Visit from America’s top doctor

Ironstone Farm hosted America’s top doctor, Howard Koh, for a two-hour visit on Saturday, June 7.[caption id="attachment_1811" align="alignright" width="300"]Dr. Howard Koh, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, poses with Ironstone Farm Executive Director Deedee O'Brien after a two-hour visit at the farm to discuss its nonprofit programs. Dr. Howard Koh, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, poses with Ironstone Farm Executive Director Deedee O’Brien after a two-hour visit at the farm to discuss its nonprofit programs.[/caption]
As U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Koh oversees 12 core, national public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General. He recently had returned from the World Health Assembly in Geneva, where leaders from nearly 200 nations worked to address the world’s many health problems.
Back in Andover on June 7, Dr. Koh toured the farm and discussed its programs for children with special needs, combat veterans, cancer survivors and others with Ironstone leaders such as Ironstone Therapy Board members Deedee O’Brien, executive director, and Dr. Peter Raffalli, child neurology physician at Children’s Hospital. Among those he met was combat veteran and Ironstone volunteer Clint Strong, who attended Ironstone’s first therapy retreat for veterans in 2013.
“It was a privilege to have Dr. Koh, a man with remarkable medical credentials and knowledge, devote so much attention to Ironstone Farm,” said O’Brien. “We are eager to connect with some of the individuals and organizations he mentioned during his visit, so that our nonprofit programs can improve the physical and mental health of even more Americans.”
Dr. Koh has earned board certification in four medical fields: internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology, and dermatology, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University. He served as Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health from 1997-2003. He came to Ironstone on the invitation of Advisory Board member Michael Tucker.

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