|New Trustees for the UMDF Board|
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation Board of Trustees has announced the following appointments to the board.
Howard Zucker, MD, JD
Dr. Zucker received a B.S. degree from McGill University and his M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine at the age of 22. He trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric anesthesiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School. He was an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Associate Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Adjunct Associate Professor at Cornell University Medical School, research affiliate at the Center for Space Research at M.I.T. and on the faculty at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Zucker was involved with designing experiments that flew onboard the Space Shuttle Spacelab missions. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his Masters in Law from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar. Dr Zucker has served as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is board certified in multiple specialties / subspecialties and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education program at the Kennedy School of Government / Harvard School of Public Health. Most recently Dr. Zucker was the Assistant Director-General: Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals, at the World Health Organization and Representative of the Director-General for Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Public Health also at the World Health Organization. Dr. Zucker is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, was a public health "hi-level expert" for NATO and is listed in Best Doctors in America and Who's Who in the World.
Rob has been involved with the UMDF since his daughter,Carly, 13, was diagnosed in 1999 with a mitochondrial disease. Rob, his wife Jill and the couple’s other daughter, Katie, 10, are all actively involved in the efforts to help find a cure, raise funds and create awareness about mitochondrial disease and the UMDF. Rob was involved in the early stages of the Cleveland Walk-A-Thon and the family golf outing created by his father-in-law, Stan Davis, and Jill Platt. This year, the golf outing will become the Stan Davis Memorial Golf Outing with all the proceeds for years to come to go to the UMDF. Rob is a graduate of Ohio State University. He is the sole Owner and President of Branding Solutions, Inc., an advertising specialty and apparel company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Rob has been active over the years in several not-for-profit organizations helping raise awareness and generate much needed funds on a local and national level. Because of his new position with the board of trustees, the UMDF will secure a new merchandise and fulfillment organization.