Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed Dr. Joseph Acierno of Omaha as the new Chief Medical Officer.
Acierno, 51, succeeds Dr. Joann Schaefer, who resigned to accept a position as Vice President, Medical Care and Management with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.
Acierno also assumes the duties of Director for the Division of Public Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Acierno has been the Deputy Chief Medical Officer. He will become Chief Medical Officer March 8th.
“I am pleased Dr. Acierno will be Nebraska’s new Chief Medical Officer,” Heineman said in a written statement released by his office. “His experience as deputy chief medical officer, a doctor and attorney make him uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity. I am confident that his knowledge of medicine, public health issues and medical-legal matters will serve Nebraska’s citizens in a positive way.”
Dr. Acierno chairs the Child Death Review Team. His salary will be $146,000. Acierno is married with two children. He is a graduate of Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Medicine and Juris Doctor degrees.