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About the Secretary

Daniel Rusyniak, M.D.

Daniel Rusyniak, M.D., was appointed as secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, effective August 1, 2021. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Rusyniak served as FSSA’s chief medical officer. He is also continuing his work as a professor of emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rusyniak graduated from Villanova University and earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University. He completed an emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Rusyniak served several roles at the IU School of Medicine including vice-chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine, medical director of the Indiana Poison Control Center, division chief of Medical Toxicology, and a term as faculty president. In addition, Dr. Rusyniak was a National Institutes of Health-funded researcher studying the medical impact of substance use disorders. He has had over 100 publications, a podcast and a blog and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of toxicology.

As the FSSA chief medical officer, Dr. Rusyniak was one of the leaders during the statewide COVID-19 response serving as the point person for long-term care facilities. He was the executive sponsor for the state’s efforts to reform Indiana’s long-term services and supports system and was the project director for the state’s Pregnancy Promise Program – a program funded by a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant to improve health outcomes in pregnant women with opioid use disorder.

He is married to his wife Janet and together they have three kids and two dogs. Along with spending time with family he loves hiking, flyfishing and making pizza.

Contact information for his office:
Phone number: 317-233-4454
Email: AskTheSecretary@fssa.in.gov