Medical Director

Patricia Quinlisk, M.D.

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. Patricia Quinlisk serves as State Medical Director and Epidemiologist.Her background includes training as a clinical microbiologist, training microbiologists while a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins, a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, and training as a field epidemiologist in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. For twelve years she conducted epidemiologic training courses in Europe, and is a professor at the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin, Des Moines University, and Iowa State University. 

Facebook Live with Dr. Quinlisk

Dr. Quinlisk highlights important public health issues during her Facebook Live broadcasts. Follow IDPH on Facebook for announcements about Dr. Quinlisk's scheduled broadcasts so you can interact with her in real-time.

Archived Facebook Live broadcasts:

February 20, 2017

February 15, 2017

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