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October 10, 2022 / 2022 Power 25 Health Care

2022 Power 25 Health Care: Dr. Manisha Juthani

Manisha Juthani

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

But not during a pandemic. Dr. Manisha Juthani had 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 2021 by Gov. Ned Lamont, a position she took 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.

She made headlines recently when she announced that COVID-19 restrictions in schools would be scaled back for the 2022-2023 academic year, as students return to a more normal year.

She’s also been encouraging COVID-19 booster shots and launched a new monkeypox vaccine program to combat that disease, which has similar but less fatal symptoms as smallpox.

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