ASTHO Board of Directors


Nirav ShahPresident
Nirav Shah, MD, JD [Bio]
Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

In June 2019, Nirav Shah, MD, JD, was appointed as the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). Dr. Shah comes to Maine CDC with broad experience in public health, most recently as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he implemented key initiatives to address the State’s opioid crisis, reduce maternal and infant mortality, and reduce childhood lead poisoning.

As an attorney and public health economist, Shah previously advised professionals and governments around the nation and globe on improving the delivery of health care. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, where his work included investigating and managing disease outbreaks as an epidemiologist.

Shah received both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He also studied economics at Oxford University.


Anne Zink, MD, FACEP

Anne Zink, MD, FACEP [Bio]
Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health

Anne Zink, MD, FACEP was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health in August 2019. Dr. Zink has 13 years of experience in emergency medicine and joins DHSS from the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where she served as the Emergency Department medical director (2010-18) and also on the Board of Trustees (2012-18). In addition, she helped create the High-Utilizer Mat-Su (HUMS) (2017-18) program that aims to improve patient health and cost savings for some of the state's most vulnerable patients.

Dr. Zink is a practicing emergency room physician who is passionate about helping to shape and transform our current health care system. In all the work she does, she strives to create work environments, policies, and practices that are data-driven, foster collaboration and build system efficiencies that put patients first. Her priorities as CMO include building stronger partnerships between DHSS and Alaska's health care providers and providing support statewide in locally relevant ways to help establish healthier communities across Alaska.

Dr. Zink received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Utah.


Immediate Past President


Past President


Steven J. Stack, MD, MBASecretary-Treasurer
Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA [Bio]
Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health

Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA was appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health by Governor Andy Beshear in February 2020. He resides in Lexington, KY and is a board-certified emergency physician.

For more than 20 years, Stack has been a leader in the medical profession. He has served on boards of directors and in senior leadership roles for numerous geographic and specialty medical societies. In 2006, he was the first emergency physician ever elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, subsequently serving as board chair and in 2015-2016 as the AMA’s youngest president since 1854.

Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments, including St. Joseph East (Lexington), St. Joseph Mt. Sterling (rural eastern Kentucky), and Baptist Memorial Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). He has more than 18 years of emergency medicine administrative and clinical practice experience in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

In 2018, Stack joined The University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business as adjunct professor. In this role, he lectures onhealthcare policy and the mechanics of advocacy to physicians in the Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program as well as to both physician and non-physician healthcare leaders enrolled in executive education programs.

Stack has focused experience in health information technology (IT). A nationally recognized advocate, he bridges bedside care with governmental policy and has served on numerous federal advisory committees for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) from 2010-2016. Additionally, he served from 2012-2016 as board member and secretary of eHealth Initiative, a Washington, DC-based non-profit association improving health care through the advancement of health IT. His other areas of expertise include emergency department and hospital management, health system reform, physician licensure and regulation, and healthcare anti-trust issues.

Stack has extensive experience in policymaking and advocacy at federal, state, and county levels before legislative bodies and executive branch regulatory agencies. He is also a skilled public spokesperson and longtime advocate for universal access to affordable and high quality healthcare.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Stack graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he was a Henry Bean Scholar for classical studies. He then returned to Ohio to complete medicalschool and emergency medicine residency at Ohio State University before moving to Memphis to begin his clinical practice. In 2006, Dr. Stack and his family relocated to Lexington. And, in December 2017, he completed his MBA at UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business.

Stack is married and the proud father of one daughter. His wife, Tracie, is an MD, PhD and practicing board-certified allergy/asthma/ immunology specialist. In his leisure time, Dr. Stack enjoys the study of classical Greek and Roman history, United States presidential history, photography, and traveling with his wife and daughter.


Regional and Territorial Directors

Mark LevineRegion I Director [Map]
Mark Levine, MD [Bio]
Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

Mark A. Levine, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, is currently the associate dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official at the College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center. He also serves as the vice chair for education in the department of medicine. Levine obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Connecticut and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester. He completed his internal medicine residency and a chief resident year at the University of Vermont and a fellowship in general internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, which emphasized clinical epidemiology, research training, teaching, and administration of educational programs.

