St. Louis County declares new well being director

This is Kahn’s second stint as health director in St. Louis County. He served as Health Director from 2010 to 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. – The St. Louis County Health Department is run by a familiar face.

Dr. Faisal Kahn, who headed the department from 2010 to 2018, has agreed to return for a second term as health director, St. Louis County executive Sam Page said in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are pleased that Dr. Khan has agreed to return to St. Louis County and bring his expertise and experience to this public health crisis,” said Dr. Page. “The Department of Health, led by Spring Schmidt and Dr. Doucette, has done a remarkable job, and Spring and Emily have continued to monitor and are critical and valued of the COVID-19 response.”

Kahn, 48, has 22 years of public health experience, including in departments in West Virginia and Massachusetts, as well as in Pakistan, Vietnam and Australia. Zimbabwe, Botswana and others, said Page’s office.

“I look forward to being reassigned to an already strong department as we continue the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Khan.

In the past two years, the health department has been managed by the acting co-directors Spring Schmidt and Dr. Emily Doucette headed. Both will continue to work in the department.

Schmidt will continue to act as head of operations for the department in the event of a COVID-19 emergency. Doucette will continue to serve as the department’s chief medical officer, where she will continue overseeing the transformation of the department’s primary care services, the press release said.

“DR. Khan joins the public health department at a critical time as the county is putting all possible resources into fighting the pandemic while he is administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents,” Page said in the press release.

Dr. Kahn is leaving his position as CEO of the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, a federal agency in Kansas City, Missouri.

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