Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.

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Medical SchoolPediatrics
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Dr. Markel is a social and cultural historian of medicine who has written and spoken widely from an historical perspective on the topics of epidemics, quarantine, addiction, pediatrics and child health, and genetics. He serves as the principal historical consultant on pandemic preparedness for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and from late April 2009 to February 2011 served as a member of the CDC Director’s “Novel A/H1N1 Influenza Team B,” a real-time think tank of experts charged with evaluating the federal government’s influenza policies on a daily basis during the outbreak. Dr. Markel also served as an historical consultant on pandemic influenza preparedness planning for the U.S. Department of Defense from 2005 to 2006. Dr. Markel is the author, co-author or co-editor of 11 books and the director of the U-M Center for the History of Medicine. He is a Guggenheim fellow and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

  • M.D., University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Johns Hopkins University
  • A.B., English Literature, University of Michigan

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