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October 18, 2021 POWER 25 HEALTHCARE

2021 Power 25 Health Care: Dr. Manisha Juthani

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is often an agency that gets overlooked in state government.

Dr. Manisha Juthani

But not during a pandemic. Dr. Manisha Juthani has the difficult task of taking over the agency while COVID-19 still remains a threat to public health.

Juthani was nominated as DPH commissioner in July by Gov. Ned Lamont, a position she has taken over from Deidre Gifford, who was interim commissioner throughout most of the pandemic.

Juthani has been an infectious-diseases physician at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, specializing in the diagnosis, management and prevention of infections in older adults. Her most recent area of interest has been at the intersection 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.

As DPH commissioner she will play a leading role as Connecticut tries to finally put the COVID-19 pandemic in the rear-view mirror.

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