New Director of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice Named

For Immediate Release: February 11, 2004

Contact: Vermont Department of Health
Communications Office

BURLINGTON – Vermont Commissioner of Health Dr. Paul Jarris has named Paula DiStabile, MSN, JD to the position of Executive Director of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice.

“Ms. DiStabile will be a great asset to the Board,” said Dr. Jarris. “With her strong background as a clinician and experience in law and health policy, she brings a solid understanding of the issues that face the Board on a regular basis.”

From 1999 to 2003, Ms. DiStabile served as legal counsel to the Division of Health Care Administration at the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration. She directed the Division’s programs for independent external review of health care decisions and its health insurance rates and forms unit, and supported the Division’s managed care oversight, consumer services and certificate of need programs .

From 1996 to 1999, Ms. DiStabile worked with the Vermont Department of Health on projects related to health policy and pediatric preventive health services. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of capacities in health law, health policy and health care in New York City.

DiStabile received her JD from the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College and holds both MSN and BSN degrees in nursing from the Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing.

The mission of the Medical Practice Board is to evaluate the fitness of medical professionals to practice in Vermont and to take prompt action where needed to protect the public health and safety.

Former Interim Executive Director John Howland has accepted an assignment working for the Secretary of Human Services on the agency reorganization.