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Howard Backer, MD, MPH, FACEP

Dr. Howard Backer was appointed to serve as Director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.

From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Backer served as Associate Secretary for Emergency Preparedness at California Health and Human Services Agency, where he coordinated public health and medical disaster response as well as mass care and shelter issues across the departments within the Agency.

Dr. Backer served twice as the Interim Director of the California Department of Public Health, in addition to several other roles, including Chief of the Immunization Branch, and lead for Smallpox and for Pandemic Influenza planning.

Prior to joining government service in 2000, Dr. Backer practiced emergency medicine full time for 25 years in rural, urban, and suburban settings. He received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California at San Francisco, a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Michigan and is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He continues to work clinical hours in Urgent Care at the UC Berkeley Student Health Center.