Dr. Suzanne White will join the health department Aug. 21 to oversee disease programs and emergency preparedness.


Detroit — Dr. Suzanne White will become the next medical director of the Detroit Health Department, Mayor Mike Duggan’s office announced Friday.

White will begin the position Aug. 21 and will report to executive director Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun. White was the executive vice president and chief medical officer at the Detroit Medical Center. In her new role, she will oversee the health department’s communicable disease program, emergency preparedness and clinical services as well as support the city’s Emergency Medical Service.

“Dr. White is one of the most qualified medical professionals in the business and we are all excited for her to join the Detroit Health Department,” Duggan said in a statement. “She has world-class experience in bringing quality medical care to the patients of the Detroit Medical Center and now she’ll bring that to Detroit residents across the city.”

White started her career as a medical resident at the DMC and later was chief resident of emergency medicine at Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to a press release.

She also has been the Dayanandan Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and chair of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University. In addition, she was the medical director of the Michigan Poison Control System.

In February, Duggan appointed Khaldun, a board-certified emergency physician and public health leader, to lead the Detroit Health Department.

“It is an honor to join Dr. Khaldun and the Health Department in Mayor Duggan’s administration,” White said in a statement. “I’m so looking forward to getting started as we work to ensure access to top-notch medical care for all Detroiters.”

In her career, White has received several awards, including the 2010 Wayne State University Distinguished Alumna Award and Modern Healthcare’s “Top 10 Women to Watch in Healthcare 2017” award.


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