DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Wednesday that Dr. Caitlin Pedati, State Medical Director and Epidemiologist, plans to leave the agency effective late October.
Pedati has served in the role since June 2018 and worked as medical epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services prior to joining IDPH. She plans to pursue new career opportunities.
“I want to thank Dr. Pedati for her outstanding service to the people of Iowa, especially throughout the pandemic,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a released statement. “She has been instrumental to our state’s strong COVID-19 response and a valued member of my team. I wish her much success and happiness in all that she pursues.”
“The work of the last 18 months has been difficult at best and I remain immensely appreciative of Dr. Pedati’s steadfast partnership throughout. I, along with our teams at IDPH and the Department of Human Services will miss her. Her personal sacrifice is to be commended and we wish her the very best as she begins this new chapter, IDPH interim Director Kelly Garcia added.