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Tista Shilpi Ghosh, MD, MPH
Appointed to the CPSTF: 2017
Tista Shilpi Ghosh, MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist with broad experience in public health practice at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Dr. Ghosh has training in preventive medicine and public health from Yale University, as well as training in applied epidemiology from her time as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Ghosh served as the chief medical epidemiologist for a large local health department, where she led the agency’s emergency, pandemic influenza–related effort to vaccinate 60,000 people in six weeks. Dr. Ghosh served as head of the state of Colorado’s infectious disease and environmental epidemiology division, and she currently acts as the state’s director of public health programs and deputy chief medical officer (deputy state health officer). In this role, she provides scientific and administrative oversight over all public health programs, including all communicable and non-communicable disease prevention activities and policy interventions. Dr. Ghosh has served in a consulting role to a variety of international organizations, including the World Health Organization and UNICEF. She is also an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Ghosh has a strong understanding and publication history in population health interventions in a variety of public health practice areas, ranging from infectious to environmental to chronic diseases. Recently, she coordinated the nation’s first public health response to legalized recreational marijuana and helped systematically review and grade evidence on marijuana’s health effects. These efforts led to a 2015 ASTHO Vision Award for Colorado and provided policy-related guidance for Colorado as well as other states facing similar challenges.