LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH

LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH

LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH, the 17th Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn in April 2012. Since taking the helm, Dr. Hasbrouck has helped launch several initiatives, including health datapalooza, enhanced physical education, and Fuel Up to Play 60. He has leveraged his public health expertise to successfully reposition the state's maternal and child health program, champion population health innovations, and reinvigorate key strategic partnerships. In addition to chairing statewide committees that address health workforce, chronic disease prevention, HIV/AIDS, and violence prevention, he has been one of the architects for healthcare reform in Illinois. With the development and implementation of the five-year strategy (released 2013), Dr. Hasbrouck continues to lead the transformation of IDPH into a mission-driven high-impact, agency.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Hasbrouck spent several years in Ulster County, New York where he was the only county official in the state to simultaneously lead both the public health and mental health departments. A native of San Diego, California, he has an impressive record of public health service around the globe as well. Beginning in 1998 with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hasbrouck was a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, commonly referred to as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for diseases. During his 11 years with CDC, Hasbrouck worked in Bangladesh, Brazil, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Switzerland, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. He was actively engaged in two of the largest global health initiatives in history – polio eradication, where he served as a consultant for the World Health Organization to Bangladesh and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, serving for two years in a diplomatic assignment as the Director and Chief of Party for the CDC in Guyana, South America.

Dr. Hasbrouck has a record of scholarly achievements. He has published numerous scientific articles, reports and book chapters, including co-authorship of the 2001 U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence. He has held faculty positions at Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta), Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta), New York Medical College, and the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health where he is currently a Clinical Associate Professor. He received his bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies and his Masters in Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley. He earned his medical degree from the University of California-Los Angeles and Charles R. Drew combined medical program where he was recognized as a Dean's Scholar and won the O'Malley Prize (1994) in medical history for his thesis entitled, "The Flexner Report of 1910 and the wellbeing of Black Americans: historical underpinnings of a contemporary health crisis."

Dr. Hasbrouck completed his medical residency in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is board certified in internal medicine and the recipient of several distinguished honors, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary's Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship, the Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Hasbrouck resides in Chicago's South Loop with his wife, Zuleika, and three teenage daughters.

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