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

4th Director of Health Named During McKee’s Term

Governor Dan McKee has recently announced the appointment of Dr. Staci Fischer as the acting director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) following Dr. Utpala Bandy’s retirement on March 29th. Dr. Fischer, who currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer at the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, has been with RIDOH since 2023 and brings over 15 years of experience practicing at Rhode Island Hospital to her new role.

In addition to her work at RIDOH, Dr. Fischer has also overseen medical resident and fellow training for Lifespan and served as the Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She is board-certified in infectious diseases and has held positions with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

These recent changes in leadership reflect Governor McKee’s commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of Rhode Island residents through skilled and experienced leadership at RIDOH. With Dr. Fischer now serving as acting director, the state is poised to continue its efforts to promote public health and safety in the face of ongoing challenges.

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