Ira Lee Myers, MD*
Dr. Ira Myers is a native Alabamian born in Madison County. The son of a Baptist minister, he is a graduate of Howard College and received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Alabama. Dr. Myers completed his residency in preventive medicine as an epidemiologist with Centers for Disease Control. A charter member of Epidemic Intelligence Service, Dr. Myers participated in numerous field studies from 1950-1955.
He achieved the rank of Senior Surgeon serving as Chief EIS Officer, Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. In 1963, Dr. Myers was elected State Health Officer where he served until 1986. His tenure established a record in this capacity, and at retirement he was the senior state health officer in the United States. As State Health Officer Dr. Myers served as chairman of eight boards, councils, or commissions. Dr. Myers has been active in retirement with many organizations including the American Cancer Society, prison ministry, and as the highly respected Chairman of the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.