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Health Officer

The county Health Officer is responsible for the protection of the health of the citizens within Dearborn County and is the designated officer, under the laws of the State of Indiana, that governs the organization and operation of the local Health Department.  Enforces all applicable public health laws, ordinances and regulations relating to the position; providing public health guidance to the various divisions of the department.

Dr. Gary Scudder is Health Officer and Medical Director.


Dr. Gary Scudder was born and raised in Ohio County Indiana, and is a Rising Sun High School graduate. Following high school, he attended and graduated from Franklin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry before entering the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Upon receiving his Medical Degree, Dr. Scudder performed a rotating internship at Brooke General Hospital Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, followed by service with the First Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. Shortly after, he and his division were deployed to Vietnam where he served as a Battalion Surgeon.

After his return stateside, Dr. Scudder was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer for the Armed Forces Examining Station in Cincinnati. The following year in 1967, he entered into full time private practice at the Ludlow Hill Clinic in Lawrenceburg and became a member of the Dearborn County Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Scudder practiced medicine full time in Lawrenceburg at the Clinic until the late 1990s when he opened a second office in Rising Sun. Upon its opening in 1999, Dr. Scudder consolidated his two offices into one full time practice at the newly constructed Rising Sun Medical Center, where he also served as Medical Director.

During his 47 year career in Southeastern Indiana, Dr. Scudder held numerous DCH Medical Staff offices including twice as Chief of Staff. He currently serves as the Dearborn County Health Officer Administrator, a position he has held since 1995. Over the years, Dr. Scudder has worked as Medical Director for several area long-term care facilities and has been an active member of state professional organizations including serving as President of the Indiana Association of Public Health Physicians.

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Dr. Gary Scudder, Health Officer & Medical Director
(812) 537-8756


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