Nicole Alexander-Scott

A photo of Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott
Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Warren Alpert Medical School


“We have an amazing team of people that work extremely hard. We’re all supporting each other, lifting each other up, and pushing forward on this very important work.”

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott MPH’11, in a Providence Journal article published March 18

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, has received praise for her strong leadership during the state's COVID-19 crisis. An alumna of Brown’s School of Public Health and a member of the Hassenfeld Institute’s advisory council, she and Governor Gina Raimondo have kept the public informed through daily press briefings, providing reassurance during the uncertainty of the pandemic. In a Providence Journal article published on April 11, Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD, founding dean of Brown's School of Public Health, said Dr. Alexander-Scott "embodies the ideal of public health: highly intelligent, focused, compassionate, strategic and extremely effective."

Additional accolades for Dr. Alexander-Scott from Brown leadership:

"For weeks now Rhode Islanders have been tuning in to watch Dr. Alexander-Scott give the daily COVID-19 briefing alongside Governor Gina Raimondo. Dr. Alexander-Scott has done an outstanding job providing clear updates and steady guidance during what is an anxiety-provoking time. She inspires confidence in leadership, and I think is helping citizens of the state feel that while this situation is serious, we have an intelligent, compassionate Department of Health director making the right decisions. We couldn't be more proud to call her an alum and a faculty member at Brown." Dr. Jack Elias, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

"Dr. Alexander-Scott’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic has been exemplary. From the beginning, she and our governor have been out in front of the crisis and have worked tirelessly to keep Rhode Islanders safe with clear, reliable, and transparent guidance. She is a huge part of the reason the state has been lauded for its response, and she is a fabulous example of our alumni working on the front lines to advance well-being for all." Bess Marcus, PhD, Dean, School of Public Health, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

“State leadership during the COVID19 pandemic has been vital. Patients and caregivers could not have a better advocate than Dr. Alexander-Scott.” Dr. Erika Werner, Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Women & Infants Hospital; Executive Committee, Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute; Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School; Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Brown School of Public Health

Dr. Alexander-Scott has been the director of RIDOH since April 2015. Previously, she worked as a specialist in infectious diseases for children and adults at hospitals in Rhode Island affiliated with Brown University and at RIDOH. She also served as a consultant medical director for the Office of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the Department of Health.

Dr. Alexander-Scott is board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, pediatric infectious diseases, and adult infectious diseases. She obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from Brown University in 2011. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she attended Cornell University, majoring in human development and family studies, and subsequently graduated from medical school in 2001 from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse. After completing a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital in 2005, Dr. Alexander-Scott finished a four-year combined fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at Brown in 2009.