Medical Director

Onondaga County

Posted 5/17/2021

Job Type: Full-time


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The Onondaga County Health Department is a nationally accredited health department located in Central New York. The department is recruiting one full-time or two part-time Medical Directors. The position involves responsibility for the medical oversight and administrative direction provided to medically-related health programs including Communicable Disease Control, Environmental Health, Healthy Families, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Cancer Services, Public Health Preparedness, and Employee Health. Reports to the Commissioner of Health.

As a well-recognized local health department, we have been leading the comprehensive pandemic response in Onondaga County: from case investigations and contact tracing to testing and now vaccination. The Medical Director has been an important part of this work.

  1. Providing medical and/or clinical consultation to health programs including direct patient care, especially TB and STD programs, including prescriptions, laboratory orders, standing orders, and other orders as needed for clinical teams.
  2. Actively monitoring emerging public health threats in Onondaga County by daily review of communicable disease data through New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) laboratory notifications and syndromic surveillance.
  3. Playing a lead role in the management of outbreak investigations and evolving public health crisis, including the pandemic.
  4. Acting as liaison between the Health Department and medical programs in the community, the NYSDOH, and Centers for Disease Control as needed.
  5. Developing and maintaining medical protocols, policies, and procedures with medical, nursing, and administrative staff.
  6. Acting as a public health advisor to local doctors and other organizations.
  7. Supporting the Onondaga County Health Department Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Performance Management programs.
  8. Providing on-call support during non-business hours. Calls involve phone consultation for public health matters, not direct patient care.
  9. Alerting the Commissioner of Health of any public health emergencies–big or small–in real time.

Minimum Qualification

Must be proficient in public health, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. MD degree from a medical school or equivalent professional degree recognized by the New York State Education Department. Board-certified or board-eligible. Must possess or be eligible for a license to practice medicine in the State of New York.

Salary: Starting salary for the position is $176,000-$185,000.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter detailing qualifications meeting the above requirements and a resume to and Open until filled.