Dr. Gale Burstein is the Erie County Commissioner of Health and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School Medicine in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Burstein is currently working on Erie County strategies to expand substance abuse prevention and treatment services and adolescent sexual health care services access; decrease the number of childhood lead toxicity cases, improve HPV immunization rates, and prevent opioid related deaths. She co-chairs the Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force. In 2017 Erie County experienced a decline in opioid related deaths; a trend continuing in 2018. Dr. Burstein participates in writing national adolescent health care guidelines and has been published in scientific peer review journals.