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County of Santa Clara Appoints Dr. Sara Cody as County Health Officer

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith has appointed Dr. Sara Cody as the County Health Officer. The appointment was announced and ratified by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors at this week’s Board meeting.  Since September, Dr. Cody has served as Interim Health Officer immediately following Dr. Marty Fenstersheib’s retirement. She brings more than 15 years of experience working as a Deputy Health Officer at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
“Dr. Cody brings extensive knowledge in communicable disease and 15 years of experience as Deputy Health Officer,” said County Executive Jeff Smith. “Her appointment will provide a seamless transition for the Public Health Department, and the community will benefit from her leadership.”
In her role as Health Officer, Dr. Cody’s duties will 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.
Since 1998, Dr. Cody has worked as a Deputy Health Officer/Communicable Disease Controller at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, where she 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.
“I would like to thank the County Executive and the Board of Supervisors for entrusting me with the role of County Health Officer,” said Dr. Sara Cody.  “I am looking forward to serving the people of Santa Clara County, and working to keep them safe and healthy.”
Dr. Cody’s appointment as Health Officer is effective Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119;
Amy Cornell, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, (408) 792-5155
Posted: October 11, 2013  
Last updated: 6/2/2020 12:15 PM