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Director of Public Health

Lilian Peake, MD, MPH

Dr. Lilian Peake serves as Director of Public Health for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Dr. Lilian Peake has served as the Director of Public Health at DHEC since December 2016. She provides strategic direction for Public Health, leading 1,700 employees. She ensures the delivery of appropriate, timely and quality services at DHEC s 77 public health offices, 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. She served as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia School of Medicine s Department of Public Health Sciences and chaired the University of Virginia MPH Community Advisory Committee.

Dr. Peake is 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.

Dr. Peake received a medical degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her residency training in Preventive Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.