Julie Morita, M.D.
Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health
Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Julie Morita was nominated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January, 2015 following 15 years of service to the department.
As CDPH Medical Director for Immunization, Dr. Morita fostered partnerships with health systems and the private sector, achieving recognition for both the improvements in and overall coverage rates.
In 2009, Dr. Morita
led the City's response to the pandemic influenza outbreak, developing a system to distribute more than one million doses of vaccine to clinics and residents across the City.
In 2014, as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Morita led the City's efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of the Ebola virus, including developing and launching the Chicago Ebola Resource Network, the first local network of medical centers working jointly to prepare and respond to a possible Ebola case.
has represented local public health as a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the Illinois Immunization Advisory Committee
, Chicago Area Immunization Campaign, and the Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics
Prior to her time with CDPH, Dr. Morita served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC and worked in private practice.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School
, Dr. Morita lives in the City with her
husband, a physician, and their two children.