Dr. Cynthia B. Morrow MD, MPH

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Dr. Cynthia Morrow, former Commissioner of Health for Onondaga County and former Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion at the Maxwell School, recently relocated to Roanoke, VA where she is currently teaching at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  Dr. Morrow is committed to educating a diverse audience about public health and to developing and fostering community partnerships that address a wide range of public health concerns. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Morrow believes in the power of community based organizations.   While in Syracuse, she served on several boards of local organizations and has received numerous awards from community agencies.

Dr. Morrow served as Commissioner of Health for Onondaga County from 2005-2014. Her other past positions include Director of Preventive Services for Onondaga County Health Department; primary care physician in private practice in Florida; and Medical Director/Staff Physician for the Guam Department of Health.  After leaving the health department, Dr. Morrow was a Professor of Practice in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and continued her work at SUNY Upstate Medical University as an assistant professor with the Center for Bioethics and Humanities as well as with the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

As a child, Dr. Morrow lived in Uganda, Ghana, Switzerland, and the United States where she learned about how relationships between individuals, their communities, and their health care systems impact health. These experiences shaped her passion for public health and her drive to improve the health of the populations she serves.

Dr. Morrow earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from Swarthmore College and a combined MD/MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.   She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.