Originally published Jan.17, 2012
The New Year has already brought exciting changes to many programs at the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Seema Csukas, M.D., Ph.D., is the new Interim Director of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) at DPH. Dr. Csukas comes to this position from her previous role as medical director for MCH at DPH where she focused on programs that address maternal health, improved birth outcomes, child health, early intervention programs, children with special healthcare needs and injury prevention. She is a board-certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“I am very excited about my new role and continuing the great work happening in the programs,” said Dr. Csukas. “We want to achieve measurable improvement in the health of infants, children, women, fathers and families in Georgia. We want our public health programs to be accessible to Georgians and we want to continue to establish Public Health as a health and safety resource for all of the state.”
“Our goals will require ongoing collaboration with other programs within public health as well as with other state agencies, nonprofit and private organizations, the medical community and communities all across Georgia,” said Dr. Csukas. “It is a great time to be a part of public health.”
Previously, Dr. Csukas worked as a primary care physician serving low-income families in metro Atlanta at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In her 16 years at Children’s, she served in a number of leadership roles including Medical Director for Primary Care Services, Director of Child Health Promotion and Medical Director for Child Wellness. She has been involved in a number of community organizations including Safe Kids Georgia, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, the Babies Born Healthy Leadership Council of the United Way of Metro Atlanta and others.
Dr. Csukas earned her bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta. She received her medical and doctorate degrees from the Georgia Medical Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Dr. Csukas was on faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.