Terry M. McGovern

Most Influential Person

Public health official and scholar

Why Is Terry M. McGovern Influential?

According to Wikipedia, Terry M. McGovern is the Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Since 2018, she has served as director of the Department's Program on Global Health Justice and Governance. Before joining the Mailman School, in 1989 McGovern founded the HIV Law Project and served as the Executive Director until 1999. While at the HIV Law Project, Terry McGovern litigated the groundbreaking case, S.P. v. Sullivan, which led to the Social Security Administration including HIV-related disability in their criteria. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Task Force on AIDS Drug Development.

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