Dr. Joneigh Khaldun Steps Down as Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive

LANSING, MICH — Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is stepping down from her role. Khaldun will take on a new job outside of state government, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Friday.


“This work has been the honor of my life. I’ve been inspired by the entire MDHHS team and their expertise and dedication to serving the people of Michigan,” Khaldun said in a release. “Dr Bagdasarian is an accomplished public health expert and epidemiologist and I am confident she will serve the state well in this new role. This is very bittersweet, but I am excited for this new and unique opportunity to continue doing my life’s work of advancing bold programs and policies that promote the health of all communities.”

According to Whitmer, Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian will serve as interim chief medical executive for the state starting on Oct. 1.

“Thanks to Dr. J’s around-the-clock leadership, our state acted quickly with the best available data and science to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save countless lives during the pandemic,” Whitmer said in a release. “While we wish we could keep Dr. J at the helm, I wish her the best of luck as she moves on to a well-deserved opportunity. The state of Michigan and I are incredibly grateful for your service.”

Dr. Khadlun had previously served as director of the Detroit Health Department.


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