Commencement Speech

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., is immediate past President of The New York Academy of Medicine and President of the International Society for Urban Health (2017-9).   Effective January 1, 2018, she became Clinical Professor of Global Public Health at the College of Global Public Health at New York University where she also is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. 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 was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. She served in a variety of senior positions and 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. She was elected to membership by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and served on its Board on Global Health and Board on African Science Academy Development. She served two four-year terms as the Foreign Secretary of the IOM (2003 - 2011). She was elected to membership of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015. Dr. Boufford attended Wellesley College for two years and received a BA (Psychology) magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and a MD, with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics.