Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., serves as the Commissioner of the
Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and State Health Officer. Dr.
Fitzgerald, a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow in
Anti-Aging Medicine, has practiced medicine for three decades.
As Commissioner, Dr. Fitzgerald oversees various state public health
programs including Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and
Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health,
Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical
Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health
Equity, Vital Records and the State Public Health Laboratory. Dr. Fitzgerald
also directs the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health
Prior to joining DPH, Dr. Fitzgerald held numerous leadership positions.
Fitzgerald served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN
Society and she worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker
Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She has served as Chairman of the
Board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and remains a Senior Fellow.
Additionally, she served on the Military Academy Selection Boards for
Senators Paul Coverdell and Saxby Chambliss, and was a founding board member
for the Paul Coverdell Leadership Institute. She also contributed to
Leadership Georgia serving as a program chair, served as the 7th District
Representative to the Georgia State School Board, and held board posts with
Voices for Georgia’s Children, the Advanced Academy of West Georgia, the
University of West Georgia Foundation, and the Carrollton Rotary Club.
Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from
Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory
University School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training at the
Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant clinical
professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Dr.
Fitzgerald served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Base in Michigan and at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.