Mayor Adrian Fenty recently teamed up with Department of Health Director Dr. Pierre Vigilance to announce the interim appointment of Dr. Nnemdi Kamanu Elias as a senior deputy director for the District’s HIV/AIDS Hepatitis Tuberculosis and STD Administration. Prior to assuming the post, Dr. Elias was the chief medical director for HAHSTA. She will serve in that capacity while a nationwide search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

“Our city has made considerable strides in the fight against communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, increasing the number of HIV testing programs and investing in HIV/AIDS awareness and research,” said Fenty. “I am confident that Dr. Elias and the District will continue ensure that city residents are armed with the necessary tools to protect and improve their health.”

Vigilance added that he looked forward to continuing the progress the city has already made at the department, including efforts reducing its HIV/AIDS cases. “The entire Department of Health stands behind every effort to ensure that all District residents have the tools and knowledge to live long and healthy lives,” Vigilance said.

Elias has been with the department since February 2009 when she served as HAHSTA’s chief medical officer. During that time she worked with the senior deputy director to ensure the technical and programmatic quality of HIV/AIDS and related programs throughout DOH.

Elias, who earned her medical degree from Yale University, said she was honored to be able to continue her service to the department. “I look forward to working with the excellent team in HAHSTA and our colleagues in DOH to build on the progress we’ve made over the past three years under Mayor Fenty,” she said.