Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
Biography of Anand K. Parekh, M.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Anand K. Parekh, M.D., M.P.H., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity, he provides oversight, direction and coordination of activities pertaining to (1) a range of emerging public health and science issues; (2) the continuum of medical research – including clinical science and health services research; and (3) issues requiring expert medical analysis and advice, particularly those concerning policy, planning, formulation, and presentation of public health issues affecting the Department. Dr. Parekh has worked on a variety of health issues, including quality of care improvement, chronic care management, disease prevention and health promotion, substance abuse prevention and control, HIV/AIDS, and seasonal influenza vaccine promotion. He also chairs the Department's Medical Claims Review Panel.
Prior to this role, Dr. Parekh served in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, supporting various initiatives related to bioterrorism and pandemic influenza preparedness. Specifically, Dr. Parekh provided leadership for the development of several modalities of medical countermeasures to be distributed in the event of an anthrax attack. He also contributed to various strategic planning efforts and the development and assessment of policy options related to the threat of an H5N1 influenza pandemic.
Dr. Parekh completed his undergraduate studies in political science, as well as his graduate school training in medicine and public health, at the University of Michigan. He subsequently completed his residency training in the Osler Medical Training Program of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition to engaging in health services research at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Parekh has completed separate stints as a research fellow at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and at the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Parekh holds a Medical Staff position at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., and practices at the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center, a low-income clinic for the uninsured. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Alumni Society and is a member of the Presidential Scholars Alumni Society and the American College of Physicians.