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UW SPH News: Howard Frumkin Named New Dean of Public Health

Howard Frumkin Named New Dean of Public Health


Howard Frumkin

Provost Phyllis Wise has named Dr. Howard Frumkin as the new Dean of the School of Public Health, effective September 27, 2010. Frumkin will succeed Patricia Wahl, who is stepping down after 11 years as Dean.

Frumkin was previously at the Centers for Disease Control, where he served as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Public Health from Harvard University.

Here is the text of the Provost's announcement:

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Howard Frumkin, currently with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has accepted our offer to become the next dean of the UW School of Public Health, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. Dr. Frumkin will become dean effective September 27, 2010.

Howard Frumkin, who is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist, has been at the CDC since 2005, previously serving as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He was at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health from 1990 to 2005, rising to full professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. At Emory he founded and directed the Environmental and Occupational Medicine Consultation Clinic, the Occupational Medicine Residency training program and the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. From 1988 to 1990 he was assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Howard has served on the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He has served as chair of the science board of the American Public Health Association and as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee.

He received his A.B. from Brown University in 1977, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1982, a master's in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1982, and a doctorate in public health in 1993, also from Harvard.

His research interests include public health aspects of urban sprawl and the built environment; air pollution; metal and PCB toxicity; climate change; and environmental and occupational health policy, especially regarding minority workers and communities.

Howard is the author or co-author of over 180 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his books include Urban Sprawl and Public Health (Island Press, 2004), Emerging Illness and Society (Johns Hopkins Press, 2004), Environmental Health: From Global to Local (Jossey-Bass, 2005 and 2010), Safe and Healthy School Environments (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (National Academies Press, 2007).

Among his many honors, he was named Environmental Professional of the Year by the Georgia Environmental Council in 2004. He also received the Emory School of Medicine Dean's Teaching Award in 2004.

Please join me in welcoming Howard Frumkin to the University of Washington.


Phyllis M. Wise
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Washington