Julie Morita, MD
Chicago Department of Public Health
Dr. Julie Morita is a nationally renowned public health leader and vaccination expert. Mayor Rahm Emanuel nominated Dr. Morita to be Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in January, following 15 years of service to the department. As CDPH Medical Director for Immunization, Dr. Morita fostered groundbreaking partnerships with health systems and the private sector, achieving national recognition for both the improvements in and overall coverage rates. In 2009, Dr. Morita led the City’s response to the pandemic influenza outbreak, developing a system to distribute more than one million doses of vaccine to clinics and residents across the City. Most recently, as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Morita led the City’s efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of the Ebola virus, including developing and launching the Chicago Ebola Resource Network, the first local network of medical centers working jointly to prepare and respond to a possible Ebola case. As a result of her efforts, Chicago was the first jurisdiction in the nation to establish four CDC-approved Ebola response hospitals.
Prior to her time with CDPH, Dr. Morita served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC and worked in private practice. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Chicago, Dr. Morita lives in the City with her husband, a physician, and their two children.