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Christopher J. Pezzullo

Chief Health Officer

Department of Health and Human Services

HQ Phone:  (202) 690-7000

Email: c***@***.gov


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Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Room 509F HHH Building

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia,20201

United States

Company Description

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Programmatic ass... more

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Background Information


Maine Osteopathic Association


Maine Cardiovascular Health Council

Board Member


University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


bachelor's degree

SUNY Story Brook , N.Y.

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December 2016 - Equinox Agency [cached]

"More carbon monoxide poisonings happen in the winter than any other time in Maine, but we can all protect ourselves and our families by having our heating systems serviced each year, and making sure we have working carbon monoxide detectors in our homes," said Maine Department of Health and Human Services State Health Officer Dr. Christopher Pezzullo.
"Now is a great time to make a plan for using your generator so that you are prepared to use it safely during a storm," said Dr. Pezzullo. Anyone with a portable generator should have an extension cord long enough to make sure the generator can be run outside, at least 15 feet from windows or doors, and a plan for keeping the generator protected from rain, ice, and snow. Making a plan now can help residents avoid the temptation to run a generator inside a basement, garage or cellar bulkhead during a storm. "We are also highly concerned about people who leave motors running while they work on them in garages or in buildings. This is extremely dangerous, even if windows or doors are open," said Dr. Pezzullo.

HLD | Alumni of the Health Leadership Development Program [cached]

Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO Chief Health Officer, DHHS, Augusta

"One of the goals of the law is to have prescribers checking the PMP to ensure patients don't seem to be getting prescriptions from more than one provider or are filling scripts at more than one pharmacy," said Christopher Pezzullo, M.D., Maine's state health officer, Department of Health and Human Services.
The law also requires dispensers - such as pharmacists - to check the PMP when dispensing to new customers, out-of-state customers or customers paying in cash rather than with insurance. The law places limitations on the duration and dosage of opioid medication that can be prescribed. While the law is in effect for new patients, that part of the law goes into effect in 2017 for existing patients on higher doses than the law allows, to give them time to come up with a more functional plan with their prescribers. Pezzullo added that there will be some exemptions, such as for patients under hospice care or cancer care. Also, starting next July all prescribers must submit prescriptions for benzodiazepine and opioid medication electronically to try and prevent diversion and all prescribers must undergo continuing education as a condition of prescribing opioid medication. Pezzullo says the rise in opioid use is "sort of the culmination of 20 years of policies that have really created very easy access to prescription opioids." "The pharmaceutical industry, especially in the 90s and early 2000s, had led us to believe that opioids were not addictive," Pezzullo said. "The cost for prescribing opioids is fairly low. Prescribers were led to believe the choice was a good option." However, "If you have a box full of tools to treat chronic pain - probably opioids are the most dangerous tool in the toolbox," Pezzullo said. Among medication-assisted treatments, Pezzullo said the state is launching a pilot program to expand Vivitrol treatment. Also, Pezzullo said the state is working to ensure that methadone treatment facilities are also providing the right level of behavioral intervention. "From my perspective, methadone treatment only works if behavioral therapies are robust and are part of the treatment," Pezzullo said.

Maine Public Health: Maine CDC Announces New Leadership [cached]

Sheryl Peavey has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Dr. Christopher Pezzullo has been named the State Health Officer.
Dr. Pezzullo has been practicing medicine for nearly 20 years in Maine as a pediatrician He's a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He became DHHS' Chief Health Officer in 2014. During the last year, Dr. Pezzullo has been a driving force behind the Department's efforts to address the public health epidemic of opioid and opiate use. He has informed new laws that lower prescribing duration and prescription strength, supported the required use of the Prescription Monitoring Program and assisted in the development and creation of a new pilot project to test Vivitrol to combat addiction. Dr. Pezzullo joined Maine CDC as the Medical Director of the Division of Population Health in 2012. Prior to joining State government, he was the Chief Medical Officer for University Health Care from 2008 to 2012. Dr. Pezzullo was also recently named the Maine Osteopathic Association's Physician of the Year.

"If these measures had only been in place 10 years ago, I doubt we would have seen a heroin abuse crisis of today's magnitude," Dr. Christopher Pezzullo, chief health officer for DHHS, said.

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