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Sources: Lakey Leaving DSHS for Position at UT System

David Lakey, the state's public health chief, will accept a joint position with the University of Texas System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, sources tell the Tribune.

Dr. Lakey questions witness during the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capit...

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey will leave his current post and accept a joint position with the University of Texas System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, sources familiar with the plans said Tuesday.

An official announcement is expected Wednesday. 

Lakey became the state’s health commissioner in 2007. The position has been particularly high-profile recently; Lakey played a critical role in leading the state's response last year to the Ebola virus. 

He is also no stranger to the UT Health Science Center at Tyler. Lakey previously served as an associate professor of medicine there, as well as the chief of the institution's Division of Clinical Infectious Disease and the medical director of its Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control.

Reporter Alexa Ura contributed to this report. 

 

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