George Askew, MD


Division of Family and Child Health - Deputy Commissioner of Health
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Dr. George Askew is a pediatrician who has spent the majority of his professional career addressing the health and well-being of young children and their families. He joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in November 2014 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was the first Chief Medical Officer for the Administration for Children and Families. Dr. Askew previously served as the Deputy CEO and Chief Development Officer for Voices for America’s Children and as CEO and President of Jumpstart for Young Children. Additionally, he is the founder of Docs for Tots, a pediatrician-led child advocacy organization that helps doctors advocate beyond their clinical practices on behalf of our youngest children. With a longstanding history of innovative work in child and family advocacy and executive leadership, Dr. Askew now oversees the Health and Mental Hygiene Department’s Division of Family and Child Health which includes the Bureaus of Administration, Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, the Office of School Health, and the Bureau of Early Intervention.