About CA-OSG

Historical Background

The role of California Surgeon General was created in 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom with the understanding that some of the most pernicious, but least addressed health challenges are the upstream factors that eventually become chronic and acute conditions that are far more difficult and expensive to treat. The position’s responsibilities include advising the Governor, serving as a leading spokesperson on matters of public health, and driving solutions to our most pressing public health challenges.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of all Californians. As California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris established early childhood, health equity, and ACEs and toxic stress as key priorities. The Office of the California Surgeon General has set the bold goal to reduce ACEs and toxic stress by half in one generation.

Our Leadership

Acting Surgeon General

Devika Bhushan, MD, FAAP

Dr. Devika Bhushan is an equity-focused pediatrician and public health practitioner with expertise in adversity and resilience, toxic stress, trauma-informed systems, mental health, gender equity, and structural and social determinants of health. She serves as California’s Acting Surgeon General—leading cross-sector efforts to protect the health and well-being of Californians in three key priority areas: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress, early childhood development, and health equity.

Dr. Bhushan is the inaugural Chief Health Officer of the Office of the California Surgeon General. In this role, she co-constructed its strategic vision and priorities and led its research and clinical implementation portfolios. She helped launch the ACEs Aware Initiative, a first-in-the-nation clinical effort focused on assessing for and treating risk of toxic stress associated with ACEs to truly transform health. In less than two years, the Initiative has trained more than 20,000 providers and screened more than half a million patients. Dr. Bhushan was also Editor-in-Chief and lead author of the first California Surgeon General’s report, entitled Roadmap for Resilience: The California Surgeon General’s Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Health, in addition to other key publications and advisories.

Dr. Bhushan earned a BA with research Honors in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, with distinctions of Summa Cum Laude as a John Kluge W. Scholar and an inductee into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned an MD at Harvard Medical School, Cum Laude. She completed a general pediatrics residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Bloomberg Children’s Center. Dr. Bhushan has served on Stanford’s faculty as a Clinical Instructor in the General Pediatrics division, where she taught pediatrics residents and medical students at a federally qualified health center. In addition to research expertise in adversity and resilience, mental and behavioral health, and gender equity, Dr. Bhushan also has significant journalism, editorial, and policy analysis experience.

In her spare time, Dr. Bhushan enjoys writing, travel, photography, and making pottery. Having grown up between the Philippines, India, and the United States, she is an immigrant and a first-generation American. She lives in San Francisco with her long-time partner and their son.

Chief of Staff

Matt Schueller

Matt Schueller has served as the Chief of Staff for the CA-OSG since February 2020. He has more than 17 years of experience working for the State of California. Previously, he held multiple roles at the California Health and Human Services Agency, Office of Systems Integration—including Chief Deputy Director and started his state service at the Employment Development Department.

Director of Communications

Julie Rooney

Julie Rooney has served as Director of Communications for the CA-OSG since March 2021. She has more than 20 years of communications experience with 10 of those years serving the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). She served as CDPH’s COVID-19 Communications Strategy Lead in the Office of Communications prior to joining the CA-OSG. She also managed communications for CDPH’s Center for Family Health and its Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Janne Olson-Morgan

Janne Olson-Morgan has been the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CA-OSG since March of 2020. She has more than 10 years of experience working for the State of California. Previously she served as an Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs for the California Health and Human Services Agency. She also served as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Organization of the Office

The Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) is comprised of a Chief of Staff, an administrative assistant to the California Surgeon General, and staff that support the research and clinical implementation, communications, and strategic partnerships functions of the office.

Research and Clinical Implementation

The research and clinical implementation team assesses, builds, and disseminates the evidence base for screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences, assessing for and treating toxic stress and associated health conditions, and allied cross-sector approaches to preventing and reducing toxic stress.

Strategic Partnerships

The strategic partnerships team supports the key priority areas of the office by identifying, building, and maintaining partnerships with both private and public entities. The team manages relationships with legislators, stakeholders inside and outside of government, and state organizations.

Communications

The communications team develops and executes communications strategies to support the goals and objectives of the CA-OSG and serves as the central source for information to stakeholders, the public and the media.