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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., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine) in the Office of Public Health and Science at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, he provides oversight, direction and coordination of activities pertaining to (1) a range of emerging public health and science issues; (2) the continuum of medical research – including clinical science and health services research; and, (3) issues requiring expert medical analysis and advice, particularly those concerning policy, planning, formulation, and presentation of public health issues affecting the Department. Dr. Parekh has worked on a variety of health issues including public health emergency preparedness, pandemic and seasonal influenza preparedness, quality of care improvement, chronic care management, childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.  He also chairs the Department's Medical Claims Review Panel.

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 & Medicaid Services and at the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Parekh maintains a Medical Staff position at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland and practices at the Holy Cross Health Center– a low-cost adult medicine clinic for the uninsured. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Alumni Society and is a member of the Presidential Scholars Alumni Society and the American College of Physicians.