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Dr. Paul Cieslak
Dr. Paul Cieslak
Dr. Paul Cieslak has overseen the Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention section in the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) since 1995.  He works frequently with environmental health professionals on foodborne illness and outbreaks.
 
Dr. Cieslak earned both his bachelor and medical degrees at The Ohio State University, finishing the latter in 1986. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis, with his research focused on amebiasis. From 1992–1994 he worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. While there, he investigated outbreaks of E. coli O157 infection, salmonellosis, shigellosis, cholera, and botulism; and he also researched the association between reptiles and infection with certain serotypes of Salmonella.
 
To learn something about public health at the state level, Dr. Cieslak came to Oregon as a CDC preventive medicine resident in 1994. Afterwards, he stayed on to direct the State Public Health Division’s communicable disease epidemiology section and Oregon’s Emerging Infections Program.  He has published articles on amebiasis, E. coli O157 infection, vancomycin use, Clostridium difficile infection, severe Group A strep infections, shigellosis, chickenpox, hepatitis C, and pertussis.
 
Dr. Cieslak holds adjunct clinical faculty positions with Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and with the Division of Infectious Diseases. He serves as the Medical Director for Oregon’s Immunization Program, and is a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
 
On weekends he does infectious disease consulting for Legacy System and Portland Adventist hospitals. In 1988, Dr. Cieslak married a gal from Enterprise, Oregon; they live in northeast Portland with their six children and are active members of St. Rose Parish.