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Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H.
Title: Shawnee County Health Officer

Education & History
Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H., has worked in public health in several countries for almost 30 years. He obtained his medical degree magna cum laude at the University of Bologna, Italy, and his Master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is currently a senior fellow and Strategy Team Leader at the Kansas Health Institute in Topeka, Kansas, where he oversees a wide variety of projects, including assisting local health departments in their bioterrorism and emergency preparedness activities, supporting local health departments in preparation for national accreditation, and investigating options to improve childhood immunization in the state. He also leads KHI’s public health systems and services strategy team, working to identify and implement the best public health policies, programs and practices to improve health outcomes in Kansas.
A Storied Career
Prior to joining KHI, Dr. Pezzino served in the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program and later was the State Epidemiologist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for almost ten years. Dr. Pezzino is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and is Past President of the national Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). During his career Dr. Pezzino has served on a variety of task forces and committees and has testified in front of both state and federal government bodies. At the invitation of the Public Health Accreditation Board, Dr. Pezzino has also served on national workgroups and as a site visitor for the beta test activities of the national public health accreditation program under development.

Current Employment & Continuing Education
Since January 2007 Dr. Pezzino also serves as county health officer for Shawnee County (where the state capital Topeka is located). Over the past five years Dr. Pezzino has attended multiple courses on evaluation methods organized by The Evaluators Institute, a program offered by the George Washington University. He lives in Topeka with his wife of over 20 years and their three children.