New Kentucky Public Health Commissioner named

Dr. Steven Stack

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – There’s a new commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced Dr. Steven Stack, of Lexington, will take on the role.

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Stack says he aims to be a leader of the entire state public health system and help make resources and care more accessible.

“I am proud to be a part of health programming that is innovative, accountable and focused on making Kentuckians’ lives better,” Stack said. “Our state health officials are here to support and enhance local health departments. We can’t forget that health care is local, and we have to balance a practice of targeting the right care with the approach of maximizing our state and federal resources.”

Stack is an emergency physician at Saint Joseph Hospital East in Lexington, where he also has served as Medical Director and Chair of the Emergency Department.

He succeeds former DPH Commissioner Dr. Angela Dearinger, who says she is looking forward to returning to the University of Kentucky as Assistant Dean of the College of Medicine.