Commissioner of Health

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Commissioner of Health

Huddersfield, the Improvement Commissioners, the General Board of Health, and the Local Government Act

FRASER, Kate (1877 - 1957), Commissioner of the General Board of Control for Scotland, 1935–47; Deputy Commissioner, 1913–35; Chairman of the Scottish Association for Mental Health since 1947

GREEN, Henry Rupert (1900 - 1988), Legal Senior Commissioner of Board of Control, 1953–60, later Ministry of Health; retired 1977

Commentary: In and out of asylums: mental health care of 19th century Scotland in the writings of Sir Arthur Mitchell, the Commissioner in Lunacy

MILLS, (George) Ian (born 1935), Commissioner, London Region, NHS Executive, Department of Health, 2001–03; Member, NHS Appointments Commission, 2001–03

BANHAM, Belinda Joan (1917 - 2014), JP; Independent Assessor, Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, 2000; independent consultant, health care services, since 1996

READ, Alexander Llewellyn (1877 - 1942), Under Secretary, Clerk of Executive Council, Secretary to Premier, Secretary, Minister of Health, Public Debt Commissioner, Commissioner of Charitable Funds, and Member of Classification and Efficiency Board, S Australia

COOTE, Anna (born 1947), policy analyst and writer; Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation, since 2008; Commissioner for Health, UK Sustainable Development Commission, 2000–09

BIGGER, Edward Coey (1861 - 1942), late Medical Commissioner, Local Government Board, Ireland; Chairman of Irish Public Health Council; Chairman of the Central Midwives Board, Ireland; Chairman of the General Nursing Council for Ireland; late Crown Representative for Ireland on the General Medical Council

GRAHAM, James Drummond (1875 - 1958), IMS, retired; late Public Health Commissioner with Govt of India; late Officiating Director General Indian Medical Service; Fellow of Royal Soc. of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; late Delegate for British India on the Office Internationale d’Hygiène Publique, Paris; Member of the Health Committee of the League of Nations and Member and late Chairman of Advisory Council of the Eastern Bureau of League of Nations, Singapore; late Adviser to Ministry of Public Health, Irak; Director of Health Services, Mesopotamia, and Civil, UP India

AYNSLEY-GREEN, Albert (born 1943), Founder and Director, Aynsley-Green Consulting, since 2010; Children’s Commissioner for England, 2005–10; Nuffield Professor of Child Health, Institute of Child Health, University College London, 1993–2005, now Emeritus; President, British Medical Association, 2015–June 2016

BIGGS, Hermann M. (1859 - 1923), Professor of Medicine, University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College; Consulting Physician Bellevue, Willard Parker, and St Vincent’s Hospitals; late Chief Medical Officer, Health Department, New York City; Commissioner of Health, and Chairman Public Health Council, for New York State; Member of International Health Board and War Relief Commission, Rockefeller Foundation and Medical Section—Council of National Defence

ALESSI, Charles (born 1954), Co-Chairman, National Association of Primary Care, since 2014 (Chairman, 2012–14); Senior Adviser, NHS Clinical Commissioners, since 2014 (Chairman, 2012–14); Senior Advisor, since 2012, Lead for Dementia, since 2014, and Lead for Wellness, since 2014, Public Health England

MYERS, Bernard (1872 - 1957), Lieut-Colonel (Reserve) NZMC; Consulting Physician to St Thomas, Hospital; late-Consulting Physician to New Zealand Government, London, and to the Civil Service Sanitorium Soc.; formerly Commissioner in UK for New Zealand Red Cross; late Acting Director of Medical Services, 1st New Zealand EF; late Pres. Clinical Section Royal Society of Medicine, also of West London Medico-chirurgical Society; BMA delegate to NZ Biennial Conference, 1935; Chadwick Lectr Roy. Inst. of Public Health and Hygiene, 1937

COPEMAN, Sydney Arthur Monckton (1862 - 1947), Medical Officer, retired, Ministry of Health; ex-Member LCC (Hampstead); formerly Member Hampstead Borough Council (late Chairman Public Health and other Committees); late Senior Medical Inspector HM Local Government Board; Vice-President (late President), Epidemiological Section, Royal Society of Medicine; late Member of Council, Royal College of Physicians, London, and Zoological Society; Member of Faculty of Medicine, and Chairman of Board of Studies in Hygiene, University of London; Emeritus Lecturer on Public Health, Westminster Hospital; Knight of Grace, Order of St John of Jerusalem and Member of Chapter-General of the Order; Lt-Col in charge of Hygiene Department, Royal Army Medical College, 1916–17; late Divisional Sanitary Officer, 2nd London Division, Territorial Force; TD; Chadwick Lecturer in Hygiene, 1914; late Examiner in Public Health and in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, University of Bristol; Examiner in Public Health, Royal College of Physicians; Examiner in Hygiene and Public Health, University of Leeds; in State Medicine, University of London, and in Public Health, Royal College of Surgeons, England; Milroy Lecturer, 1898, Royal College of Physicians, London; Research Scholar and Special Commissioner, British Medical Association; Government Delegate to Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and USA in connection with investigations undertaken for Home Office, Board of Trade, Local Government Board, and Ministry of Health; Member of various Departmental Committees; Member of Livery, Apothecaries Company and Freeman of City of London; Joint Founder (1891) of Medical Research Club; Buchanan Gold Medallist, Royal Society of London, 1902; Cameron Prizeman, University of Edinburgh, 1899; Fothergillian Gold Medallist, Medical Society of London, 1899; Jenner Medallist, Royal Society of Medicine, 1925; invented Glycerinated Lymph, officially adopted, 1898, and now in general use in this and other countries for anti-smallpox vaccination; Gold Medallist, International Faculty of Sciences, 1938; Hon. Fellow Hunterian Society, 1938; joint patron of living of Hadleigh, Essex


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A term used in some jurisdictions, mainly US states, for the chief executive officer of a local or state public health service. This individual is usually, but not always, a physician with specialist qualifications, i.e., board certification in preventive medicine.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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