Damon T. Arnold , MD., MPH., CMT (Ret.)
Dr. Damon T. Arnold is the Assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences at Chicago
State University (CSU). Dr. Arnold served as the 16th Director of Public Health from
October 1, 2006 - August 31st, 2011 for the State of Illinois where he operated an
agency of 1123 employees with an annual budget of over 600 million dollars. The agency
was responsible for the public health concerns of the approximately 12.5 million residents
within, and millions of annual travelers to, the State of Illinois. During his four
years in this position, he brought millions of dollars to the State of Illinois and
was very active on the local, state, and federal levels.
For 26 years, Dr. Arnold served in the Army National Guard as the Commander of the
Joint Medical Command and State Surgeon General for years. He completed 17 over-seas
missions to include locations in Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, the
Middle East, and Asia. He was awarded the highly coveted Military Legion of Merit
Medal from President Barack Obama for his achievements. Dr. Arnold was also awarded
three Army Commendation Medals for his war-time deployments to Iraq and Kuwait where
he served as the Officer in Charge of battlefield medical operations. During these
deployments, he functioned as a mechanized infantry Combat Medic as well as a qualified
Flight Surgeon on over 80 field operations. In addition, he received two National
Defense Service Medals as well as awards upon the battle field.
Dr. Arnold obtained his undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington,
D.C. and both his M.D. and M.P.H. Degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago,
Illinois. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital,
followed by a Residency in Occupational Medicine. In addition, he has completed formal
training in Holistic Medicine for therapeutic massage therapy and acupuncture.
Dr. Arnold presently serves as a member of the Harvard University L.A.M.P.S. Committee,
Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., Association of State and Territorial Health
Officials, and several federal-based organizations. He has published many articles
and contributed to books over the years.