Faculty Profile

Joneigh S Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM

Joneigh S Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM

Adjunct Professor
Health Management and Policy

Chief Medical Executive
State of Michigan

Chief Deputy Director for Health
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Appointee
Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP is the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan and the Chief Deputy Director for Health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).  In these roles, she provides overall medical guidance for the State of Michigan as a cabinet member of the Governor, and oversees public health and aging programs, Medicaid, and behavioral health for MDHHS. 

Dr. Khaldun is also an appointee to the Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.  As one of twelve non-federal members of this task force, she will work to issue a range of recommendations to help inform the COVID-19 response and recovery.  This includes recommendations on equitable allocation of COVID-19 resources and relief funds, effective outreach and communication to underserved and minority populations, and improving cultural proficiency within the Federal Government.

Prior to her MDHHS role, she was the Director and Health Officer for the Detroit Health Department, where she oversaw a robust community health assessment, established a comprehensive reproductive health network, spearheaded new human service efforts, and led Detroit’s response to the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in modern U.S. history.

In previous roles, Dr. Khaldun was the Baltimore City Health Department’s Chief Medical Officer, where she led their efforts to address the opioid epidemic, and expanded and modernized the department’s multiple clinical services and laboratory. She has also held positions as the Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, Founder and Director of the Fellowship in Health Policy in the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine, and Fellow in the Obama administration’s Office of Health Reform in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, and on the Health and Medicine Committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

Dr. Khaldun has received numerous awards including the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum, the de Beaumont Foundation 40 Under 40 Leaders in Public Health Award, and the George Washington University Dean’s 950 Award. In 2020, she was named a Notable Woman in Health and Newsmaker of the Year by Crain’s Detroit. Dr. Khaldun obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University, and completed residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, where she was elected chief resident in her final year.  She practices emergency medicine part time at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

  • MPH in Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, 2013
  • MD, Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • BS in Biology, University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and Arts, 2002

  • Clery, M and Khaldun J. Emergency Physicians as Public Health Advocates. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2019:74:5:S62-S65.
  • Heisler M, Lapidos A, Henderson J, Guzman RM, Wolfe J, Meyer P, Law D, Kieffer EC, Ernst C, Djelaj V, Khaldun J, Ayanian JZ. Study Protocol for a Community Health Worker (CHW)-Led Comprehensive Neighborhood-Focused Program for Medicaid Enrollees in Detroit. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2019 Sep 30:16:100456.
  • Clery MJ, Dworkis DA, Sonuyi T, Khaldun JS, Abir M. Location of Violent Crime Relative to Trauma Resources in Detroit: Implications for Community Interventions. West J Emerg Med 2020 Jan17:1-4.
  • Khaldun, Joneigh S. Public Health Leadership During a Pandemic: Michigan’s Experience. J Public Health Manag Pract. January/February 2021. Volume 27. Issue 1. pS14-S18.
  • Jarrah, Sami, Khaldun, Joneigh, Sellers, Katie, Rich, Naomi. Bringing the Essential Public Health Services to Life. J Public Health Manag Pract: January/February 2021. Volume 27.Issue 1. p 97-98.

  • Member and Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Member and Fellow, American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Member, American Association for Physician Leadership
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, National Association for Health Service Executives