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Executive Leadership Team

Bevan K. Baker, FACHE

Commissioner of Health

Bevan K. Baker was sworn in as the 16th Commissioner of Health of the City of Milwaukee on August 6, 2004. He was nominated by Mayor Tom Barrett in 2004 and re-confirmed for a second term by the City’s Common Council on June 10, 2008.  (Click on Bevan's picture for a hi-res photo suitable for print.)

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Geoffrey R. Swain, MD, MPH

Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Swain is Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD), Center Scientist at the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH), and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  (Click on Geof's picture for a hi-res photo suitable for print.)

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Eric Gass, PhD

Public Health Research & Policy Director

Dr. Gass joined the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) in January 2009, after spending over six years at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  In his current role with MHD, he is responsible for policy coordination, legislation development, oversight of all departmental research, and the evaluation and analysis of programmatic effectiveness.   (Click on Eric's picture for a hi-res photo suitable for print.)

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Paul A. Biedrzycki, MPH, MBA, CIH

Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health

Paul Biedrzycki currently serves as Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health for the City of Milwaukee Health Department. He oversees and manages a wide range of local public health activities including programs in Communicable Disease Control, Emerging Infectious Disease Response, STD/HIV and Tuberculosis Control, Adult and Childhood Immunizations, Environmental Disease Epidemiology, Food Safety and Handling, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response.  (Click on Paul's picture for a hi-res photo suitable for print.)

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Jessica Gathirimu, MPH, CPH

Interim Director of Family and Community Health Services

On March 26th, 2012, Jessica Gathirimu stepped into the role of MHD’s Family and Community Health (FCH) Services Interim Director, overseeing more than 80 staff and nearly 20 programs which address health issues faced by individuals throughout their life cycle, such as infant mortality, teen pregnancy, nutrition, healthcare access, breast cancer and cervical cancer screening, and men’s health.  (Click on Jessica's picture for a hi-res photo suitable for print.)

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Steve Gradus, PhD, ABMM

Director of Public Health Laboratories

Dr. Gradus is Director of the City of Milwaukee Health Department Public Health Laboratories Division.  The Laboratory responds in real time, with health department investigators, to support public health interventions and proactively detect and prevent disease outbreaks. Laboratory programs include:  Communicable & Emerging Infectious Disease Control, Sexually Transmitted Disease Control, Emergency-Bioterrorism Preparedness & Response, Environmental Health, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Water Quality Control, Waterborne Pathogens Control, and  Foodborne Disease Control.  (Click on Steve's picture for a hi-res photo suitable for print.)

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Terry Perry

Manager, Office of Violence Prevention

Ms. Perry joined the Milwaukee Health Department in January of 2008 to develop the activities of the City’s new Office of Violence Prevention. She moved to MHD from the Department of Intergovernmental Relations where she was responsible for the City’s public policy interests in the areas of Public Health, Crime, Violence Against Women and Illegal Firearms. She is MHD’s and the Mayor’s liaison to a number of local public safety and violence prevention collaborations including Safe Streets, the Community Justice Council, Weed & Seed, the Homicide Review Commission and the Violence Prevention Initiative of the Medical College of Wisconsin.  (Click on Terry's picture for a hi-res photo suitable for print.)

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