Springfield, IL (WGEM) — Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced new directors for the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
The governor announced Thursday Dr. Ngozi Ezike will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
The governor’s office stated that Dr. Ezike is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who comes to IDPH from Cook County Health, where she has served for more than 15 years.
She currently serves as medical director at the Juvenile Detention Center, the largest juvenile detention facility in the country.
Previously, Dr. Ezike served as medical director for the Austin Health Center where she actively engaged with the community through health initiatives involving obesity, diabetes, and breastfeeding. She also has delivered inpatient care at Stroger Hospital as well as primary and preventive care in the community and school-based clinics.
Dr. Ezike is a national policy adviser on juvenile correctional health topics who has presented at numerous local and national conferences for medical professionals and youth audiences alike.
Ezike received her Doctor in Medicine from University of California at San Diego and her Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Harvard University. Dr. Ezike also holds a management certificate from Harvard Business School and is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rush University.