Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA Medical School, provides a unique perspective on how human well-being, including mental health, can be improved by insights into animal health.

“Zoobiquity is full of fascinating stories of intersection between human and nonhuman medicine—fish that faint; dinosaur cancers… lessons from adolescent elephants. I was beguiled.” —Atul Gawande


Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a cardiologist whose patients include gorillas, lions, wallabies, and humans. Her medical rounds sometimes take place at the Los Angeles Zoo, or might include veterinarians in a discussion of human health at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but always channel the perspective of Charles Darwin. A professor in UCLA’s Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, her medical specialty is cardiac imaging but her academic passion is the evolutionary connection between human and animal bodies and minds. In 2012, she co-authored the book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, advocating a “One Health” approach to medicine. She founded the Zoobiquity Conferences to bring veterinarians and physicians together for “species-spanning” debates and collaborations.


Q&A with Barbara on the TEDMED blog

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
Natterson-Horowitz, B, Bowers, K. Vintage, 2013.

Attend the next Zoobiquity conference


Why We Get Sick
Nesse, RM, Williams, GC. Vintage, 1996.

Human-Animal Medicine Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants, and Other Shared Health Risks
Rabinowitz, PM, Conti, LA. Saunders, 2009.

One Health Initiative

Oxford Journal: Evolution, Medicine and Public Health