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Region X

Regional Health Administrator: RADM Patrick W. O’Carroll, M.D., M.P.H.

Address: 2201 Sixth Avenue, MS 20, Seattle, WA 98121 
Office Number: 206-615-2469 

RHA Biography 

RADM Patrick W. O’Carroll, M.D., M.P.H.
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Patrick O'Carroll, M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, FACMI is a Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), serving since January 2003 as the Regional Health Administrator (RHA) for USPHS Region X (AK, ID, OR, and WA). As RHA, RADM O’Carroll serves as the region’s principal federal public health physician and scientist representing the Assistant Secretary of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). RADM O’Carroll received his medical degree and his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1983.

After training in family practice and preventive medicine, he joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, and later led the epidemiology research unit for the prevention of suicide and violence at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In 1992, RADM O’Carroll began working in public health informatics. He co-led the development of CDC WONDER, was lead scientist on the CDC Prevention Guidelines Database project, and developed the nation’s first training course and textbook in public health informatics. As Associate Director for Health Informatics at CDC’s Public Health Practice Program Office, he developed and directed CDC's Health Alert Network program. In 2001, Dr. O’Carroll was assigned to the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Public Health Preparedness on public health informatics issues related to workforce development.

RADM O’Carroll has received numerous awards and recognition for his 27 years in the USPHS, as an epidemiologist, informatician, program director and leader. He holds Affiliate Professor appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health, and in the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, UW School of Medicine.

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