Meet our Health Officers
Robert Einterz, MD - Health Officer
Einterz was appointed full time Health Officer of the St. Joseph County Department of Health on February 17, 2020. Dr. Einterz retired from IU after more than 30 years on faculty at IU school of medicine as the Donald E. Brown Professor of Global Health and Associate Dean for Global Health at Indiana University School of Medicine, and director of the Indiana University Center for Global Health. He completed specialty training in internal medicine in 1984 and then served for one year as Chief Medical Resident at Eskenazi Memorial Hospital. Dr. Einterz worked as a volunteer physician in rural Haiti for one year in 1986-87. In 1989, he co-founded the Indiana University-Moi University, Kenya partnership, and served as the interim coordinator of the Department of Medicine at Moi University School of Medicine in 1990-91. Dr. Einterz was the co-director of the NIH-funded Moi Medical Informatics Fellowship and the Principal Investigator of numerous grants including projects funded by the Gates Foundation, the MTCT-Plus Initiative, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
He directed a consortium of North American universities in partnership with Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. This partnership, co-founded by Dr. Einterz in 2000, is named the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). AMPATH is responsible for a comprehensive system of health care services, research and training in western Kenya. AMPATH’s primary care and chronic disease management programs deliver healthcare services to a population of more than 4 million people in western Kenya. Dr. Einterz directed the Westside Community Health Center in Indianapolis for nearly ten years. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Einterz also worked as a hospitalist and clinician-teacher at Eskenazi Hospital on the campus of Indiana University Medical Center.
The Board of Health is ecstatic to have Dr. Einterz as its Health Officer and looks forward to working with him to better the health and safety of St. Joseph County.
Mark D. Fox, MD, PhD, MPH - Deputy Health Officer
Fox was appointed as a Part-time Deputy Health Officer by the St. Joseph County Board of Health in 2018. Dr. Fox holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is eager to make progress on “community health improvement initiatives".
Lead, infant mortality, immunizations and health education “are the four big categories", but he also wants to help establish what the strategic priorities are going forward for the Department of Health.
Fox served as Interim Health Officer from October 2019 to February 2020.