Rhode Island’s New Acting Health Director: Dr. Staci Fischer, MD

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

Gov. Dan McKee has appointed Dr. Staci Fischer as the acting director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, effective March 29th. This decision comes as interim state health director Dr. Utpala Bandy is set to retire on that date. Fischer has been serving as the chief administrative officer for the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline since July 2023 and has a strong background in medicine, having practiced at Rhode Island Hospital for 15 years and overseeing training for medical residents and fellows for Lifespan Corporation.

Fischer holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tulane University and a doctorate in medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Her resume is filled with awards, publications, and various leadership positions within the medical community. Gov. McKee has proposed a salary increase for the health director position to make it more attractive to potential candidates, with a proposed salary of $250,000 effective in April (pending legislative approval). The search for a permanent health director is ongoing, with the final stages of the hiring process underway.

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