State Hired Des Moines Hospital Administrator As State Medical Director

Des Moines, Iowa — State officials have hired a new state medical director.

Dr. Robert Kruse, the director of occupational health at MercyOne in Des Moines, will fill a role of state medical director that has been vacant for nine months. Dr. Caitlyn Pedati resigned as state epidemiologist and state medical director last October and she’s now a district director for Virginia’s Department of Public Health.

Dr. Kruse, Pedati’s replacement, earned a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa and two medical degrees from St. George’s University in the West Indies. Dr. Kruse was a professor in the medical school at Rutgers before taking a top administrative job at MercyOne in Des Moines.

The news release announcing Kruse had been hired as state medical director did not indicate when he’d start that new job.