Obama Names Kathryn Brinsfield DHS Health Affairs Asst. Secretary, Chief Medical Officer

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US department of homeland securityPresident Barack Obama has promoted Kathryn Brinsfield, associate chief medical officer and director for workforce health and medical support at the Department of Homeland Security, to assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer.

“These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles,” Obama said of Brinsfield and other new administration appointees in the announcement posted Wednesday.

Before this nomination, Brinsfield has also been serving as assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer in an acting capacity since 2013.

She joined DHS in July 2008 and was also part of the National Security Staff from 2012 to 2013 as director of medical preparedness policy.

She worked for the emergency medical services bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, from which she retired as medical director for public health preparedness and homeland security in 2009.

Brinsfield  taught at the medicine and public health schools of Boston University as an associate professor and is also a former director of resident education at Boston Medical Center.

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