Promotion of Dr. Judy Platt to Chief Health Officer and Executive Director of Student Health Services
From Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
President Brown and I are pleased to announce that Dr. Judy Platt, whose exceptional leadership has been vital to BU’s success at containing, managing, and greatly reducing COVID infections within our community, has been promoted to Chief Health Officer and Executive Director of Student Health Services (SHS), effective immediately.
In this newly created role, Dr. Platt becomes BU’s senior staff member responsible for advising University leadership and overseeing issues related to health and disease management for all members of the University community. She will be a member of the University Leadership Group and Provost’s Cabinet and will report directly to the University Provost. Dr. Platt will continue her roles in managing Boston University’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including reporting to the President in her leadership of the Medical Advisory Group, the Healthway Group, and the Vaccine Preparedness Group. She also will develop and lead a new University Health Advisory Board that will advise the University Provost and the President on issues affecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Platt will represent the University regionally and nationally on public health issues related to higher education, partner with scholarly researchers to address public health responses on a university campus, and provide medical consultation as needed to the 15 healthcare service units across Boston University.
As Executive Director of SHS, Dr. Platt will continue to oversee the services the University provides students through its Primary Care, Behavioral Medicine, Sexual Assault Response & Surveillance, Wellness & Prevention, and Athletic Training Services departments. She will also partner with BU Risk Management to co-chair the Student Health Insurance Plan Committee and work to ensure that all state and federal guidelines are upheld and best practices are followed – particularly as they pertain to immunization and insurance compliance, complex laboratory standards, quality control, and record keeping within the medical departments.
Dr. Platt’s promotion reflects the outstanding contributions and critical guidance she has provided over the last 20 months, as BU devised a successful, multi-layered approach to testing, monitoring, promoting awareness, ensuring compliance, and ultimately protecting our campus from any major outbreaks. A member of the BU community since 2013, Dr. Platt first joined us as a staff physician in SHS from the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency, where she had previously served as director of maternity care and an assistant clinical professor. She was named interim director of SHS in September 2014 and received her permanent appointment the following July. In the time since, Dr. Platt and her leadership team have led major University-wide efforts to enhance the services we provide around behavioral health, sexual misconduct response and prevention, and federal and state equal opportunity compliance. As the head of the Medical Advisory Group, she has been among our leading voices in the pandemic response, helping the University develop the protocols and practices that ultimately became a national model over the last year-and-a-half. She has been a tremendous partner and collaborator over this time, continually on-call well beyond business hours and caring deeply about the health of our community and the quality of services we provide.
Dr. Platt completed her medical school training with special interests in women’s health and maternity care at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and later served as resident, chief resident, and clinical instructor in the family and community medicine department at Albany Medical College. We are hard-pressed to imagine a more qualified or empathetic leader to oversee the public health and safety of our community. We hope that you’ll join us in congratulating Dr. Platt on this well-earned promotion and in wishing her well in her new role.