Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

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Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
Barbara Natterson
Alma materHarvard University
University of California, San Francisco
Occupationcardiologist, academic, author

Barbara N. Horowitz, M.D., (also known as Barbara Natterson-Horowitz) is a cardiologist, academic and author. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)[1] and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School since 2020.[2] Horowitz is a New York Times bestselling author of the book Zoobiquity (co-authored with Kathryn Bowers)[3][4] on the subject of a cross-species approach to medicine which includes veterinary and evolutionary perspectives.[5] In 2019, Horowitz and Bowers co-authored their second book, Wildhood.[6][7][8]


Horowitz earned her Bachelor’s and master's degrees from Harvard University. She earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.[9] She went on to complete internal medicine and psychiatry residencies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she served as chief resident in both departments. Her postgraduate training included a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine (1992-1995) at the UCLA Division of Cardiology followed by advanced training in heart failure and cardiac imaging.[10]


Since 2017, she has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.[2]Since 2020, she has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.[2] She is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a Professor in the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She practiced cardiology as an attending physician at UCLA Medical Center for more than twenty years, served as Director of Imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, and instructor for multiple courses at the UCLA medical school.[11][12]

Horowitz serves as cardiovascular consultant and a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Zoo.[12] Peter Lehmann reviewed her book Zoobiquity for readers in Germany, especially for psychiatric patients, and emphasized Horowitz's and Bowers’ reference to capture myopathy, which – according to the authors – may threaten agitated psychiatric patients in restraints in psychiatric wards, who can therefore die of heart failure, too.[13]

In 2011, Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers founded the Zoobiquity Conference to bring together leaders from human and animal medicine for collaborations to accelerate biomedical innovation to advance human and animal health.[14] There have been over 12 Zoobiquity Conferences held globally.[15][16][17][18]

In 2019, Scribner published Horowitz and Bowers’ second book, Wildhood, which received positive reception and reviews from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other notable critics and media sources. The book synthesized the authors’ years-long research on thousands of wild species searching for evidence of human-like adolescence and makes the case that all adolescents face the same tests and challenges to grow successfully.[6][7][8][19]

Horowitz is President of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health (2019-2021),[20] a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s ILAR,[21] and Commissioner for the Lancet One Health Commission. She was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Nobel Conference on biomimicry in medicine in Stockholm, Sweden.[22][23]

Other publications[edit]

Horowitz publishes academic research in scientific journals such as Nature,[24] Emerging Infectious Diseases, Echocardiography, The American Journal of Cardiology, Circulation.;[25] and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America;[26] and in media publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and New Scientist.[27][28]

Personal life[edit]

Horowitz is married and has two grown children.[28][29][30]


  1. ^ "What Veterinarians Know That Doctors Don’t" TED
  2. ^ a b c "Dr. Barbara N. Horowitz". Faculty profile - Harvard University.
  3. ^ Murphy, Kate. "Catching up with Barbara Natterson-Horowitz". The New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz". Penguin Random House - Speakers Bureau.
  5. ^ Rosen, Dennis. "'Zoobiquity' by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "11 New Books We Recommend This Week". The New York Times.
  7. ^ a b "Review: "Wildhood" explores how teens have a surprising amount in common with adolescent animals". The Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ a b "Fall literary preview: 28 books you need to read now". Chicago Tribune.
  9. ^ "Author profile - Barbara Natterson-Horowitz". Penguin Random House.
  10. ^ "Barbara Natterson"
  11. ^ "Barbara Natterson-Horowitz M.D." Archived March 10, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Psychology Today
  12. ^ a b Zimmer, Carl "‘Zoobiquity’: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Health" The Daily Beast
  13. ^ Lehmann, Peter: Der Mensch als Tier – Über Parallelen beim Herztod in zoologischer Gefangenschaft und in der Psychiatrie, in: Rundbrief des Bundesverbands Psychiatrie-Erfahrener (Germany), 2015, No. 3, pp. 12-13
  14. ^ "Barbara Natterson-Horowitz - TED Speaker". TED.
  15. ^ Gulden, Mary. "Zoobiquity Colorado explores connections between human and animal health". Colorado State University. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Zoobiquity Conference". UCLA.
  17. ^ "Doctors and vets join forces for Australian-first Zoobiquity conference". University of Sydney. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Zoobiquity congress 2017". ArtsenAuto.
  19. ^ "Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals". Publishers Weekly.
  20. ^ "2019-2021 Officers, Council, and Committee Chairs". ISEMPH.
  21. ^ "About the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research". The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine.
  22. ^ "Biomimetics - unlocking access of nature to opportunities in health". Dimensions.
  23. ^ "Biomimetik - att lära från naturen för att identifiera nya möjligheter att behandla sjukdom hos människa". SWECRIS.
  24. ^ Natterson-Horowitz, Barbara (October 4, 2018). "A cross-species approach to disorders affecting brain and behaviour". Nature. 14 (Nature Reviews Neurology): 677–686. doi:10.1038/s41582-018-0074-z. PMID 30287906. S2CID 52922883.
  25. ^ "PubMed" PubMed
  26. ^ "The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insights". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
  27. ^ Marshall, Michael "Growing up next to a secret nuclear facility" New Scientist
  28. ^ a b Natterson-Horowitz, Barbara and Bowers, Kathryn "Our Animal Natures" The New York Times
  29. ^ "Zach Horowitz Steps Down as Chairman/CEO Universal Music Publishing Group" Billboard
  30. ^ "October 22, 2013: "Writing Zoobiquity" with Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers" UCI

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