Medical director Pedati leaving Iowa Department of Public Health

(Des Moines, IA) -- The Iowa Department of Public Health is looking for a new medical director. I-D-P-H says Dr. Caitlin Pedati will be leaving in late October. Dr. Pedati has been at

I-D-P-H since 2018, and has led the state's coronavirus pandemic response. Prior to joining I-D-P-H she was the medical epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. A news release from the department states Dr. Pedati plans to pursue new career opportunities.

“I want to thank Dr. Pedati for her outstanding service to the people of Iowa, especially throughout the pandemic,” stated Governor Reynolds. “She has been instrumental to our state’s strong COVID-19 response and a valued member of my team. I wish her much success and happiness in all that she pursues.”

IDPH interim Director Kelly Garcia shared, “The work of the last 18 months has been difficult at best and I remain immensely appreciative of Dr. Pedati’s steadfast partnership throughout. I, along with our teams at IDPH and the Department of Human Services will miss her. Her personal sacrifice is to be commended and we wish her the very best as she begins this new chapter.”

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