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Board selects Dr. Beatty as Health Officer


Dr. Mark Beatty

Following a lengthy recruitment process, the Board of Health unanimously approved an employment agreement with Dr. Mark Beatty to serve as the Snohomish Health District's next health officer. The selection of Dr. Beatty came after interviews with nine other candidates over the last six months. 

"This was a long process and we interviewed a number of well qualified physicians, but our patience paid off," said Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, current chair of the Board of Health. "Dr. Beatty has an exceptional mix of education, global experience and passion for public health work."

Dr. Beatty's interest in public health began in medical school at the University of Connecticut, when a summer research project took him to Haiti, followed by a medical relief mission in Honduras during his residency. He joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1998, serving in a remote Navajo Nation hospital in Crownpoint, New Mexico. After two years, Dr. Beatty left to start as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During his time with the CDC, his work included a cholera outbreak in the Marshall Islands, antibiotic resistance in Kenya, the 2001 anthrax response, and dengue fever surveillance in Puerto Rico. Dr. Beatty also completed a preventive medicine residency program with the CDC - including a year at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene working on program assessment, management, and training in HIV, tuberculosis and emergency management. At the conclusion of that program, he attended Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health in Baltimore to earn a master in public health.

Since leaving the CDC in 2006, Dr. Beatty worked for the International Vaccine Institute in South Korea, as well as conducting clinical development work on new influenza vaccines at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics. He also returned briefly to the CDC to coordinate all activities in Saudi Arabia, including training local physicians in field epidemiology. Dr. Beatty is currently a freelance epidemiology consultant and instructor residing in Seoul, South Korea.

"I did my pediatrics residency at Oregon Health and Science University," said Beatty. "My family and I are very glad to be coming home to the Pacific Northwest." 

The position had previously been a combined health officer/director role, however the Board approved a charter amendment in December 2016 that separated the duties into two separate positions effective March 31. Jefferson Ketchel was appointed as interim administrator in April, and Dr. Gary Goldbaum retired as health officer in May. The Health District has been contracting with Dr. Chris Spitters as the interim health officer following Dr. Goldbaum's retirement. 

The Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. To read more about the District and for important health information, visit


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