New director of the health department appointed in Alexandria


ALEXANDRIA, VA – A new director has been appointed for the Alexandria Department of Health after an extensive recruitment process.

The Virginia Department of Health has appointed Dr. David C. Rose as its director, effective November 1. Rose succeeds the leadership of Dr Anne Gaddy, who has served as Interim Director since April 2021 following the announcement of the previous Director, Dr Stephen Haering. his retirement. Gaddy will return to his post as Deputy Director of Health.

“Dr Gaddy’s capable leadership as Interim Director has been critical to Alexandria’s ability to respond quickly and with agility to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community,” City Manager Mark Jinks said in a statement. . “She has excelled in all aspects of this role, particularly taking responsibility for the planning, organization and administration of the Alexandria immunization processes.

Regarding Rose’s appointment, Jinks said: “We welcome Dr Rose as the new Director of Health and look forward to continuing our partnership and close collaboration with the Alexandria Health Service.

Rose comes to Alexandria from the Maryland Department of Social Services, where he was the Medical Director of Child Welfare. He has held other leadership positions in public health, including deputy head of public health at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, senior deputy director of primary care administration and prevention at the department. of DC Health and Deputy Commissioner for Communicable Diseases and Epidemiology. at the City of Baltimore Health Department. Rose is a certified pediatrician and has provided medical care and has served as a medical director for several urban community health centers as well as consulting services for non-profit community health organizations, community health centers and health agencies. government.

Rose holds a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, MD from Howard University College of Medicine, Graduate Certificates in Public Health Management and Health Care from the Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University. of the Maryland Global Campus. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta.

The Department of Health is responsible for providing public health services, including preventing the spread of infectious diseases, administering vaccines, protecting environmental health and against foodborne illness, responding to emergencies public health and more. The Alexandria Department of Health is one of 33 health districts in Virginia under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Health. Virginia’s two remaining health districts in nearby Arlington and Fairfax are managed locally.


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