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Agency Announcements


March 11, 2019


Indiana Department of Correction Announces Dr. Kristen Dauss as Chief Medical Officer


INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) and Commissioner Rob Carter are pleased to announce the appointment of Kristen Dauss to the position of Chief Medical Officer.


Dr. Dauss’ primary mission is to serve vulnerable Hoosiers by providing quality medical care to incarcerated individuals. Dr. Dauss’ experience includes working for the IDOC most recently as the Regional Psychiatry Director, while also providing direct patient care through the Division of Youth Services.


Dr. Dauss holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington and earned her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.. She completed a triple board residency in general pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child adolescent psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her experience allows Dr. Dauss the unique ability to examine systems of care and integrate physical and behavioral health needs to treat the whole person.


“I am thrilled to have Dr. Dauss continue her inspiring work as our Chief Medical Officer,” said Commissioner Rob Carter. “Her leadership in providing medical care to the whole person aligns with our agency’s vision to return productive citizens to Indiana communities by inspiring a culture of accountability, integrity and professionalism.


Dr. Dauss also served as a staff physician at Fairbanks in Indianapolis, Ind., treating the physical and mental health needs of persons with substance use disorder. She also taught students at Indiana University School of Medicine and Community Health Network, where she is a volunteer faculty member.


Dr. Dauss resides in Indianapolis with her husband and three children.