Levine has gained a reputation as an outstanding teacher and educational program innovator, receiving teaching awards from the medical school and the department of medicine. He has successfully directed large NIH and HRSA educational grants addressing the generalist physician and nutrition-preventive medicine competencies he cares deeply about from a population health perspective.

Levine actively practices general internal medicine with special interests in solving complex diagnostic dilemmas, health promotion/disease prevention, screening, and clinical nutrition. This provides him with personal perspective on the challenges our healthcare system holds for physicians as well as patients. Further insights have come through leadership and advocacy roles he has assumed locally and nationally with the American College of Physicians (the largest physician specialty organization in the United States), where he is on the board of regents and was formerly governor of the Vermont chapter, and the Vermont Medical Society, where he has been vice-president and president-elect. He has also been a longstanding member of the Vermont Department of Health primary care-public health integration workgroup. At the nexus of Levine’s clinical, education, public health, and advocacy efforts is his heightened interest in improving health at the population level through health policy directed at fostering a culture of health.


Carlos Mellado LópezRegion II Director [Map]
Carlos Mellado López, MD, FACEP [Bio]
Secretary of Health, Puerto Rico Department of Health

Carlos R. Mellado López, MD, FACEP, Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Health, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, studied his bachelor's degree in pre-medical studies at the Interamerican University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Later, he graduated from the Universidad del Noreste (UNE) in Tampico Tamaulipas, México, where he completed his doctorate degree in medicine. Upon returning to Puerto Rico, he completed an internship at the Dr. Isaac González Martínez Oncological Hospital in Río Piedras, where he received the distinction of Intern of the Year 2002.

As part of his professional career, he served as director of the Canóvanas Health Center and the Caribbean Medical Center in Fajardo. He has also worked in various medical institutions and health centers in the metropolitan area. Additionally, Mellado López served from 2011 to 2015 as the Puerto Rico Patients Ombudsman, where he stood out to be a fierce fighter enforcing patients' rights.

Mellado López, a health worker with 20 years of experience, served in 2005 as a medical advisor to the Senate in the Health and Women's Affairs Commission, and as an honorary member from 2005-2006 of the Joint Commission of the Legislative Assembly for the Implementation of the Right to Health. Furthermore, the Secretary stands out for his humanitarian missions, especially for the non-profit organization Haiti Stands Up, which emerged after the 2010 earthquake that affected this country. He is president of the Board of Directors. Because of his willingness to help those in need, he enlisted orthopedic surgeons, general practitioners, prosthetics specialists, and physiotherapists to attend to the most vulnerable.

Mellado López, a passionate primary care physician, continues to be immersed in non-for-profit work. Precisely, after Hurricane María impacted the Island in September 2017, he helped provide thought Puerto Rico Stands Up medicines and medical services to the 78 municipalities. On October 5, 2019, he assembled a team of doctors to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fundación Forjadores de Esperanza.


Region III Director [Map]


Scott HarrisRegion IV Director [Map]
Scott Harris, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA [Bio]
State Health Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health

Scott Harris, MD, MPH, was appointed Acting State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) in September 2017 and formally designated as Alabama’s 12th State Health Officer in February 2018. A graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, Harris attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and served an internal medicine internship and residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham before returning to UAB to complete a fellowship in adult infectious diseases. He earned his MPH from the UAB School of Public Health.

In 1996, he began his practice in general infectious diseases and HIV medicine in Decatur, Alabama, and began serving as tuberculosis consultant with ADPH. In 2004, he helped to establish the Decatur-Morgan Community Free Clinic, serving thirteen years as the medical director, as well as a board member and board chair. The non-profit clinic offers health care and dental care at no charge to low income, medically uninsured residents, and relies heavily on community volunteers.

As a volunteer physician, Harris has served on many international medical missions to Central America, South America, and Africa. In addition to his board certification in internal medicine and infectious disease, he has additional certificates of qualification in tropical medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and in travel medicine from the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Harris left private practice to join ADPH in 2015 as Area Health Officer for seven North Alabama counties, before assuming his current role as State Health Officer.


