CHA News Article

Karen Smith Appointed Director of CDPH

Gov. Brown has appointed Karen Smith, MD, MPH, as director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Dr. Smith has been medical staff for infectious disease at Queen of the Valley Medical Center since 2012, has served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency since 2004 and has been a faculty consultant at the Francis J. Curry International Tuberculosis Center since 1997. In addition, Dr. Smith is a liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Board of Scientific Counselors, and is president-elect of the California Conference of Local Health Officers. She served as assistant section chief at the California Department of Health Services Tuberculosis Control Branch from 2000 to 2001.

“CHA congratulates Dr. Smith on her appointment to this important position and looks forward to working with her,” said CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner.