Laura H. Kahn


A native of California, Dr. Kahn holds a B.S. degree in nursing from UCLA, an M.D. from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University.  Before joining the Princeton University staff, she was managing physician for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, a medical officer for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, an attending physician/educator at Prince George’s Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland and a staff physician at Gouverneur Hospital in New York, New York.  Dr. Kahn is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a recipient of the New Jersey Chapter’s Laureate Award.                           


From 2003 to 2009, she organized the Carnegie Corporation sponsored biodefense seminar series at Princeton University. She co-taught a graduate course on “Prevention against Weapons of Mass Destruction” at Princeton in 2003 and 2004.  In September 2005, she organized a conference at Princeton University on zoonotic diseases and the need to integrate human and animal public health infrastructure to enable effective responses to bioterrorism and pandemics.  She was co-director and lecturer for the course, “Zoonoses: An Emerging Public Health Issue”, for graduate and medical students at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City during the spring of 2006. 

She is the author of the book, “Who’s in Charge? Leadership during Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and Other Public Health Crises.”


Dr. Laura H. Kahn, a general internist, is a research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. 

During the Spring 2011 semester, she will be teaching a Freshman Seminar,”When Cows Go Crazy: The Inextricable Links Between Human and Animal Health”