City of Cleveland appoints new director of public health

The city of Cleveland has a new director of public health: Dr. David Margolius.

Mayor Justin M. Bibb on Wednesday, June 8, announced the appointment of Margolius, currently Division Director of Internal Medicine at MetroHealth. A city spokeswoman wrote in an email that Margolius would start work on August 1. His salary in the full-time position will be $191,000 per year.

The city noted in a press release that Margolius “brings a decade of experience to the role as well as a deep understanding of the impact of Cleveland’s social determinants of health.”

“We are thrilled to welcome such an accomplished clinician and researcher to lead our public health work at this critical time when Cuyahoga County is once again experiencing high transmission of COVID-19,” Bibb said in a statement. “In addition to his medical expertise, Dr. Margolius also has a strong record of leadership and community service, and he cares deeply about addressing health disparities in our communities.”

The appointment comes during what the city in the statement called “another critical moment in the fight against COVID-19.” The CDC’s county-by-county tool for measuring COVID-19 cases lists the current level in Cuyahoga County as “high.”

Margolius is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Co-Faculty Director of the Medical Director Leadership Institute at the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School.

The city’s press release noted that it has been “published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of public health topics, from the response to COVID-19 in underserved communities and the crisis of opioids, hypertension in low-income populations, and best practices in primary care, preventive medicine, and family medicine.

In February, Margolius and Dr. Aparna Bole of Case Western Reserve University wrote a Personal View column for Crain’s, titled “A Turning Point in Our COVID Response.”

Margolius holds a medical degree from Alpert Medical School at Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

He lives with his wife and two children in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.

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