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Julie Morita, MD

Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Julie Morita, MD

Dr. Julie Morita is executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), where she oversees all programming, policy, research, and communications activities.

Before joining RWJF, Dr. Morita helped lead the Chicago Department of Public Health for nearly two decades, first as a medical director, then as chief medical officer. In 2015, she was appointed to the department’s top position, commissioner. In that role, she oversaw the public health needs of 2.7 million residents in the nation’s third largest city. She has served on many state, local, and national health committees, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the US.

Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Morita earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Illinois, and her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Morita began her medical career as a pediatrician in Tucson, AZ, before moving into public health as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the CDC.

Julie Morita, MD Presentations

  • March 24, 2020 at 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

    Panel Discussion: Women Leaders in Vaccinology

    During this inspiring session, women leaders working in various professional settings will discuss their career paths, successes, and lessons learned while addressing obstacles faced throughout their careers.

    Moderated by Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH (ACVR Vice Chair; NFID Director; Director, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine).

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