HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Senates confirmation of Howard Koh, 57, as HHS assistant secretary for health.
The former Massachusetts public health commissioner is a world-renowned public health expert and physician who has devoted his career to promoting prevention and wellness policies and reducing health disparities, Sebelius said in a written statement. He will be an outstanding assistant secretary for health, and we look forward to his expertise and advice when it comes to making Americas families healthier and our health system stronger.
Koh, an associate dean for public health practice and director of the division of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, will oversee major health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health. He will also serve as the leading health adviser to the HHS secretary.