Cleveland City Hall

Mayor Justin M. Bibb Names MetroHealth’s David Margolius, MD, as Director of Public Health


Wednesday, June, 8, 2022 – Cleveland, OH – Mayor Justin M. Bibb is pleased to announce that Dr. David Margolius has been appointed as the City of Cleveland’s new Director of Public Health. 

Currently the division director of internal medicine at MetroHealth, Dr. Margolius brings a decade of experience to the role along with a deep understanding of the impact of Cleveland’s social determinants of health.

“We are pleased to welcome such an accomplished clinician and researcher to lead our public health work at this critical time when Cuyahoga County is once again seeing high transmission of COVID-19,” said Mayor Bibb. “In addition to his medical expertise, Dr. Margolius also has a strong record of leadership and community service, and he cares deeply about addressing health disparities in our communities.

An active educator, he is an associate professor in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and faculty co-lead for the Medical Director Leadership Institute at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care. 

Dr. Margolius has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of public health topics from COVID-19 response in underserved communities and the opioid crisis, to hypertension in low-income populations and best practices in primary care, preventative medicine and family medicine. 

He is also regularly sought out by both local and national media for his experience regarding the complexities of today’s public health environment and the myriad challenges facing physicians in primary care. 

Dr. Margolius holds an MD from Alpert Medical School at Brown University and a BA in biology from Brown. He completed his residency in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco where he spent his last year as Chief Resident of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety before returning to Cleveland and joining the MetroHealth System. He lives with his wife and two children in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.