About the Speaker
David J. Skorton, MD
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
DAVID J. SKORTON is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing 19 museums, the National Zoo, 21 libraries, several research centers, and numerous education units and centers. He is a board-certified cardiologist and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. Skorton is currently a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and previously served as the president of Cornell University. He was also a professor in the Medicine and Pediatrics departments at Weill Cornell Medical College and in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Before that, he was president of the University of Iowa and a professor there for 26 years.