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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Abramson Names Humbaugh Interim Health Director

Friday May 30, 2003

Mayor Jerry Abramson has named Dr. Kraig Humbaugh Interim Director of the Louisville Metro Health Department, effective June 1.

Dr. Humbaugh will serve in that capacity until Abramson appoints a permanent Health Director, which is expected to occur this summer after a national search is completed.

Dr. Humbaugh has served as Medical Director of the Louisville Metro Health Department since January and as Medical Director of Communicable Disease Services there since 2001. He also is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School on Medicine. Previously, Dr. Humbaugh served as chief pediatrician at the American Medical Center in Moscow, Russia.

“Dr. Humbaugh has impeccable credentials and has served extremely well as medical director and in heading up the communicable disease response team at the Health Department,” Abramson said. “I am confident that he will continue to provide continuity of leadership while we search for a permanent director.”

Dr. Humbaugh replaces Dr. Donald R. Kmetz as Interim Director of the Health Department. Dr. Kmetz, former Dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, came out of retirement last January at the request of Abramson and agreed to serve as acting Health Department Director until the end of May.

During his brief tenure at the Health Department, Dr. Kmetz was instrumental in establishing the committee to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent Health Department Director. The committee will present its recommendations to Abramson later this summer.

Recently, Dr. Humbaugh coordinated the Health Department’s Communicable Disease Response Team during the Center for Disease Control’s bioterrorism exercise of August 2001, just 3 weeks before September 11.

The exercise was CDC’s first national test of its ability to deploy the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile in the event of a bioterrorist attack. More recently, Dr. Humbaugh coordinated the Metro Health Department’s smallpox immunization readiness campaign, which inoculated health professionals throughout north central Kentucky.

Dr. Humbaugh is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and also earned a Masters of Public Health from John Hopkins University. Dr. Humbaugh was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The Louisville Metro Health Department has an annual budget of about $23 million and about 350 employees.