Dr. Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine, where she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, and globalization of the agency. Before this, Dr. Hamburg was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Other positions have included Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS), Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
As Foreign Secretary for the National Academy of Medicine she is senior advisor on international matters and liaison with other Academies of Medicine around the world. Dr Hamburg is also President-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. as well as an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Medicine, where she serves as Foreign Secretary. Dr. Hamburg currently sits on the Boards of the Commonwealth Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Urban Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History. She serves in various advisory roles, including on the Harvard University Global Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation. She has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.