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

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

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

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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