Jerry Knirk


Jerry practiced as an orthopedic spine surgeon until arthritis in his thumbs stopped his surgical career. He then practiced as a non-operative spinal physician. In 2016 he embarked on a legislative career, serving in the NH House of Representatives, on the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee, for 6 years. In the House his work pivoted to public health, with a focus on healthcare issues and policy. He worked on health care reform and to improve health care access and protect public health, especially during the COVID pandemic.

He has served on numerous legislative committees and commissions. He currently serves as the chair of the Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board, charged with medical oversight of the New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program and recently finished serving as the chair of the New Hampshire State Health Assessment/ State Health Improvement Plan Advisory Council, aiding the development of our long-term plan for improving health outcomes in the state.

He and his wife sing with the Silver Lake Singers, a Choir for Hospice and Healing, and with the Sandwich Singers.