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Manisha Juthani, MD
Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Health
Manisha Juthani, MD, is the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Manisha comes to DPH from the Yale School of Medicine, where she has served as an associate professor of medicine, and director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. Additionally, she has served as the associate program director for career development in the Internal Medicine Residency Program there since 2017.
Manisha received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1998. She completed her internal medicine residency training at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, where she served as an assistant chief resident. She also was a chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 2001 to 2002.
Manisha came to the Yale School of Medicine as a fellow in infectious diseases in 2002. Her research focused on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of infections in older adults, specifically urinary tract infection and pneumonia in nursing home residents. She has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in this field.
Additionally, Manisha was the principal investigator of an R01-funded research project that received widespread attention in numerous news media outlets, including the New York Times and CNN. In her parallel work with pneumonia prevention, she was the first author on the 2015 Clinical Infectious Diseases publication entitled “A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial of a Multicomponent Intervention Protocol for Pneumonia Prevention Among Nursing Home Elders.” Her investigative expertise has made her a sought-after editorialist in high-impact journals such as JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine and the British Medical Journal.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Manisha was a leader in the response at Yale. She was a voice to help educate the public and was featured on CNN, WTNH News 8, ABC’s 20/20, Connecticut Public Radio/NPR, BBC’s Newshour, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today and the Washington Post, to name a few. Throughout her career, she has been inspired to protect our most vulnerable citizens and advocate for the ideal of health as a human right. She brings this vision and passion to the role of Commissioner of the Department of Public Health.