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Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan
Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MD, MPH, FIDSA, was named the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan in 2021. In this role she provides overall medical guidance for the State of Michigan as a cabinet member of the Governor. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
From 2020-2021 Dr. Bagdasarian served the State of Michigan in the role of Senior Public Health Physician, where she oversaw the SARS-CoV-2 testing strategy for the state and helped bring rapid testing technologies to vulnerable populations. Since early 2020 she has served as a consultant/technical advisor for the World Health Organization (WHO), providing guidance on outbreak preparedness and COVID-19.
She has worked in Michigan and internationally (Singapore, Bangladesh), and has over 40 publications on topics in infectious diseases and public health, including guidance on infection prevention and control of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19. She has held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the National University of Singapore, and is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Dr. Bagdasarian completed medical school at Wayne State University; internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Michigan; and she received a Master's in Public Health degree in hospital and molecular epidemiology, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.