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Allison Arwady, MD


Chicago Department of Public Health

Allison Arwady is the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Dr. Arwady started at CDPH in 2015 and served as CMO before being confirmed by the City Council as commissioner in January 2020. As CMO, she oversaw the disease control, environmental health, emergency preparedness and behavioral health divisions. She has worked in many areas, including disease outbreaks, immunization promotion, tuberculosis response, lead poisoning prevention and substance misuse. Prior to CDPH, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. In that role, she focused on outbreak response, including international work on Ebola and Middle East respiratory syndrome. While based at the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Arwady responded to disease outbreaks across the state. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. She completed medical school and clinical training at Yale University. Dr. Arwady is a board-certified internal medicine physician and pediatrician and continues to see primary care patients weekly.


Leadership Insights: Public Trust, Equity and Leadership

Presented by Allison Arwady, MD, Bechara Choucair, MD at 4:30 PM on Monday, March 28th.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new and significant challenges at the intersection of health equity and the public’s trust of the healthcare system. Healthcare leaders are uniquely positioned to foster trust among the patients and communities they serve, but in the process, they must navigate misinformation, fear and very real disparities in access…