Head, Health Systems Strengthening Sector
Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH
Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI, is head of The Task Force’s health systems strengthening sector. In this role, Dr. O’Carroll provides overall strategic and operational direction to the sector that currently consists of the Public Health Informatics Institute, TEPHINET, the African Health Workforce Project, and MedSurplus Alliance. He is also currently acting as interim Director for TEPHINET.
Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. O’Carroll served as the regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region X serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He was also HHS deputy assistant secretary for health (science and medicine) and senior advisor to the acting assistant secretary for health. In this role, Dr. O’Carroll helped conceptualize and develop “Public Health 3.0,” an effort to systematize an enhanced level of public health practice currently being pioneered in several communities across the United States.
Dr. O’Carroll joined CDC in 1985 as an epidemic intelligence service officer, and spent 18 years with CDC as an epidemiologist, informatician, and program director. A fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, Dr. O’Carroll developed the nation’s first training course and textbook on the discipline of public health informatics. He has extensive experience working across most every public health domain including public health systems development, global health and disease surveillance, immunization, bioterrorism, and infectious disease epidemic control.
Dr. O’Carroll holds a medical degree and a master’s in public health from The Johns Hopkins University.