Austin doctor tapped to be chief medical officer for Homeland Security

Austin Doctor becomes chief medical officer of the United States DHS

President Biden has selected a local doctor to serve as the chief medical officer for the US Department of Homeland Security.

President Joe Biden has selected a doctor in Austin to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi will serve as the primary advisor to the DHS Secretary, FEMA Administrator and DHS senior leadership on medical and public health issues related to natural disasters, border health, pandemic, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.

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In addition to his work at the People’s Community Clinic in Austin, Dr. Gandhi recently became an associate faculty member at Dell Medical School at UT Austin.

According to his Dell Medical School biography, Dr. Gandhi internist, pediatrician and community advocate focusing on community-based poverty reduction initiatives and social determinants of health. He also holds degrees in international relations and economics from Tufts University and his MD and MPH from Tufts School of Medicine.

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The Austin Health Clinic treats uninsured, underinsured patients who are reported to be suffering from PSA deficiency

Dr. Pritesh Gandhi, associate chief medical officer of the People’s Community Clinic, says the clinic is suffering from the shortage of testing and treating COVID-19 patients.

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He is also a 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar – a joint initiative by the Presidential Centers of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson that brings together diverse, high-performing professionals from the nonprofit, military, public and private sector to learn firsthand leadership lessons from the four presidencies and Presidents Bush and Clinton, says the biography.

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