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.