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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health

Biography of Anand K. Parekh, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Anand K. Parekh, M.D., M.P.H.
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Anand K. Parekh, M.D., M.P.H., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity, he provides oversight, direction, and coordination of activities pertaining to a range of emerging public health and science issues and the continuum of medical research – including clinical science and health services research.  Specifically, Dr. Parekh has provided leadership on a variety of health issues, including quality of care improvement, chronic care management, disease prevention and health promotion, substance abuse prevention and control, and seasonal influenza vaccine promotion.

Dr. Parekh was delegated the authorities of the Assistant Secretary for Health from September to December 2007. He has also served as Acting Group Director, Population Health Models Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation; Acting Executive Director, President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; and, as Executive Secretary, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee.

Prior to these roles, Dr. Parekh served in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, supporting various initiatives related to bioterrorism and pandemic influenza preparedness.  Specifically, Dr. Parekh provided leadership for the development of several modalities of medical countermeasures to be distributed in the event of an anthrax attack.  He also contributed to various strategic planning efforts and the development and assessment of policy options related to the threat of an H5N1 influenza pandemic.

Dr. Parekh completed his undergraduate studies in political science, as well as his graduate school training in medicine and public health, at the University of Michigan. He subsequently completed his residency training in the Osler Medical Training Program of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition to engaging in health services research at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Parekh has completed separate stints as a research fellow at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and at the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Parekh holds a Medical Staff position at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., and practices at the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center, a low-income clinic for the uninsured. He is an Assistant Professor, Part-Time in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served on the Board of Governors of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Alumni Society and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Presidential Scholars Alumni Society.