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Dennis Schrader

Secretary
Maryland Dept. of Health

Dennis Schrader has served as the state’s health secretary since April 2021 after spending four months as the acting secretary.

Over this time, Schrader and the department have led the state’s vaccination efforts and provided support and direction for health officers and Marylanders with the institution of various policies to address pandemic-related problems.

As well as issuing policy direction, the secretary of health also provides administrative support services, such as constituent services, human resources, finance, communications, the inspector general, and governmental affairs.

Prior to his appointment, Schrader served as the chief operating officer and Medicaid director of the MDH. Schrader has also served as acting secretary of health once before, in 2017, after working for six months as the secretary of health and mental hygiene.

From 2003 to 2007, Schrader held the position of director with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.

Schrader was born in Buffalo, New York, and received his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo. He received his bachelor’s from Kettering University, a private university in Flint, Michigan.

The Howard County Republican Party awarded Schrader the Robert H. Kittleman Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.