After completing an extensive nationwide search, Tito Izard, MD was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Milwaukee Health Services Inc. (MHSI) at the May 5, 2011 Board of Directors meeting. Following the sudden death of C.C. Henderson on August 27, 2010, Izard has served as the Interim President/CEO for the organization. Dr. Izard, a native of Milwaukee, has concurrently served as the Chief Medical Officer overseeing the health of more than 30,000 low-income residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
State Senator Spencer Coggs, Chair of the Board of Directors for Milwaukee Health Services Inc., expressed his enthusiasm regarding Dr. Izard’s appointment. “Dr. Izard has done a remarkable job managing the daily operations for our organization. He identifies with our mission at Milwaukee Health Services Inc. and he is best positioned to help us achieve our strategic goals for the future. He has demonstrated a long term commitment to serving the needs of our patients, staff and community,” said Senator Coggs.
In 2006, Dr. Izard joined Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Izard has over 12 years of experience as an educator, instructor, and director of medical practices which primarily focus on urban health issues. His model for recruitment and retention of providers dedicated to working with disparate populations has received recognition for his employment of more under-represented minority physicians and allied health practitioners then any other medical practice in the state of Wisconsin. In 2010, Dr. Izard was appointed to the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps, a program that helps communities find primary health care clinicians in exchange for making their education affordable.
In addition to his community health center activities, Dr. Izard has continued his commitment to teaching through his appointment with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as a Clinical Associate Professor. His areas of publication and research has focused on creating successful medical practices that serve underserved populations and applying evidence-based medicine while constrained by financial resources.
Dr. Izard’s passion and commitment to needy populations has been pursued throughout his career after receiving his Bachelors of Arts degree in social work from Marquette University. He then went on to pursue his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In 2001, Marquette University named him the Young Alumnus of the Year for his service and dedication to Milwaukee’s underserved communities. In 2006, Dr. Izard received the Forty Under 40 Award from The Business Journal. . In February he received the Milwaukee Times 2007 Black Excellence Award in health. And in December of 2008, according to the Milwaukee Magazine he joined with 35 Milwaukeeans as one of “The Next Generation who will lead the city into the future.”
Milwaukee Health Services Inc. is one of four federally qualified, community-based health organizations located in the city. The mission of the organization is to provide accessible, quality primary and related health care services to Milwaukee residents, with the continuing emphasis on medically-underserved families and individuals. MHSI operates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Health Center at 2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, the Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center at 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive and the Convenient Care Clinic located in the Midtown Piggly Wiggly at 4061 N. 54th Street.