Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is Visiting Professor Harvard University Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA Medical School. In her work she turns to the natural world for insights into health. She 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 evolutionary biologist and 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. Her medical specialty is cardiology and 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. 

In 2011 she and research and writing partner a Kathryn Bowers 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


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