Dr. Lilian Peake has served as the Director of Public Health at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) since December 2016. She provides strategic direction for public health, leading its 1,700 public health employees. She ensures the delivery of appropriate, timely and quality services at DHEC’s 77 public health service sites, located in every county in the state, and the performance of the central office bureaus of Community Health Services, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, Maternal and Child Health, Health Improvement and Equity, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Laboratory and Public Health Preparedness.
Prior to joining DHEC, Dr. Peake served as a public health leader at the Virginia Department of Health for 16 years. Her positions included Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Associate Commissioner and Director of the Office of Family Health Services and District Health Director.
Dr. Peake received a medical degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in Preventive Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia,Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Peake is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Services Policy & Management at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. She serves on the leadership team for the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina and is a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow. She is a State Health Leadership Institute Scholar and an alumna of the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute. She has published articles on topics ranging from laboratory-acquired vaccinia virus infection to undergraduates serving as partners in public health. Prior to pursuing a career in public health, Dr. Peake worked in marketing and communications.