Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene
Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.
Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in January 2011. The Department includes Medicaid, public health, behavioral health, and services for the developmentally disabled, with an annual budget of approximately $10 billion.
In March 2009, President Obama
appointed Dr. Sharfstein to serve as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency’s second highest-ranking
position. He served as the Acting Commissioner from March 2009 through May 2009
and as Principal Deputy Commissioner through January 2011.
From December 2005 through March
2009, Dr. Sharfstein served as the Commissioner of Health for the City of
From July 2001 to December 2005, Dr.
Sharfstein served as minority professional staff of the Government Reform
Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Henry A. Waxman.
Dr. Sharfstein is a 1991 graduate of
Harvard College, a 1996 graduate of Harvard Medical School, a 1999 graduate of
the combined residency program in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and
Boston Medical Center, and a 2001 graduate of the fellowship in general
pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine.
In 2008, Dr. Sharfstein was named a
Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine.
Dr. Sharfstein now serves on the Health Information Technology Policy
Committee, an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal for the
American Medical Association.
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