David A. Hamburg

President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

David A. Hamburg is president emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a distinguished doctor of psychiatry. He is founder, and together with the late Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, co-chair, of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict.

A medical doctor, Hamburg had a long history of leadership in the research, medical, and psychiatric fields before his transition from a trustee of Carnegie to its president. Among his previous posts, Hamburg was chief of the adult psychiatry branch at the National Institutes of Health; professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University; and president of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.

Hamburg was a member of the United States Defense Policy Board with Secretary of Defense William Perry and is a member of President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School's department of social medicine. He was the founder of the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government.

Featured Work

Preventing Genocide: Practical Steps Toward Early Detection and Effective Action

MAR 29, 2010 Podcast

Recent Advances in the Prevention of Mass Violence

How can we prevent mass violence? Drawing on insights from leaders in the field, David Hamburg identifies the clear warnings that always appear long before ...

MAR 23, 2009 Podcast

A Conversation with David Hamburg: The Commitment to Prevention

David Speedie interviews David Hamburg on the prevention agenda of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and its legacy of preventing interstate conflict, genocide, and ...