Talat Danish, MD, MPH, FAAP

​2017-2018 President

Dr. Danish is Medical Director for Utilization Management at Aetna Better Health of Michigan. She previously worked in public health for over a decade, first serving as Medical Director for the Wayne County Department of Public Health, and then as Medical Director for the Detroit Health Department. In both roles she streamlined communicable disease surveillance efforts and provided medical oversight to the clinical areas.  As part of her work at Wayne County she led the infant mortality reduction efforts.

In her public health role Dr. Danish was an active member of the Michigan Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Flu Advisory Board of Michigan. In addition, she served on two national public health committees, the International Health Workgroup of the National Association of City and County Health Officials and the Child Injury Prevention Taskforce of the American College of Preventive Medicine. 

Dr. Danish has been an active member of WCMSSM for several years, and served as Secretary in 2014 and 2015.  In her role as Secretary she found ways to increase membership and explored strategies that enhanced retention of members.  Additionally, she serves as Vice Chair of WCMSSM‘s Medical and Public Health Committee, which most recently has worked to highlight the issue of human trafficking. Dr. Danish is an elected member of the Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors. 

Dr. Danish holds an MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, where she completed a residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.  Prior to serving as a public health official, Dr. Danish worked as a pediatrician for several years.  She completed her residency in Pediatrics from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and obtained her MD from the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in India.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association.

President's Biography