FSSA, ISDH Name Chief Medical Officers

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Daniel Rusyniak and Melissa Collier Daniel Rusyniak and Melissa Collier

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and Indiana State Department of Health have named chief medical officers for each agency: Daniel Rusyniak and Melissa Collier.

Rusyniak will continue his work as a professor of emergency medicine and an adjunct professor of pharmacology, toxicology and neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. His new role includes leading FSSA’s medical directors, as well as the agency’s new Healthy Opportunities office to ensure qualifying Hoosiers receive the services they need. He graduated from Villanova University and earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University. Rusyniak completed an emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at the IU School of Medicine.

Also, Collier is a familiar name at the Indiana State Department of Health, including working as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemic intelligence service officer inside the agency from 2010 to 2012, where she led various outbreak investigations. Collier previously served as team lead for the Division of Viral Hepatitis, as well as medical epidemiologist of the division and supervisory medical officer at the CDC occupational health clinic.

In addition to her clinical and public health experience, she has made contributions to the U.S. Public Health Service, serving at the Newark Quarantine Station during the United States Public Health Service Ebola response and serving on the Smoking Cessation Subcommittee of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Physician Professional Advisory Committee. Collier is a board-certified pediatrician with a background in internal medicine and earned her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology.

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