Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., leads the School of Public Health, the university’s youngest (est. 2007) and most diverse academic college (>50% students of color). He has developed several new academic programs to meet workforce needs, launched a global health initiative and provided leadership in the context of the global coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Lushniak is creating ways for students to take action and engage civically through global experiences and activities focused on promoting social justice and equity and dismantling racism.
Lushniak served as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps for 27 years, culminating in roles as U.S. deputy surgeon general (2010–15) and acting surgeon general (2013–14). He served in federal leadership roles during public health emergencies including after 9/11 in New York City, Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2015.
He currently serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Board of Directors for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.