ALBANY, NY (WSYR-TV) — Dr. James McDonald has been appointed to function New York State’s 18th well being commissioner, based on the division.
Dr. McDonald has been the performing state commissioner because the resignation of Dr. Mary Bassett efficient January 1, 2023.
Assertion from the New York State Well being Commissioner, Dr. James McDonald:
“It’s the honor of my life to be confirmed because the 18thhe New York State Commissioner of Well being. I wish to thank Governor Hochul and the State Senate for the belief they’ve positioned in me on this essential position.
There are few issues extra essential to individuals than their very own well being. My aim as well being commissioner is to do every thing potential to empower New Yorkers to reside more healthy lives, get rid of well being disparities, improve entry to reasonably priced well being care, and create more healthy communities throughout the state. I’m grateful to work with the gifted and devoted crew on the Division of Well being as we attempt to enhance the general public well being of all New Yorkers.” — Dr. James McDonald, New York State Well being Commissioner
On the Rhode Island Division of Well being, he served in a number of roles, together with Appearing Director of Well being, Administrative Director of the Medical Self-discipline and Licensing Board, Medical Director of the COVID unit, in addition to Medical Director of the Buyer Service Heart. Buyer. and the Drug Overdose Prevention Program.
Dr. McDonald was additionally a member of the Governor’s activity pressure to forestall overdose deaths.
Commissioner McDonald has school appointments on the Brown College of Public Well being, in addition to the Warren Alpert College of Medication at Brown College.
Dr. McDonald earned his MD from Loyola Stritch Medical College in Chicago, his pediatrics residency from the US Navy, and his preventive medication residency from the State College of New York. He additionally earned his BS in Biology from Siena Faculty.
Dr. McDonald is board licensed in pediatrics and preventive medication.