In The Loop – July 30, 2021

Governor Lamont Nominates Dr. Manisha Juthani as Public Health Commissioner

Governor Lamont announced today that he is nominating Dr. Manisha Juthani to serve as Connecticut’s commissioner of the Department of Public Health.

Dr. Juthani is an infectious diseases physician at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, where she specializes in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of infections in older adults. Her most recent area of interest is at the interface of infectious diseases and palliative care, including the role of antibiotics at the end of life.

She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, attended Cornell University Medical College, completed residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Campus, and was a chief resident at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She arrived at Yale School of Medicine in 2002 for infectious diseases fellowship training and joined the faculty full-time in 2006. She assumed the role of infectious diseases fellowship program director in 2012.

Dr. Juthani will succeed Dr. Deidre Gifford as head of DPH. For the last year, Commissioner Gifford has been serving dual roles, acting also as the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services. The Governor is now asking Dr. Gifford to take on an additional role: to become the Senior Advisor to the Governor for Health and Human Services. In this new role, Dr. Gifford will be tasked with coordinating a multi-agency approach among the state’s nine health and human services agencies to improving health and healthcare in Connecticut.

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