Alexis TravisRegion V Director [Map]
Alexis Travis, PhD [Bio]
Senior Deputy Director, Public Health Administration, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Alexis Travis, PhD is senior deputy director of MDHHS' Public Health Administration, where she serves as State Health Officer and oversees a vast array of public health services in Michigan, including these state bureaus: Laboratories; EMS, Trauma and Preparedness; Health and Wellness; and Epidemiology and Population Health.

Dr. Travis previously served as director of MDHHS' Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), where she oversaw an agency that provides statewide leadership, direction and resources to support Michigan's aging, adult services and disability networks. Among other contributions, she led AASA to become the fifth state in the nation and first in the Midwest to join the World Health Organization and AARP age-friendly initiative. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Travis worked with the AASA team and the aging network to launch many innovative programs to address food insecurity, social isolation and support risk mitigation in one of the highest risk populations.

In a previous position at MDHHS, Dr. Travis served as director of MDHHS' Bureau of Health and Wellness, where she managed the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control and the Division of HIV and STD Programs. In that role, she collaborated with internal and external stakeholders to develop a state dementia plan and established a state-level public health workgroup on healthy aging.

Prior to her work at MDHHS, she worked as chief of community health for the Worcester Department of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts, where she managed the Community Health Improvement Plan and was a champion of health equity while working effectively with diverse community stakeholders—including older adults and people with disabilities. Earlier in her career, she was a payer operations manager for Athena Health and chapter director of program services and state director of program services for March of Dimes New England.

Dr. Travis holds a doctorate in public health from Walden University in Minnesota, a master's degree of pharmacy with honors from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and was a participant in the Socrates/Erasmus Student Exchange Program at the University of Salamanca in Spain. She is a 2021 de Beaumont Foundation 40 Under 40 in Public Health honoree.


John W. HellerstedtRegion VI Director [Map]
John W. Hellerstedt, MD
Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Service

John W. Hellerstedt earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his General Pediatrics Residency at the University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center. He moved to Austin in 1981 and spent 18 years working as a pediatrician and departmental chair at Austin Regional Clinic.

Hellerstedt first entered public service as the Medical Director of the Bureau of Medicaid Managed Care and CHIP at the Texas Department of Health in 2000 and became the Medical Director for the Medicaid CHIP Division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in 2001.

After seven years with the state government, he accepted a position as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. He became the Associate Chief Medical Officer at Seton Family of Hospitals in 2009 and the Chief Medical Officer in 2013.

Hellerstedt is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Travis County Medical Society, and Texas Pediatric Society. His honors and awards include the 2007 Texas Pediatric Society Child Advocate of the Year. He has served the Central Texas community through his membership in and leadership of numerous committees at the Children’s Hospital of Austin, Brackenridge Hospital, the Seton Network, and Austin Independent School District.

In January 2016, Hellerstedt took on the role of Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. With his leadership, the agency strives to achieve the vision of "A Healthy Texas" and fulfill the mission of improving the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.


Region VII Director [Map]


Alexia Harrist, MD, PhDRegion VIII Director [Map]
Alexia Harrist, MD, PhD [Bio]
State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Health

Dr. Ali Harrist is the Wyoming State Epidemiologist and Acting Wyoming State Health Officer at the Wyoming Department of Health. Previously, Dr. Harrist was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assigned to the Wyoming Department of Health. She subsequently was employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serving as a Medical Officer in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination.

Dr. Harrist is a 2013 graduate of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics and is a board‐certified pediatrician. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her degrees include a BS from Yale University, MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.


Ihsan Azzam MD, PhD, MPHRegion IX Director [Map]
Ihsan Azzam, MD, PhD, MPH [Bio]
Chief Medical Officer, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Dr. Ihsan Azzam oversees public health surveillance, epidemiology and disease control activities. He advises state and local health authorities, healthcare providers and community-based organizations, and provides professional education, guidelines, clinical updates and recommendations to prevent, control and contain disease outbreaks. Dr. Azzam represents Nevada on state and national forums, advisory bodies, and academic institutions, and he coordinates investigations and surveillance activities among state, local and federal agencies.

Dr. Azzam earned his medical degree from Cluj University of Medicine in Romania in 1982 and completed his OBGYN residency in 1986. He also holds a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography from the University of Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a CDC Chronic Disease Epidemiology Certificate from the Penn State College of Medicine. At the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Azzam completed his MPH in 2002 and PhD in 2010. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 National Sheppard Award for Excellence in Epidemiology.


