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White House Names BU Alumna to Post at Department of Homeland Security

Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) alumna Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield (MPH ’01) has been appointed assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

On February 11, the White House announced Dr. Brinsfield’s official promotion to the position, where she will continue to lead a team that serves as DHS’s principal authority for all medical and health issues. Dr. Brinsfield had served as the acting assistant secretary since 2013.

From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Brinsfield worked directly for the White House National Security Staff as the director of medical preparedness policy. Dr. Brinsfield joined DHS in 2008 as the associate chief medical officer and director for workforce health and medical support. She has also held associate professorships at BUSPH and the Boston University School of Medicine.

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