Harry Chen, M.D.

Commissioner Harry Chen, MDHarry L. Chen, M.D. was appointed Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health in January 2011.

Dr. Chen was appointed Acting Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services by Governor Peter Shumlin, serving from August 2014 - January 2015.

Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Dr. Chen worked as an emergency physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center for over 20 years, and served as Medical Director from 1998-2004. He is on the clinical faculty at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and served as vice chair of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees.

Dr. Chen earned his medical degree and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, serving as chief resident. He worked at and was on the faculty of the George Washington University Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine from 1983-1988. From 2004-2008, Dr. Chen was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, and was vice chair of the Health Care Committee during his final term.

In 2008, Dr. Chen received the Vermont State Medical Society's Physician Award for Community Service. He has served on numerous statewide boards addressing healthcare and medical issues, including as vice chair of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. From June-September 2010, Dr. Chen served as Interim Executive Director of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, where he was a board member since 2006. In addition, Dr. Chen is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Infectious Disease, and a member of the Prevention Committee of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Dr. Chen has spoken on the issue of health care reform nationally and regionally, including presentations to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, the New Mexico legislature’s Health Committee, and the New England Medical Society Leadership Conference.

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Barbara Cimaglio
Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Barbara CimaglioBarbara Cimaglio joined the Department of Health in 2004. Her responsibilities include leading the department’s oversight and development work in substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Ms. Cimaglio has extensive experience in community-based substance abuse services, including work in prevention and adolescent treatment. She has been in state government for over 20 years. Prior to coming to Vermont, she served as the director of the former Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Program and the Oregon Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.

At the national level, Ms. Cimaglio serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and is a past-president of this board. She has served on a number of national committees focused on improving substance abuse treatment and prevention services.

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Tracy Dolan
Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Tracy DolanTracy Dolan was appointed deputy commissioner in January 2011, providing overall leadership for the myriad of public health programs within the department. She manages coordination of services with the Agency of Human Services and the other departments and agencies throughout the state.

Ms. Dolan was appointed Acting Commissioner of Health by Governor Peter Shumlin, serving from August 2014 - January 2015, during Commissioner Chen's tenure as Acting Secretary of Human Services.

She has also served as the department's director for Public Health Planning and Performance Improvement. Ms. Dolan has been working in public health for 18 years, getting her start in northern Canada working with vulnerable populations in reducing the risk of HIV infection. She spent 10 years working in international health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on HIV/AIDS care and prevention, maternal child health, and youth reproductive health.

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David Englander
Senior Policy and Legal Advisor

David Englander was appointed as the Senior Policy and Legal Advisor in February 2013.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Englander served as General Counsel to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, providing legal advice on a host of policy, legislative, and regulatory matters. He also worked as the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Environmental Litigator, representing the agency before the Natural Resources and Water Resources Boards, the Environmental Court, and the Public Service Board. Before attending law school, Mr. Englander was a public high school teacher.

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