Administrator of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

Carson City, NV - May 17, 2018

Julie Kotchevar, PhD, Administrator of the State of Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) today announced the appointment of Ihsan Azzam, PhD, MD as the Nevada State Chief Medical Officer.

“Dr. Ihsan Azzam has extensive experience in public health, epidemiology, disease control and prevention,” said Kotchevar. “He has worked nationally and internationally in healthcare and public health for more than 35 years. He has served as the State Medical Epidemiologist leading the activities of disease surveillance and epidemiology at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Also in that role, he has advised healthcare providers, state and local health authorities in Nevada since 1995.”

Dr. Azzam earned his medical degree from the University of Cluj-Napoca, School of Medicine in Romania in 1982 and completed his OBGYN residency in 1986. He holds the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and the CDC Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology Certificate from Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Azzam completed his MPH in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He is a scholar of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute, and has been the recipient of several awards including the 2011 National Charles C. Shepard Science Award. Dr. Azzam has also been an instructor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno graduate schools since 1997.

“I have dedicated my life to medicine and public health,” Azzam said. “I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my life.”

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Martha Framsted