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Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer Takes Oath of Office

News Release:

    Raleigh, N.C.     Rick Brajer took the oath of office as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services today. Brajer succeeds Aldona Wos, MD, who has served as secretary since January 2013.

    "Rick Brajer comes to DHHS with years of experience in healthcare and business," Governor McCrory said. "His unique skill-set makes him an asset to the department and to the state of North Carolina, and we are fortunate for his leadership."

    Brajer comes to DHHS after decades of serving in leadership roles in the healthcare and medical industry. Most recently, Brajer served as CEO and Director of ProNerve, Inc, an intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IOM) company providing services to health systems, acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, surgeons, and physician groups in the United States. From 2003 to 2013, he served as the President, CEO and Director of LipoScience, Inc, a medical device company. Prior to that, Brajer held various leadership roles including president of BD Diagnostics and president of BD Preanalytical Systems.

    Brajer earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and his MBS from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He and his wife have three sons. An avid long distance runner since high school, Brajer has been active in the community as chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, member of the Ravenscroft Board of Trustees, and board of directors of Communities in Schools of Wake County.

    Brajer will begin his role as secretary on August 17.

    Contact: Crystal Feldman

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