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Cherry Hill East alum to the First Family: Howard Krein

June 5, 2021

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Courtesy of Dina Litovsky for TIME

Krein (far left) walks with newly-inaugurated President, Joe Biden; First Lady Jill Biden; his wife, Ashley Biden; and the rest of the family near the White House.

From walking the halls of Cherry Hill East to walking side-by-side with President Biden during his inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House, Howard Krein (‘85), now a member of the United States First Family, spends his days as an Otolaryngology surgeon and professor in Philadelphia, the Chief Medical Officer of StartUp Health, traveling the world to help poverty-stricken and sick children, and married to Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley.

Additionally, Krein also co-founded Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Center in Philadelphia. Serving as a healthcare advisor to Biden through the years, Krein also served as Biden’s cancer moonshot initiative advisor and even helped shape healthcare policies for the Biden Presidential Campaign. However, President Biden said that there will be no family members employed by the White House during the Biden administration.

Marrying Ashley in 2012, Krein and Ashley Biden have tended to stay out of the spotlight of Joe Biden. Now, as The President’s daughter and son-in-law, Krein and Ashley Biden face more continuing pressure from the public and social media than ever before. Ashley was introduced to her husband through her late brother, Beau, and after a year together, he proposed.

Eastside has contacted Howard Krein (‘85) and is in the process of an interview. This story will be updated with more information.

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