Medical Director

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The Medical Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health is a doctor of medicine (M.D.), specializing in public health, who serves as a medical advisor to the department, medical professionals and the public. The doctor is also the state epidemiologist. Dr. Caitlin Pedati serves as State Medical Director and Epidemiologist. She grew up in the Northern Virginia area and attended Georgetown University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences and a Certificate in Population Health. She earned her medical doctorate and a master’s degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology through a dual degree program at The George Washington University. Dr. Pedati is a board-certified pediatrician and completed a residency with a certificate in Global Child Health at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. After seeing common health problems among her patients, and driven by a desire to have a broader impact, she joined the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service which, for the first time in her life, took her west of the Mississippi River to Nebraska. She served as a medical epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services prior to joining the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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