Dr. Fredrick Echols is the Commissioner of the City of St. Louis Department of Health. He previously served as the Acting Director of Health, and was the first medical doctor to serve as health director since 2007. Prior to serving as the acting director, Commissioner Echols, 40, served as director of Communicable Disease, Vector and Veterinary Programs for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, where he was responsible for overseeing daily operations, strategic planning, fiscal management of a multi-million dollar budget and program development and implementation.
Prior to starting his position with St. Louis County, Echols served as Chief of Communicable Diseases for the Illinois Department of Public Health and as a physician in the U.S. Navy, where he managed a staff of medical and ancillary personnel.
Echols holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-med from Clark Atlanta University and a medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine.
He is a current member of the American Public Health Association, Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the American Sexual Health Association and several other professional organizations and national work groups.