Former Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Howard Koh, 57, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be HHS assistant secretary for health.
Koh, an associate dean for public health practice and director of the division of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, would oversee major health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
He would also serve as the leading health adviser to the HHS secretary; Kathleen Sebelius is awaiting confirmation for that post.
Koh previously served as Massachusetts public health commissioner from 1997 to 2003. At the Harvard School of Public Health, Koh has served as a principle investigator of multiple research grants related to community-based participatory research, cancer prevention, health disparities, tobacco control and emergency preparedness.
The Yale School of Medicine alumnus completed his postgraduate training and chief residencies at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and has earned board certification in internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology and dermatology, as well as a masters degree in public health.
Meanwhile, Obamas nomination of Margaret Hamburg to assume the role of FDA commissioner has been sent to the Senate for consideration.