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Tennessee Department of Health names Richard Steece Director of Laboratory Services


Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Richard S. Steece, PhD, D(ABMM) has been named director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Division of Laboratory Services. In this position, Steece will direct all TDH microbiology and environmental lab programs and services.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Steece to our team,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “His practical experiences at the regional, national and international levels will serve Tennesseans well.”

Steece comes to Tennessee with more than 30 years of experience in public health laboratories in Minnesota, New Mexico and South Dakota.

He has also worked internationally and provided support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute and U.S. Department of the Interior projects in Asia, the South Pacific, United States Territories and Europe.

Steece recently served as national chlamydia laboratory coordinator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assisted in developing the National Infertility Prevention Project. He is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Microbiology (ASM) and holds a PhD in biology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science in microbiology from South Dakota State University.

“After a long nationwide search to fill this critical position leading more than 150 laboratory professionals providing 1.5 million wide-ranging and complex tests every year, we are delighted to have Dr. Steece join us,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “We are also appreciative of the yeoman’s work and stewardship of acting director Jim Gibson over the past 18 months.”

“The TDH Division of Laboratory Services is well-known across the country for its excellent work and highly qualified laboratory staff,” Steece said. “I’m honored to be associated with such a respected program and look forward to the challenges ahead.”

About the Tennessee Department of Health

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.

For more information about TDH services and programs, visit .




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