Rhode Island Department of Health Gets New Acting Director: Dr. Staci Fischer

McKee Appoints New Acting Health Director as Search for Permanent Leader Continues • Rhode Island Current

Gov. Dan McKee has appointed Dr. Staci Fischer to serve as the acting director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, effective March 29th. The search for a permanent health director is ongoing, with the final stages of the hiring process underway.

Dr. Fischer currently serves as the chief administrative officer for the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and has been with the health department since July 2023. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role, having practiced medicine at Rhode Island Hospital for 15 years and overseeing training for medical residents and fellows for Lifespan Corporation. Her resume is filled with awards, publications, and various leadership positions within the medical community.

In an email sent Thursday afternoon, Olivia DaRocha, a spokesperson for Gov. McKee, confirmed that Dr. Fischer has been appointed as the acting director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. It is unclear if Fischer is among the contenders for the permanent director role or not. Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott was the last person to hold the title of health director and stepped down in January 2022.

With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tulane University and a doctorate in medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Fischer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role as acting health director

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