A recognized leader in public health, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck has led at every level of the governmental public health enterprise: local, state, federal, and global. He served as the only county official in New York State to simultaneously lead the health and mental health departments. He spent twelve years as senior medical officer at the CDC (1998 – 2009), served as CDC’s Country Director and Chief of Party in Guyana, South America, and was actively engaged in two of the largest global health initiatives in history: the World Health Organization’s polio eradication program; and, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Recently, Dr. Hasbrouck served as Senior Advisor for the Improving Health Outcomes (IHO) group at the American Medical Association (AMA). He is charged with growing relationships with health care systems, community health centers, payers, and other public/private entities to eliminate gaps in chronic disease prevention across all populations, including scaling efforts with the American Heart Association (hypertension) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (prediabetes). He also assists with philanthropic and corporate funding opportunities and developing and accelerating strategies to promote health equity to improve health outcomes of the nation.
Previously, Dr. Hasbrouck was the Executive Director for the National Association of County and City Health Officials which represents the nation’s 3,000 local health departments. Prior to that, he was the 17th Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (2012 – 2015) responsible for protecting the health and improving the lives of the 13 million residents in the nation's 5th largest state. While there, he collaborated to implement the ACA, including Medicaid expansion, the healthcare marketplace, and State Innovation Model (SIM) planning. He also co-chaired the state’s Ebola Task Force and led efforts that resulted in the creation of statewide blueprints for health workforce expansion, population health-healthcare integration, and national PHAB accreditation.
Dr. Hasbrouck has been on the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, New York Medical College, and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health. He is a diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine, a former CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellow, and US Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Health Promotion Practice and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the CDC Director, Health Disparities Subcommittee. The recipient of numerous awards for his governmental and non-governmental work, he was recently recognized as one the nation's “Top Blacks in Healthcare” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Disparities Solutions and blackdoctor.org.
Dr. Hasbrouck received his BA and MPH degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and graduated Dean’s Scholar and recipient of the Charles D. O'Malley Prize in Medicine from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His internal medicine residency took place at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He received a certificate in State Health Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School. Recently, he published his memoir titled, G Street Lion: Stalking a Dream (May 2016), which chronicles his personal story and how he fought long odds, naysayers, and self-doubts to become a dream catcher.