Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP
Executive Director and Health Officer
City of Detroit Health Department
A board-certified practicing emergency physician and public health leader, Dr. Khaldun leads Detroit’s health agenda focusing on eliminating intergenerational poverty through results-oriented, collaborative partnerships that focus on the resilience and strength of Detroiters.
Dr. Khaldun, whose family is from the east side of Detroit, has been Medical Director of the Detroit Health Department since July of 2016. Prior to that, she was the Chief Medical Officer for the Baltimore City Health Department, implementing key strategies around opioid overdose deaths, violence prevention, youth wellness, and strategies to improve care coordination. She also oversaw seven health department clinics, a complex laboratory, and the Office of Epidemiology.
Dr. Khaldun has held several local and national leadership roles, including Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Prince Georges Hospital Center, and Fellow in the Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She was also previously appointed to the Commission on Health in Montgomery County, Maryland, and was the Founder and Director of the Fellowship in Health Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland. In addition to her policy and public health roles, Dr. Khaldun is an accomplished academic professor who has published and lectured widely on the impact of health reform on public health and the health care system.
Dr. Khaldun obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Michigan, her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her emergency medicine residency at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she was also elected chief resident. Her MPH and fellowship in health policy were completed at George Washington University.