DPH Commissioner J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D. receives the Sellers-McCroan Award

April 16, 2018

J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D., Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), is the recipient of the 2018 Sellers-McCroan Award. The Georgia Public Health Association recognized Commissioner O’Neal during the annual conference on Jekyll Island April 5.

“It is an honor to be placed among the names of the past recipients of this award, most of whom have been colleagues at one time or another, all of whom have made significant contributions to public health,” said Commissioner O’Neal. “Every day we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people in Georgia. That is an awesome responsibility, and the reason I am grateful for every one of you and the work you do.” 

The Sellers-McCroan award is given each year to a person whose work has had a significant impact on epidemiology and/or laboratory services in Georgia.

Dr. O’Neal was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health in July 2017, by Governor Nathan Deal.

In addition to his role of commissioner, Dr. O’Neal serves as the director of Health Protection for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where he has oversight responsibility for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Trauma, Emergency Preparedness, the Georgia Public Health Lab, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, mmunizations and Environmental Health.

Congratulations, Dr. O’Neal on this well-deserved recognition as the recipient of the 2018 Sellers-McCroan Award.

For more information about Commissioner O’Neal and the Sellers-McCroan award, visit GPHA’s website.

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