Commissioner Daines Appoints Dr. Ursula Bauer Director, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 19, 2008) – Ursula E. Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H., a highly respected tobacco control leader and chronic disease epidemiologist, has been named Director of the New York State Department of Health's Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health. She succeeds Mark S. Baptiste, Ph.D., who retired.

"Ursula Bauer is a leader in tobacco control nationwide, and she brings energy and innovation to her research and programs that help keep New York a leader in public health," state Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., said.

The Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Adult Health includes programs addressing tobacco prevention and control, healthy heart and community wellness, cancer screening and cancer services, obesity and diabetes, injury prevention, and other chronic disease prevention programs designed to improve the health of New Yorkers.

As Director, Dr. Bauer will:

  • Provide leadership, vision and direction for the Department's chronic disease programs and integrate prevention efforts into a focused set of strategies to reduce the burden of chronic disease in New York state, reduce health care costs and improve the health of New Yorkers;
  • Develop innovative strategies, policies and collaborations to change the community environment to support and reinforce healthful behaviors;
  • Establish a chronic disease prevention agenda, that will enable the Department to monitor and achieve key milestones and bring its full resources to bear on meaningful improvements to the health of the public.

Dr. Bauer has been Director of the Department's Tobacco Control Program since 2001. Previously, she served as Chronic Disease Epidemiologist at the Florida Department of Health and as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Bauer earned a Ph.D. degree in epidemiology from Yale University, a master's degree in public health from Columbia University, and a master's degree in political science from Rutgers, The State University. She resides in Delmar with her husband and two daughters.