The Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. John J. Dreyzehner visited the Macon County Health Department last Tuesday afternoon, to tour the facility and discus current healthcare issues with staff and elected officials.
Dreyzehner has resolved to visit the Health Departments in every county in Tennessee before September of 2012. Macon’s was the fourth visit he made that day.
Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM , received his Doctor of Medicine from University of Illinois, and completed his residency in Occupational Medicine at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. He also received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Utah.
Dreyzehner began his medical career as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force. He was a practicing occupational medicine when appointed to his current position at the Department of Health.
His short biography, posted to the Dept of Health’s website, shows as impressive list of leadership and service roles:
“He also has practiced for several years in the field of addiction medicine while working on substance abuse prevention, treatment and control in his public health role. He holds appointments as adjunct faculty with East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, founding faculty of the Healthy Appalachia Institute and visiting assistant professor of public health at the University of Virginia. He also chairs the advisory committee for the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health Degree Program.
“Dreyzehner has served in leadership positions with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1996 and actively with the National Association of County and City Health Officials since 2002. From 2008 to 2011, he has chaired the NACCHO advisory committee that partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a successful, year-long fellowship program for new local health officials.
“He has enjoyed other long-standing service opportunities on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Health Policy Advisory Council, Southwest Graduate Medical Education Consortium, Health Planning Agency of Southwest Virginia, Mountain Empire Public Health Emergency Coordination Council, Community Health Improvement Partnership and Virginia Economic Bridge. He also has served as vice chair of the Southwest Virginia Health Authority and completed several terms as chair of both nonprofits CareSpark, Inc. and One Care, Inc.”