Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MPA is a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist and board-certified infectious diseases physician with both domestic and global experience in public health. She is a professorial lecturer for the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Pubic Health and received her Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Although her career has traversed clinical medicine, prevention research and program implementation in tuberculosis, HIV and STDs, she is most passionate about improving the nation’s health literacy and demystifying health information.
Her goal is to inspire disease prevention and health promotion action in communities by making practical and useable health information more accessible to ordinary citizens. As researcher, clinician, infectious disease expert, and patient advocate, Dr. Fitzpatrick believes the key to reducing chronic and infectious diseases morbidity is largely dependent upon improving community health literacy and motivating people to adopt healthier behaviors.
Dr. Fitzpatrick began her career as a medical epidemiologist at the nation’s premier public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1998. Throughout her tenure at the CDC, Dr. Fitzpatrick held several leadership positions. From 2005-2007, she served as a U.S. Diplomat, was named director for the CDC global AIDS program and was responsible for implementing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, (PEPFAR), in the Caribbean Region. She established the CDC’s first Minority AIDS Research Initiative which still provides opportunities for junior researchers of color to become independent HIV researchers.
Dr. Fitzpatrick was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA/MD, a six-year accelerated program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Fitzpatrick has authored peer-reviewed journal articles, is a go-to source for journalists. Outside her daily clinical and public health practice, she frequently volunteers her time in the community education the public about health issues.