On May 4, 2020, the DOC welcomed Dr. Arlene G. Seid as the agency's chief of clinical services. Arlene Seid, M.D., MPH, FACPM, CMQ, FACMQ, received her medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Her residency was in Preventive Medicine in a joint program between San Diego State University and the University of California at San Diego, and she received her Masters of Public Health from San Diego State University. During her residency she worked for the San Diego County Health Department, in the Department of Community Epidemiology and was the chair of the Medical Committee of the Domestic Violence Council, for which work she received the Freedom award. Her thesis research project focused on evaluation of the effectiveness of domestic violence intervention programs. Since then she has worked in college health and in occupational medicine.
Dr. Seid most recently worked for the PA Department of Health (DOH) as the Medical Director for Quality Assurance. The Office of Quality Assurance is the state bureau that regulates of the state's health care facilities. She has been quite active in her local medical society, having been a representative for a number of years to House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and has also served as the president of the Cumberland County Medical Society. She has also been active in the American College of Preventative Medicine and the American College of Medical Quality and has been involved in American Association of Public Health Physicians, including serving as an alternate delegate to the AMA annual meeting. Additionally, she provided medical consultation and administrative input on policy issues directly to the Secretary of Health and Deputy Secretary of Quality Assurance.
Dr. Seid is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Quality.
She is most proud of her work in domestic violence in San Diego. During this time, she had the opportunity to work with the Chula Vista Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit, coordinated with the Automated Regional Justice Information System and chaired the San Diego Domestic Violence Council's Medical Committee. For this work, she was awarded the San Diego Domestic Violence Council's Award for Service to the Medical Community.
Dr. Seid is married to a professor of engineering at Messiah University. They have two children -- her daughter is studying graphic design at Rochester Institute of Technology, and her son is a senior in high school.
Due to COVID-19, she was assigned to the PA Emergency Management Agency Command Center working on pandemic-related issues. Please welcome her to the Department of Corrections.