Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday appointed Morgan McDonald, a physician and current Tennessee Department of Health deputy commissioner, to serve as that department’s interim commissioner starting Friday.
McDonald, who most recently oversaw the department’s population health division, replaces Dr. Lisa Piercey, who stepped down at the end of last month. McDonald has also served as an assistant commissioner and the department’s deputy medical director for Family, Health and Wellness.
“I am confident she will serve Tennesseans with integrity,” Lee said in a news release.
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According to Gov. Lee’s office, McDonald earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Vanderbilt University and completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
McDonald will serve until a permanent commissioner is named, the governor’s office reported.
Frank Gluck is the health care reporter for The Tennessean. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FrankGluck.