Elke Shaw-Tulloch Region X Director [Map]
Elke Shaw-Tulloch, MHS [Bio]
Public Health Administrator, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Elke Shaw-Tulloch began her current position as administrator of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Sept. 2, 2012. The division of health provides services ranging from immunizations, testing for communicable diseases, regulating food safety, certifying emergency medical personnel, vital record administration, and compilation of health statistics to bioterrorism preparedness. The division’s programs and services actively promote healthy lifestyles and prevention activities, while monitoring and intervening in disease transmission and health risks as a safeguard for Idaho citizens.

Shaw-Tulloch began working for the division of health as a health education specialist in 1996. She was promoted to manager of the Radiation Health Effects Program (1998) and then became manager of the Environmental Health Education and Assessment Program (1998-2001). In 2001, Shaw-Tulloch was hired as bureau chief for environmental health and safety, which evolved under her leadership to become the Bureau of Community and Environmental Health in 2003.

Shaw-Tulloch has an undergraduate degree in environmental health with a biology minor and a Master of Health Science degree with an environmental health emphasis from Boise State University.


Esther L. Muña, MHA, CPC, CEOUSAPI Director
Esther L. Muña, MHA, CPC, CEO [Bio]
Chief Executive Officer and Financial Services Administrator, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

Esther Muña was appointed chief executive officer for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC), the health agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in April 2014. As CEO, Muña oversees strategic direction and all operations of the Commonwealth Health Center Hospital, Rota Health Center, Tinian Health Center, Public Health Services, and Behavioral Health Services and provides leadership and direction of Kagman Community Health Center.

Past experiences include: 

  • April 2013-April 2014: interim CEO for CHCC
  • October 2012-April 2013: chief operations officer for CHCC; instrumental in the abatement of immediate jeopardies issued in September 2012 CMS survey
  • January 2012-September 2012: Medicaid advisor and Medicaid HIT coordinator under the governor’s office; instrumental in the amendment of the Medicaid State Plan to change the payment methodology for the only hospital in the CNMI (CHC)

Muña also worked for the Commonwealth Health Center Hospital under the Department of Public Health for several years. She was a hospital administrator for one and a half years and hospital CFO for four years. She held other healthcare management positions including business office manager, privacy officer, and medical records manager.

She received a Master of Health Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and is an alumna of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (social and behavioral science major) and Northern Marianas College (accounting major).

She is active in several membership organizations, including the Pacific Island Health Officers Association – Board of Directors secretary, 2013 to current, the American Public Health Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Association of Professional Coders – president (Guam-CNMI Chapter), 2010.

Other recognitions of note include being featured in the February 2010 issue of AAPC Coding Edge Magazine: “Minute with a Member”, the winner of CDC Sustainable Management Project and presented winning project in CDC Sustainable Management Conference in Cape Town, South Africa (2006): “Improving Revenue Collections with Total Quality Management”. She is also a certified professional coder since 2004 and AHIMA-Approved ICD-10 coding instructor since 2012.


Justa E. Encarnacion, RN, MBA, HCMTerritory Director
Justa E. Encarnacion, RN, MBA, HCM [Bio]
Health Commissioner & Chief Public Health Officer
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health

Justa E. Encarnacion, affectionately known as “Tita,” is no stranger to the U.S. Virgin Islands nor to healthcare. A St. Croix native, Commissioner Encarnacion began her career in healthcare at the Charles Harwood Memorial Hospital as a volunteer in the Nursing Education Department at the mere age of 14-years-old. This experience set the stage for her career as a healthcare professional. She returns to the Charles Harwood Memorial Complex as Commissioner for the Virgin Islands Department of Health.

Commissioner Encarnacion is a pediatric nurse by trade. She received her Associate of Science in Nursing from the former College of the Virgin Islands. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Barry University and received her Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix.

Commissioner Encarnacion has over 30 years of experience in healthcare with 15 years of experience leading staff in inpatient and outpatient settings. Encarnacion has served in a number of capacities in both the private and public sectors, leading a number of projects. She was the first Health Services Supervisor and assisted with opening the first health center on the St. Croix campus at the University of the Virgin Islands. Other roles held include: Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center; part-time faculty at the University of the Virgin Islands; and a Clinical Advisor at Case Western Reserve University Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She has developed policies, implemented process improvement initiatives, headed transitions, and conducted strategic planning.

