Bechara Choucair steps down as CDPH head

Fri. December 12, 2014 7:18 AM by Windy City Media Group

Chicago, IL - Chicago officials announced Dec. 11 that Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) Commissioner Bechara Choucair will step down from his post at the end of December. He is to be replaced by CDPH Chief Medical Officer Julie Morita, pending City Council approval.

Choucair will be joining Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health as that organization's senior vice president for safety net transformation and community health.

"Thanks to the outstanding work of Dr. Choucair, Chicago is a healthier city today and CDPH is seen as a national leader in public health," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. "We will miss him and his passion for helping Chicagoans live healthy lives."

"I am grateful to Mayor Emanuel for providing me the opportunity to serve the people of Chicago," added Choucair. "It has been an honor to work with CDPH staff, our partners and residents to make our city healthier."

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