Dr. Boufford is a widely recognized authority on various public health issues, including health care for minorities, and policies and reform of local, national and global health. Board-certified in pediatrics, Dr. Boufford has held a number of prominent positions throughout her 30-year career. She most recently served as dean of NYU's Wagner School, and was the former principal deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 1994 to 1997, she was the U.S. representative of the executive board to the World Health Organization, and was re-appointed to the position in 1998. She has served as director of the King's Fund College, a royal charity dedicated to the support of health and social services in London; as president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal system in the United States; and as director of the residency program in social medicine at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, a program to prepare pediatricians, internists and family physicians for primary care practice in the inner city with a team and community focus. Dr. Boufford has held additional faculty positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Lehman College of Nursing. She is also currently clinical professor of pediatrics at NYU Medical School.
Dr. Boufford is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship at the Institute of Medicine (1979-1980) and membership to the Institute of Medicine (1992), where she now serves on the executive council. She has been a member of the board of directors for many organizations, such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Center for Health Care Strategies, New York Blood Center, and United Hospital Fund.
After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Michigan with a degree in psychology, Dr. Boufford received her M.D. with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1971. Her residency in social pediatrics was completed at Montefiore Medical Center. In 1992, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn.
The Lorraine and Ralph Lubin Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Public Health was established with a gift from Dr. Madelon Lubin Finkel, professor of clinical public health, in memory of her parents. The Lubin Distinguished Visiting Professorship supports an annual lecture by a prominent speaker to address important, timely issues in public health care.