The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced Harvey Fineberg, MD, Ph.D., as its new president, effective January 1, 2015.
In September, Fineberg, a recognized authority in the areas of public health and health policy, higher education, and technology, became a visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco after completing the second of two terms as president of the Institute of Medicine (2002-14). Prior to that, he had served as provost of Harvard University for four years, after thirteen years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Fineberg, who helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and was a consultant to the World Health Organization, has authored several books on health care and published numerous articles in professional journals. He is, in addition, the recipient of several honorary degrees and awards, including the Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health, the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research, the Steven Smith Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Public Health, and the Harvard Medal, and serves on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett and Josiah Macy Jr. foundations, the China Medical Board, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Association.
"Harvey's background in public health policy, higher education, technology, and as a foundation board member, makes him an exceptional fit for this role," said Moore Foundation interim president Paul Gray, who will continue to serve as vice chair of the foundation's board of trustees. "His extraordinarily broad range of interests, thoughtful and consultative style of leadership, and exceptional intellect will make him a tremendous asset for the foundation."