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Biography: Lisa Kaplowitz, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lisa Kaplowitz, MD, MSHA is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a position she has held since March, 2010. In this position, she is responsible for directing and coordinating policy and strategic planning for all components of the Office of the ASPR.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Kaplowitz was Director of the Health Department for the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia from July, 2008 until February, 2010. As Health Director in Alexandria, she was responsible for all public health activities and was also very involved in emergency preparedness in the National Capital Region, serving as Chair of the Health and Medical Regional Planning Working Group of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).
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From 2002 until July, 2008, she was Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). She was responsible for the development and implementation of Virginia’s public health response to all natural and man made emergencies, in coordination with hospitals, health care system and emergency response organizations in Virginia and the National Capital Region.

Prior to joining VDH, Dr. Kaplowitz was a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of the VCU HIV/AIDS Center. She also was Medical Director of Telemedicine and Ambulatory Care for the VCU Health System. She obtained her MD degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She was a health policy fellow with the Institute of Medicine in Washington D.C. in 1996-1997, working in Senator Jay Rockefeller’s Office on health financing and end of life care. She completed a Masters of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. In addition to public health and emergency preparedness, she has a strong interest in health policy, health care financing and improving access to health care.

  • This page last reviewed: May 13, 2013