2010: Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH

Linda Rae Murray, President-Elect of the American Public Health Association and Chief Medical Officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health and Hospital System, Illinois

The School of Public Health and Health Profession’s 22nd J. Warren Perry speaker was Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, President-Elect of the American Public Health Association.

Murray has been a voice for social justice and health care as a basic human right for over 40 years, and has spent her career serving the medically underserved. 

She has practiced occupational medicine in Canada and the United States and currently serves as the chief medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health & Hospital System, the state certified public health agency for suburban Cook County, Illinois.  Murray practices as a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center, is an attending physician in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital, and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois’ School of Public Health in the departments of Occupational & Environmental Health and Health Policy & Administration. 

She has been an active member of a wide range of local and national organizations including serving as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Board of Directors of Trinity Health (a large Catholic Health system). 

Murray was medical director of the federally-funded health center Winfield Moody, serving the Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago.  She plays a leadership role in many organizations including NACCHO’s (National Association of City & County Health Officers) Health Equity & Social Justice Team and the national executive board of American Public Health Association.  She also serves on the board of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group.