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Leadership

Frank A. Franklin, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Interim Health Commissioner
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Ryan Taylor, M.B.A.
Chief Operating Officer
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Palak Raval-Nelson, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Health Commissioner
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Gail Carter Hamilton, M.S.N., R.N., C.S.N.
Chief Racial Equity Officer
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James Garrow, M.P.H.
Communications Director

James Garrow has served as Communications Director for the Department of Public Health since 2018. Previously, he held positions with the department as Director of Digital Public Health, Operations and Logistics Manager, and Health Communications Specialist. He has presented internationally on topics of digital media, crisis communications, and emergency risk communication.

Garrow was born and raised in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, attended Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University. He lives in Roxborough with his wife and three children.

Jessica M. Baptiste, J.D.
State and Federal Policy Advisor
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Sara Enes, M.B.A., M.S.W.
Chief of Staff

Sara Enes, M.B.A., M.S.W., is the Chief of Staff for the Department of Public Health. She has worked in the department since 2009 and has served as the Patient Assistance Program Coordinator, Medical Affairs Administrator, Assistant Health Center Director, and Health Center Director at Health Center #2 and #6 in the division of Ambulatory Health Services. In August 2022 Enes became the Acting Director of the Division of Disease Control.

Enes earned both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees at Temple University and Master of Business Administration, with a focus on healthcare, at The George Washington University.

Enes is deeply committed to improving access to quality healthcare for underserved communities in Philadelphia.

Megan Todd, Ph.D.
Chief Epidemiologist
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Name Job title Phone #
Andrew R. Best, Jr. D.P.A., M.P.A., M.S.S., L.S.W. Director, Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction
(215) 686-5196
Kathleen A. Brady, M.D. Director, HIV Health
(215) 685-4778
Kimberly Bunk Director, Facilities Management
(215) 685-0918
Landrus Burress, DrPH, M.P.H., M.S. Director, Disease Control
(215) 685-6740
Kinnari Chandriani, M.D. Director, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
(215) 685-5684
Jeffrey Easter Director, Human Resources
(215) 685-5200
Stacey Kallem, M.D., M.S.H.P. Director, Maternal, Child and Family Health
(215) 685-5225
Dawn Kiesewetter, M.P.H. Acting Director, Environmental Health Services
(215) 685-7490
Cheryl Kramer, M.B.A. Director, Ambulatory Health Services
(215) 685-6769
William Marks Fiscal Officer, Health Fiscal
(215) 685-5342
Bernadette Matthis, M.S.B.A. M.L.S. (A.S.C.P.) Director, Public Health Laboratory
(215) 685-6773
Kassahun Sellassie, Ph.D. Director, Air Management Services
(215) 685-7584
Lindsay Simon, M.D. Acting Chief Medical Examiner
(215) 685-7458
Tracie Stokes Director, Information Technology
(215) 685-4750
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