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Gov. Ricketts Appoints Chief Medical Officer

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Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970

Leah Bucco-White, DHHS, 402-471-9356


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts Appoints Chief Medical Officer


Gary J. Anthone, M.D., is Gov. Ricketts’ new appointee as Chief Medical

Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health at DHHS.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) CEO Dannette R. Smith announced the appointment of Gary J. Anthone, M.D., as the next Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health for the State of Nebraska.


“I am excited to have Dr. Anthone on our DHHS team,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “Dr. Anthone is a talented physician who brings extensive experience that will serve Nebraskans well as our Chief Medical Officer.  I look forward to the strides our Division of Public Health will make in becoming more people-centered and customer-focused under his leadership.”


Dr. Anthone comes to the Department from a private surgical practice in Omaha, where he was also a faculty member at the Department of Surgery at Creighton University.  Prior to that, he was Director of Bariatric Surgery at Methodist Hospital in Omaha and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Dr. Anthone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Benedictine College in Kansas.  He earned his Master of Science and his M.D. from Creighton University.  He is certified by the American Board of Surgery.


"Dr. Anthone’s compassion and expertise align with DHHS values.  I look forward to working with him as we focus on further integration between public health and human services as well as continued process improvements that create a more effective, efficient, and customer-focused state government,” said CEO Smith.   


“I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve Nebraskans.  I look forward to working with Governor Ricketts, CEO Smith, and the DHHS team on public health efforts that will help Nebraskans live better and healthier lives,” said Dr. Anthone.


Dr. Anthone’s start date is September 3, 2019.  His salary will be $250,000.