Dr. Sara Cody has served as the County Health Officer at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department since 2013. Immediately prior, she served as the Deputy Health Officer for over 15 years.
In her role as Health Officer, Dr. Cody’s duties include providing public health leadership for all of Santa Clara County, including leading the development of public health policy and programs, assessing and reporting on the health status of the community, and enforcing local health orders and ordinances.
As the Deputy Health Officer/Communicable Disease Controller at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Dr. Cody oversaw surveillance and investigation of 83 reportable diseases, conducted investigations of outbreaks, participated in planning for public health emergencies, infectious diseases, and bioterrorism, and responded to SARS, H1N1 and other public health emergencies.
Dr. Cody graduated from Stanford University, where she received a degree in Human Biology, and she received her Doctor of Medicine from Yale University School of Medicine. Following an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospital, Dr. Cody completed a two-year fellowship in Epidemiology and Public Health, as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While in that role, she investigated an international E. coli outbreak that was linked to unpasteurized apple juice and led an investigation of a salmonella outbreak centered in Santa Clara County that was traced to queso fresco made from raw milk. This experience in Santa Clara County lead her to join the Public Health Department in Santa Clara County after she finished her EIS training.