Health Commissioner


Matthew Sutter, MD, MBA, FACEP

Matthew Sutter, M.D., MBA, FACEP, is a physician with more than 25 years of healthcare, public safety and leadership experience in Northeast Indiana.

Dr. Sutter earned a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Purdue University in Fort Wayne in 1991, a medical degree from Indiana University in 1997 and a MBA from Indiana University in 2019. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Advocate Christ Hospital at the University of Illinois in Oak Lawn from 1997 to 2000 and also served as chief resident there from 1999 to 2000.

Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Sutter spent several years as a firefighter/emergency medical technician for the St. Joseph Township Fire Department and a paramedic for Three Rivers Ambulance Authority. He also served as medical director for TRAA from 2001 to 2002 and currently serves as medical director for Allen County Airport Emergency Medical Services and Aboite Township EMS, as well as medical director/tactical physician/special officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department Emergency Services Team.

Dr. Sutter’s leadership experience also spans decades, including time as medical staff leader at Lutheran Hospital from 2001 to 2017 and chief medical officer from 2016 to 2017. He is currently the director of medical affairs for Adams County Memorial Hospital and is an emergency physician with the American Physician Partners through Lutheran Health Network.

Current memberships include board member for the Indiana state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, TRAA EMS Foundation member, and cofounder of the Northeast Indiana Regional Protocols Group with Allen County EMS. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Fort Wayne Police Department 2013 and 2009, the Physician of the Year award from the Lutheran Hospital Emergency Department in 2006, Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society in 1997 and Outstanding Senior in Mathematics in 1991.


The Health Commissioner is the executive officer of the Allen County Department of Health. The position is appointed by the Executive Board of Health to a four-year term. Re-appointments occur every four years with the number of re-appointments unlimited.

The duties of Health Commissioner include:

  • Enforcing all applicable public health laws, ordinances and regulations relating to the position;
  • Serving as the Medical Director of the department’s clinics;
  • Providing public health guidance to the various divisions of the department, as well as consulting with various physicians and other health professionals and agencies;
  • Assessing and developing programs to provide and promote the maximum health protection for county residents;
  • Working with the Department Administrator to coordinate, direct and control the operation of all divisions in the department and to establish and implement short and long-range goals;
  • Serving as official spokesperson for the department for all public health-related issues and delegating public and media relations duties to other department personnel as needed;
  • Maintaining a working relationship with the Fort Wayne Medical Society, the Indiana State Department of Health and other government and regulating agencies; and
  • Performing related duties as assigned by the Executive Board of Health.