Zadroga Act sponsors applaud reappointment of Dr. Jon Howard as NIOSH Director and Administrator of World Trade Center Health Program

Sep 9, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Congressman Pete King (NY-2) today released the following statement applauding the reappointment of John Howard, M.D. as the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and as Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, effective September 3, 2015. Dr. Howard is the sixth director of NIOSH and, with this reappointment, now the longest serving in the role.

“There are tens of thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors who are receiving exemplary care through the World Trade Center Health Program, and they have Dr. Howard to thank. We applaud CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, for recognizing the need for Dr. Howard to continue in the role, and thank him for making this important reappointment.

“As we work to permanently reauthorize the Zadroga Act, and extend the World Trade Center Health Program, we frequently point to the competent and successful administration that Dr. Howard has provided. Congress must reauthorize this program, and they can do so knowing that it is in good hands.”


As one of the nation’s leaders in occupational health and worker safety, Dr. Howard has worked with scientists, medical professionals, workers and labor groups, and business leaders to effectively lead investigations into new and potential health hazards, and to address workplace health and safety concerns. His dedication and passion to ensuring safe and healthy workplaces will lead NIOSH into the future as the organization adapts to the ever-evolving nature of work.

He first served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008, and again from 2009 to the present. Bringing with him a wealth of administrative experience from his service in both state and federal governments and a long history of personal dedication and professional achievement to the field of occupational safety and health, Dr. Howard has ably led NIOSH and the WTC Health Program in a time of unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine, legal medicine, and occupational medicine. He is also admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the state of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health, law and policy, and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Howard received a doctor of medicine degree from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago, a master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health, a doctor of law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master of law degree in administrative law and economic regulation from George Washington University.

In the years to come, Dr. Howard will launch the 3rd decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda—a public-private partnership—now in its 20th year; ensure that NIOSH conducts cutting-edge research to address both persisting and emerging worker injury and illness risks in the 21st century; and support NIOSH’s efforts to move research findings into practice for the betterment of all workers.

NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it has facilities in Atlanta, GA; Morgantown, W.VA.; Pittsburgh, PA.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Spokane, Wash; Denver, Colo., and Anchorage, Alaska.