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Office of the Commissioner

The mission of the Department of Health and Social Services is "to promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans"

Commissioner Jay Butler

Commissioner Dr. Jay Butler is formerly the Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and Director of the Division of Public Health in Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska. He maintains board certification in General Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Butler was President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in 2016-17. Prior to joining state service, he was Senior Director of the Division of Community Health Services and Medical Director for Employee Health and Infection Control at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage. He was the Director of the H1N1 Vaccine Task Force at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, and spent 23 years as a US Public Health Service Officer, retiring at the rank of Captain (O-6).  Dr. Butler has authored and co-authored over 100 scientific papers and medical textbook chapters on infectious diseases and emergency preparedness.

Requests for scheduling appointments or invitations for Commissioner, Jay Butler M.D. can made by sending an e-mail to:

Mailing & Physical address:

3601 C Street, Suite 902
Anchorage, Alaska 99503-5923
Phone: (907) 269-7800
Fax: (907) 269-0060

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