Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD
Dr. Hu, an expert in understanding the impact of exposure to toxic chemicals on human health, has served on four fact-finding missions for PHR, including a 1987 investigation of the potentially toxic effects of tear gas in South Korea; a 1988 investigation of the use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds; a 1990 investigation into the violation of medical neutrality in Burma; and a 2009 investigation of potential exposure to toxic metals from mining operations among indigenous people in Guatemala. He has served on PHR’s Board of Directors and was Chair of the Research Commission for the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
Dr. Hu is the Director/Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a physician-scientist, trained as an internist, occupational and environmental medicine specialist, and epidemiologist.
Previously, Dr. Hu was a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Channing Laboratory of the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston (1988-2006) and the NSF International Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology & Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan (2006-2012).
His work leading an international team of scientists has won a number of awards, including the 1999 US National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Progress and Achievement Award, the 2006 Harriett Hardy Award, the 2009 Linus Pauling Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2011 Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association.