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COVID-19 Advisory Board
Agency overview
Formed November 2020
Jurisdiction United States
Agency executives Joe Biden, President of the United States
Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States
Co-chairs, David A. Kessler
Vivek Murthy
Marcella Nunez-Smith

The COVID-19 Advisory Board was announced in November 2020 by then President-elect of the United States Joe Biden as part of his presidential transition.

It is co-chaired by physicians David A. Kessler, Marcella Nunez-Smith, and Vivek Murthy and comprises 13 health experts.

The goal of the advisory board is to create ideas and rules on how to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.


Member Role Education Appointment
Portrait of David A. Kessler David A. Kessler Former Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Amherst College (BA)

University of Chicago (JD)

Harvard University (MD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Marcella Nunez-Smith Yale School of Medicine associate dean for health equity research
Swarthmore College (BA)

Thomas Jefferson University (MD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Portrait of Vivek Murthy Vivek Murthy Former Surgeon General of the United States
Harvard University (BA)

Yale University (MD, MBA)

November 9, 2020[1]
Portrait of Luciana Borio Luciana Borio Former Acting Chief Scientist of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration George Washington University (MD) November 9, 2020[1]
Portrait of Rick Bright Rick Bright Former Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority University of Kansas

Auburn University, Montgomery (BS)

Emory University (MS, PhD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Portrait of Zeke Emanuel Zeke Emanuel Former Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Amherst College (BA)

Exeter College, Oxford (MS)

Harvard University (MD, PhD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Portrait of Atul Gawande Atul Gawande Brigham and Women's Hospital professor of surgery Stanford University (BA, BS)

Balliol College, Oxford (MA)

Harvard University (MD, MPH)

November 9, 2020[1]
Celine Gounder New York University School of Medicine assistant professor Princeton University (BA)

Johns Hopkins University (MS)

University of Washington, Seattle (MD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Julie Morita Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (BS)

University of Illinois College of Medicine, (MD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Michael Osterholm Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Luther College (BA)

University of Minnesota (MS, MPH, PhD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Loyce Pace Executive Director and President of the Global Health Council Stanford University (BS)

Johns Hopkins University (MPH)

November 9, 2020[1]
Robert Rodriguez UCSF School of Medicine emergency medicine professor University of Notre Dame (BA)

Harvard University (MD)

November 9, 2020[1]
Portrait of Eric Goosby Eric Goosby Former United States Global AIDS Coordinator Princeton University (BA)

University of California, San Francisco (MD)

November 9, 2020[1]