Jo Ivey Boufford

Jo Ivey Boufford

Jo Ivey Boufford

Clinical Professor of Global Health

Professional overview

With extensive experience in medicine, international affairs, healthy policy, and public administration, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford is an expert in urban health, healthy aging, disease prevention, and health promotion and health disparities.

Since college, Dr. Boufford has integrated activism and social justice in her education and practice by advocating for patient-driven care and more engagement with the community and the underserved. In 1985, she became the first woman to be elected President of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal system in the United States. She then entered federal government, serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for health in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While at HHS, she was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. With the Gates Foundation and with a focus on Africa, she developed a new global health leadership initiative through teacher trainings.

Dr. Boufford is a member and has also served in the leadership of numerous public health, national education, and medical organizations, including: the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council, the United Hospital Fund, the Primary Care Development Corporation and Public Health Solutions, the Village Center for Care, the International Women's Health Coalition, the Council and Chair of its Public Health Committee, the Regional Plan Association, the Health Effects Institute, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the National Academy of Medicine,  the National Academy of Public Administration, and the New York Academy of Medicine, the National Council on Graduate Medical Education, the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Commonwealth Fund.

At NYU, Dr. Boufford has been a Professor of Public Administration and Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, as well as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU Medical School.


BA, Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MD, Medicine (with distinction), University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Honors and awards

Honorary Doctorate of Science, Toledo University, Toledo, OH (2012)
Honorary Doctorate of Science, Pace University, New York, NY (2011)
Top 100 Most Influential Women, Crain's New York Business (2007)
Honorary Doctorate of Science, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY (2007)
Honorary Doctorate of Science, State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY (1992)
Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC (1980)

Areas of research and study

Aging and the Life Course
Gates Foundation
Health Disparities
Health Promotion
International Health
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Prevention Interventions
Public Administration
Public Health Management
Public Health Policy
Public Health Systems
US Department of Health and Human Services
World Health Organization