2 Indiana agencies name new chief medical officers

August 8, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s health and social services agencies have named two doctors to be their new chief medical officers.

Daniel Rusyniak will be the chief doctor of the Family and Social Services Administration, while Melissa Collier will hold a similar post at the State Department of Health.

Rusyniak, a professor of emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, started in the new role on Monday. He will continue teaching at the medical school. He has a background in toxicology that state officials hope will help with their efforts to curtail the opioid epidemic.

Collier, a pediatrician, previously worked as an outbreak investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also served at a quarantine station in Newark, New Jersey, as a part of the U.S. Ebola virus response.

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