Matt Charles joined the NorthShore team in September 2020 as the Assistant Vice President for Laboratory Services. In that role, he has administrative responsiblilty for the Laboratory Service Line which includes hospitals located in the Illinois cities of Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Highland Park, Glenbrook and Arlington Heights. Prior to Northshore, Matt worked in public health for over 20 years and served as the Laboratory Division Chief for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and oversaw labs located in Carbondale, Springfield and Chicago. While at IDPH, Matt was responsible for public health clinical and environmental infectious disease testing and newborn screening for the State of Illinois. Recent examples of work in Public Health include local, regional and national contribution on SARS-CoV-2 and vaping-associated lung illness case investigation and test method development.