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Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Senior Vice President and Director, Land and People Lab, Trust for Public Land
Professor Emeritus, University of Washington School of Public Health

Howard Frumkin, a physician and epidemiologist, wears two hats.  He is Senior Vice President of Trust for Public Land, where he leads that organization’s national Land and People Lab, and he is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, where he served as Dean from 2010-2016.  He is also a Hagler Fellow at Texas A&M University, where he works with that institution’s Center for Health and Nature.  Previously he was head of the Our Planet, Our Health initiative at the Wellcome Trust in London; Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Professor of Medicine, at Emory University.  His career has focused on health aspects of climate change, the built environment, nature contact, and sustainability.  He is the author or co-author of over 300 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his ten books include Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011 and 2022), Environmental Health: From Global to Local (Jossey-Bass, 3rd Edition 2016), Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves (Island Press, 2020), and Planetary Health: Safeguarding Human Health and the Environment in the Anthropocene (Cambridge University Press, 2021).  He was educated at Brown (A.B.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.D.), and Harvard (M.P.H. and Dr.P.H.).  He is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine.  He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, across the water from Seattle.

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