Commissioner Encarnacion believes in community and collaboration. Community begins with public health. The Virgin Islands Department of Health is the steward of public health in our territory. She is ready to serve the Virgin Islands community and execute the mandates of the department.


Ex Officio Members

Michael Fraser Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP [Bio]
Chief Executive Officer, ASTHO

Michael Fraser has served as ASTHO's chief executive officer since August 2016. Most recently, he served as the executive vice president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society in Harrisburg, Pa. During his tenure there, he worked with physician leaders to transform the organization into a dynamic, relevant, and effective membership organization representing all of the state’s physicians, and tackling critical issues such as the opioid misuse and drug abuse crisis.

Fraser served as CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) from 2007 to 2013, where his leadership was recognized nationally by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Director’s Award in 2014. In addition, the American Public Health Association’s MCH Section awarded AMCHP the Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award. Prior to joining AMCHP, Fraser was the deputy executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) from 2002 to 2007, and served in several capacities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including positions at the Health Resources and Services Administration and CDC.

Fraser received his doctorate and masters degrees in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a masters of science in management with a concentration on management, strategy and leadership from the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University. He received a B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College in 1991. Fraser is an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Global and Community Health at the George Mason University College of Health and Human Services and a Professional Lecturer in Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.


Nicholas E. Davidson Nicholas E. Davidson [Bio]
Senior Deputies Representative
Senior Deputy for Public Health
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Nicholas Davidson is the Senior Deputy for Public Health and the Director for Community Health Services, responsible for the safe and effective delivery of DHEC public health services within the health departments and Vital Records offices across the State. He is responsible for strategic planning and the delivery of public health services throughout South Carolina and helps ensure the delivery of appropriate, timely and quality services at DHEC’s 74 public health service sites, located in every county in the state. Nick completed the South Carolina Certified Public Manager program in 2010. He received his Master’s degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina with the focus on immunology. He also has a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Mr. Davidson has been a member of the DHEC team for over 20 years. He started his career with DHEC, in Environmental Affairs, as the Oil Spill Program Coordinator and was part of the State HAZMAT/WMD response team. He then served as the Public Health Preparedness Director in one of the coastal regions. After eight years on the coast, he moved to the Upstate to serve as the Public Health Oversight Director, responsible for quality improvement, workforce development and public health preparedness. He then served as the Public Health Director for the DHEC Midlands region, followed by the same role in the DHEC Lowcountry region.


Richard Hamburg, MPARichard Hamburg, MPA [Bio]
Affiliate Council Representative

Executive Director, Safe States Alliance

Richard "Rich" Hamburg, MPA, is the Executive Director at the Safe States Alliance and is located in Washington D.C. Rich joined Safe States in 2018, and previously he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) where he oversaw public policy initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and internal operations. Prior to TFAH, he served as the American Heart Association’s national Director of Government Relations. A native New Yorker, Rich is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.

Rich is responsible for providing direction and leadership to advance the mission, strategic plan and annual operating plans. He oversees and serves as an advocate for the field of injury and violence prevention professionals’ interests with federal agencies and other partners and stakeholders.


Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH [Bio]
Alumni Society Representative

Dr. Edward Ehlinger is a public health metaphysician who has spent his professional career working in various settings to advance health equity and optimal health for all. He has Integrated the values, practices, and approaches of medical care, public health, community building, and social justice in his work as a Senior Assistant Surgeon with the National Health Service Corps, Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Minneapolis Health Department, Director and Chief Health Officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, and Commissioner of Health at the Minnesota Department of Health. He currently chairs the federal HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, serves on several boards, provides coaching for the National Leadership Academy for Public Health, and consults and speaks on public health and community-building issues locally and nationally.

Dr. Ehlinger received his BA degree in English and his MD degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow of the American College Health Association, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and a Bush Fellow. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is a past president of the Minnesota Public Health Association, the North Central College Health Association, the Twin Cities Medical Society, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the first board chair of CityMatCH.