Jay Butler, the state's chief medical officer under Gov. Bill Walker has accepted a position with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta as deputy director for infectious diseases.

Butler has a long history in public health in Alaska. He served as chief medical officer for the Department of Health and Social Services from 2007 through 2009, and again from 2014 through 2018. Prior to that position, Butler was the state epidemiologist from 2005 to 2007.

Butler told Alaska Public Media that he will focus on a wide range of infectious diseases in his new role with a special emphasis on curtailing the spread of HIV. He said the goal is to reduce the number of new HIV cases by 50% over the next five years, and by 90% over the next 10 years.

Dr. Lily Lou is Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska

Butler was replaced earlier this year by Dr. Lily Lou, the current chief medical officer for DHSS. Lou is a neonatologist and the former executive medical director of the Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

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