Yale Faculty Member Appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health

Manisha Juthani, an associate professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Yale School of Medicine and an associate professor of epidemiology and microbial diseases at the Yale School of Public Health, has been nominated to be the next commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. As she assumes her role as commissioner, effective September 20, Juthani will take a public service leave of absence from the faculty at Yale.

“It’s with great honor that I will serve the people of Connecticut in an official capacity throughout the rest of this pandemic and beyond,” Dr. Juthani said. “Advocating for public health is central to my core values. We have come so far in our efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic to date, but the work is not done. I look forward to working to address issues of health equity, disparities, and equal access to care that all residents of Connecticut deserve.”

“Dr. Juthani’s background in infectious diseases will be a tremendous benefit to the people of Connecticut as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen our vaccination efforts,” said Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut. “When seeking candidates to serve in this role, Dr. Juthani came recommended by many top experts in this field, and I am thrilled to have her join our administration.”

Dr. Juthani is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She attended Cornell University Medical College, completed residency training at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Campus, and was a chief resident at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She arrived at Yale School of Medicine in 2002 for infectious diseases fellowship training and joined the full-time faculty in 2006.

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