Howard Zucker Finds Himself at the Center of the Coronavirus Storm


NYS Department of Health Commissioner and alumnus Howard Zucker ’00 is at the center of developing New York’s response and action plan during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Howard Zucker right now is the most important person in New York who most New Yorkers never heard of.

He’s the state health commissioner who is usually at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s right side these days. He advises Cuomo as the governor directs strategy, medical testing, a corps of hundreds of “health care detectives,” and coordinates with federal and local health departments to try to contain the coronavirus.

“I always felt if you can improve the life of others — whether an individual or many — you should,” he said in an interview. “I learned practicing clinical medicine that I have to do everything possible … it’s our role in society.”

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