Local physician assumes county health officer position
- on July 11, 2012
Dr. Thomas Marcellino is the Health Department’s new health officer/medical consultant. He assumed the role at the end of June from Dr. Lori Nichols, who served in the position since January 2008.
Marcellino, board certified in family practice, is with Mount Oread Family Practice and received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in 2005. He interned at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. from 2005-2006 and completed his residency at Via Christi Family Medicine in 2006-2008 and at the University of Arizona in 2008.
He is very interested in public health and its emphasis on prevention, “especially in trying to prevent disease before medications and expensive treatments are required,” said Marcellino, a McPherson native.
The Health Department’s health officer/medical consultant is a part-time position held by a local physician whose duties include overseeing the investigation and prevention of communicable diseases and conditions damaging to health. The doctor also makes necessary recommendations and referrals for treatment, approves medical protocols and serves as a resource for Health Department staff.