Preeti N. Malani

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Preeti N. Malani
Michigan, USA
RelativesAnu Malani
Academic background
EducationBA, 1990, M.S, 2007, University of Michigan
M.S.J., 1991, Medill School of Journalism
MD, 1995, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan

Preeti N. Malani is the Chief Health Officer in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Michigan and an associate editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)[1]. Her research focus is on infectious disease control and prevention in older adults.

Early life and education[edit]

Malani was born and raised in Michigan with her brother Anu Malani.[2][3] After her ninth-grade Algebra teacher refused to let her double up on math, she chose a journalism course to fill her timetable. Malani became increasingly more interested in journalism throughout her four years of high school and became the editor of the high school paper.[2]

Following graduation, Malani enrolled at the University of Michigan where she designed an independent course called medical journalism. She once again served as an editor for the school paper and applied to Medill School of Journalism after failing to earn enough credits for medical school. During the summer before she started journalism school, Malani earned an internship with the Dayton Daily News where she discovered she would rather pursue medicine than journalism.[2] After completing her Master of Science in Journalism, Malani enrolled at Wayne State University School of Medicine for her Medical Degree and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Michigan.[4]


Upon receiving her medical degree, Malani became a lecturer in Michigan Medicine's internal medicine unit.[5] She was eventually promoted to associate professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Geriatric Medicine in 2009[6] and appointed assistant deputy editor of the peer-reviewed medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2010.[7] Following her appointment, Malani worked alongside Michael Heung, Jonathan Segal, and Therese Adamowski in the Divisions of Nephrology and Geriatric Medicine to co-author a study detailing the safety approach for preventing falls among hemodialysis patients. Their recommendations of installing lift devices and in-ground scales dropped falling by 70 percent and only three falls were reported in a 21-month follow-up period.[8]

By 2014, Malani was promoted from Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine to Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine.[9] A few years later, she was appointed the Chief Health Officer in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Geriatric Medicine as a replacement for Robert Winfield.[10] In this role, she launched a national poll on healthy aging based at the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation focusing on health-related issues facing older Americans.[11] One of the polls collecyed data on prescription drug use for people between the ages of 50 and 80.[12]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Malani co-published COVID-19—New Insights on a Rapidly Changing Epidemic[13] and released guidelines for students returning to school.[14]

In February of 2020, Malani co-authored an article for JAMA containing important updates on the clinical features of COVID-19 for medical professionals to use in their evaluations of patients.[15]


  1. ^ "Preeti Malani | Office of the President". Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  2. ^ a b c "Preeti Malani talks about her career in journalism, medicine, and . . . journalism". Chicago Manual. October 13, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  3. ^ @PreetiNMalani (March 19, 2020). "Lucky to have an amazing brother. Our sibling bond further strengthen in recent weeks given our shared work in infectious diseases. Happy Birthday Anu & thank you for everything you do to keep everyone safe. We will celebrate once #COVID19 is behind us" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "PREETI MALANI". Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "September Meeting, 2003". 2003. p. 65. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Announcement". Clinical Infectious Diseases. 51 (12). December 15, 2010. doi:10.1086/657952. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "U-M Health System earns safety award for fall prevention among dialysis patients". February 16, 2011. Archived from the original on May 1, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  10. ^ Slagter, Martin (May 22, 2017). "University of Michigan appoints new chief health officer". Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "New National Poll on Healthy Aging". April 20, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  12. ^ "As America ages, new national poll will track key health issues for those over 50". June 19, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  13. ^ del Rio, Carlos; Malani, Preeti N. (February 28, 2020). "COVID-19—New Insights on a Rapidly Changing Epidemic". JAMA. 323 (14): 1339–1340. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3072. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Malani, Preeti N. (August 13, 2020). "Managing Pandemic Health Risks on College Campuses". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  15. ^ del Rio, Carlos; Malani, Preeti N. (2020-03-17). "2019 Novel Coronavirus—Important Information for Clinicians". JAMA. 323 (11): 1039. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1490. ISSN 0098-7484.