BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- Dr. Letitia Dzirasa will be the new Health Commissioner for the Baltimore City Health Department, according to Mayor Catherine Pugh.
“We are fortunate to have attracted a candidate of Dr. Dzirasa’s caliber and broad experience to advance our agenda to improve the health prospects of all Baltimore residents,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “She will bring a commitment to reducing youth violence through evidence-based approaches, as well working to eliminate health disparities that persist, even while building on our progress to address the opioid epidemic and further improve access to critical care. We congratulate Dr. Dzirasa and assure her of our support as she takes up this vital role on behalf of Baltimore residents.”
Pugh announced the change on Wednesday afternoon and Dr. Dzirasa's new position will be effective on March 11th.
Dr. Dzirasa holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College.
She has held many leadership roles, especially as a resident physician at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, a Medical Director of Quality, a Medical Director of School-Based Health and various leadership positions at Baltimore Medical System.
“I’ve known I wanted to be a doctor since I was 5 years old,” Dr. Dzirasa said. “I’ve always wanted to help people, specifically those who are under-resourced and need the most support. So I chose a career path that allowed me to combine my love of science, health, and wellness with my calling to serve others.”