Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH

Penn Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Distinguished Health Policy Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; Former Assistant HHS Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Dr. Lurie served as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Obama Administration. She is currently a consultant to the World Bank and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives.

In her role at HHS, Dr. Lurie provided leadership in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. She had spent previous portions of her career at the University of Minnesota and at RAND, where her focus was on access to and quality of care, health equity, and population health.

Underserved populations

She has led multiple, successful community-wide initiatives to improve the health of underserved populations.

Dr. Lurie has Penn roots, having attended college and medical school there. She was the founding graduate fellow of Ware College House. She went on to complete her residency and Master of Science in Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Clinical Scholars mentor

During her time at HHS, she served as a mentor to several Penn Clinical Scholars.