Dr. Matt Willis
In December, 2012, Dr. Matt Willis assumed the role of Public Health Officer in Marin County, where he had served as an Internal Medicine Physician, and where he was raised. Dr. Willis earned several advanced degrees in public health and medicine including: • Internal Medicine Residency, Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School • Masters of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health • Doctorate of Medicine, Temple School of Medicine • BA, Medical Anthropology, Brown University Willis spent six years in the U.S. Public Health Service, serving in the Indian Health Service and the CDC. Operating on the principle that every person deserves the highest attainable standard of health, he worked to improve healthcare systems on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Willis then transferred to the CDC in Atlanta where he served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, conducting outbreak investigations in the U.S, Rwanda, India, Haiti and Kazakhstan. His public health training and experience as a primary care provider guide departmental focus toward the most important threats to health in Marin. Before entering college he spent four years racing on the U.S. National Cycling Team. He credits his passion for promoting wellness to lessons learned mainly outside of the classroom. Willis lives in Marin County with his wife and three children. Dr Matt Willis in the public Health Officer for Marin County, California, where prescription drug abuse and accidental drug overdoses have been identified as a public health priority. He is a primary care doctor and served as a public health researcher at the CDC. He helps lead a community-wide coalition called RxSafe Marin, which works with doctors, pharmacists, law enforcement, schools and communities to address the problem holistically. Helping people dispose safely of unused or unwanted medications is an important goal of the RxSafe Marin effort.