Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health

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Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun is the Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In these roles, she provides medical guidance for the State of Michigan and oversees the Population Health, Medical Services, Aging and Adult Services, and Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities administrations.

Prior to her roles at MDHHS, she was the director and health officer for the Detroit Health Department, where she oversaw a robust community-driven community health assessment, established a comprehensive reproductive health network and led Detroit’s response to the Hepatitis A outbreak. In 2018, Dr. Khaldun was selected for the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum; she also is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP).

Previously, Dr. Khaldun was the Baltimore City Health Department’s chief medical officer, where she oversaw seven clinics and a laboratory and led efforts to address the opioid epidemic. She has held several local and national leadership positions, including director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, founder and director of the Fellowship in Health Policy in the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine, and as a Fellow in President Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform.

Dr. Khaldun has served on several national and local boards and committees that include: Commission on Health in Montgomery County, Maryland; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit; the Detroit Urban Research Collaborative; the governor-appointed Michigan Public Health Advisory Council; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Disparities Advisory Committee. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in public health in health policy from George Washington University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she served as chief resident. She practices emergency medicine part-time at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


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