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Indian-American Manisha Juthani nominated as Public Health Commissioner of Connecticut

Indian-American Dr Manisha Juthani has been nominated as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health in the US.

Dr Manisha Juthani, who is an infectious diseases physician at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, was nominated to the post by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on July 26, according to a press statement. She will succeed Dr Deidre Gifford as head of the state’s public health agency on September 20, 2021.

“I am grateful to the civil servants at the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Dr Gifford, and Governor Lamont for leading us through this pandemic to date,” Manisha Juthani said.

“Under Dr Gifford’s leadership, I look forward to continuing their efforts related to Covid-19, mental health, health equity, health disparities, and access to healthcare going forward,” she added.

Manisha Juthani specialises in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of infections in older adults. Her most recent area of interest is at the interface of infectious diseases and palliative care, including the role of antibiotics at the end of life.

“Dr Juthani’s background in infectious diseases will be a tremendous benefit to the people of Connecticut as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and strengthen our vaccination efforts,” Governor Lamont said.

“When seeking candidates to serve in this role, Dr Juthani came recommended by many top experts in this field, and I am thrilled to have her join our administration. I’m incredibly proud that Connecticut is among the leading states in vaccinating our residents, but as this pandemic continues, we need to implement sound policies that will keep the rates of transmission as low as possible,” he said.

Manisha Juthani completed her undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, attended Cornell University Medical College, completed residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Campus, and was a chief resident at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Manisha Juthani arrived at Yale School of Medicine in 2002 for infectious diseases fellowship training and joined the faculty full-time in 2006. She assumed the role of infectious diseases fellowship program director in 2012.

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