Deborah has just accepted the position of Dean of the Medical School at Drew University. Prior to her joing Drew University, Deborah was a consultant at Spencer Stuart for executive searches for Public Health and Health Care Services organizations, health professional associations. Previously, Deborah served as associate dean and professor of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is recognized as one of the creators of a nationwide social movement to prevent violence, and is the co-author of several books: “Deadly Consequences,” the first book to present the public health perspective on the topic to a mass audience; “Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice;” “Murder Is No Accident;” and “Health Skills for Wellness,” a state-of the-art high school health text.
As a board certified Internist, Deborah has extensive clinical experience including service as attending physician at Boston City Hospital and chief of the Adolescent Clinic at Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center. Appointed by the Governor, Deborah served as the Massachusetts public health commissioner with responsibility for seven hospitals, 3,500 employees and a $350 million budget. In that role, she expanded treatment programs for AIDS patients, increased funding for drug rehabilitation and launched a statewide office to prevent youth violence.
In addition to ten honorary doctorates, Deborah has received the 1993 World Health Day Award, the 1989 Secretary of Health and Human Service Award, and a presidential appointment to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention. In 2003, she was inducted to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, one of academic medicine’s highest achievements. Deborah is a graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Medical School.