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Margaret Hamburg

Playing the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services

Margaret HamburgForeign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine
President, AAAS
Former Commissioner, US Food & Drug Administration

Margaret Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine. As Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, she serves as senior advisor on international matters and liaison with other academies of medicine around the world. She is also President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Hamburg is a former Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, and globalization of the agency. Before this, she was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing nuclear, chemical, and biological threats. Other positions have included Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS), Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Hamburg currently sits on the boards of the Commonwealth Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Urban Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History. She serves in various advisory roles, including the Harvard University Global Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation. Dr. Hamburg is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Medicine, and a Fellow of the AAAS and the American College of Physicians. She has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Dr. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.