SANTA CLARA COUNTY
(SAN JOSE METRO AREA)
Sara Cody, MD
Health Officer and Public Health Director
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Sara H. Cody, MD, has served as Health Officer for Santa Clara County since September 2013. As Health Officer, Dr. Cody has broad authority under the California Health & Safety Code to protect and promote the health of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents.
Prior to her appointment as Health Officer, Dr. Cody served as Deputy Health Officer and Communicable Disease Control Officer at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department for 15 years. Her responsibilities included overseeing surveillance, disease control and prevention programs, as well as case and outbreak investigations. As a medical epidemiologist, she has extensive experience investigating outbreaks, including a large outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella from Mexican style cheese made from raw milk and a countywide outbreak of mycobacterial furunculosis among nail salon patrons, as well as investigating unusual cases, evaluating disease surveillance systems, and providing public risk communication. She has also participated in planning and response to SARS, bioterrorism, H1N1 and other public health emergencies.
Dr. Cody completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University Hospital, and medical school at Yale University School of Medicine. Following residency, she worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, assigned to the Division of Communicable Disease Control at the California Department of Health Services (now the California Department of Public Health).
Dr. Cody is a native of Santa Clara County and has lived and worked in the county for most of her life.