Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dr. Thomas Dobbs is New State Health Officer

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following press release.


Today the Mississippi State Department of Health announces that Interim State Health Officer and former State Epidemiologist Thomas E. Dobbs, MD, MPH, has been appointed Mississippi’s new State Health Officer.

Former State Health Officer Mary Currier, MD, MPH, retired October 31, 2018, after almost nine years as State Health Officer. Dobbs’ appointment came during a regularly scheduled State Board of Health meeting.

Dr. Dobbs is a board certified Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine physician with extensive training in public health and epidemiology. Dr. Dobbs recently joined MSDH as the Deputy State Health Officer after two years working in Laurel as a practicing physician but also as Vice President for Quality and Chief Medical Officer of South Central Regional Medical Center. Prior to this he served four years as a District Health Officer in southern Mississippi and then four years as the State Epidemiologist with MSDH.

Dr. Dobbs is a graduate of Emory University and received his medical degree and his Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been active in public health research and advocacy, working globally through the Gorgas Tuberculosis Initiative in Russia and Cambodia, and in the U.S. through appointments at UMMC and the University of Florida (as regional clinical consultant with the Southeastern Regional TB Center). He has an appointment at the John D. Bower School of Population Health at UMMC, teaching Epidemiology and Health Policy.

“The Mississippi State Department of Health is privileged to have someone of Dr. Dobbs’ experience and caliber to lead our health department as we continue to face challenges and changes,” said Chair of the Mississippi State Board Health Ed D. “Tad” Barham, MD, FACR. “Dobbs’ knowledge of infectious diseases, his work both in the field and in the administrative arm, and his community involvement will all be a great asset to the department.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity to help address the health needs facing all Mississippians. Although we have many challenges, we have great people, institutions and resources in our state to meet those challenges,” said Dobbs. “The Mississippi State Department of Health has a long, proud history as a potent force of change and as an innovator. I am humbled to step into a role previous held by some of our nation’s public health leaders.”

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

KF, does this guy get a salary as State Health Officer and a separate contract/salary as a professor at UMMC? I don’t begrudge it, but wondered if that was a way for a physician to justify working in public health vs private practice.

Anonymous said...

One of the finest people you will ever meet. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping he'll be transparent and about what is good for Mississippi versus the bullshit artists looking to only protect their turf.

Just This Damned Simple.. said...

3:35....Bullshit artists don't begin the task of turf protection until well into the third year of the job. Let that be a lesson.

1) Scope out the territory, view the politics and learn the office.

2) Figure out who your adversaries are.

3) Decide how comfortable you are.

4) Protect your turf.

5) Cash in on PERS.

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