New Health Director Appointed, Fourth Change in Administration under McKee’s Leadership

Governor Dan McKee’s office has announced the appointment of a new acting director at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Dr. Utpala Bandy is set to retire on March 29th, and his replacement will be Dr. Staci Fischer, who has been appointed as the acting director.

Fischer has been with RIDOH since 2023 and has overseen the training of medical residents and fellows at Lifespan, serving as the Director of Graduate Medical Education, and leading the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She is also board-certified in infectious diseases and has held positions with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

This appointment signals a continued commitment to public health and leadership within the Rhode Island Department of Health under the guidance of Governor Dan McKee. The final stages of hiring a permanent RIDOH director are underway, but Fischer’s experience will provide valuable support during this transition period.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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