State Health Officer to Retire in November


From MSDH – State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, who has led the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) since 2010,  announced on Wednesday that she will retire on November 1, 2018.

In her 34 years of government service, Dr. Currier has served MSDH as a staff physician for its prenatal, family planning, STD and pediatrics programs; as State Epidemiologist; and as an associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Medicine

“It has been a privilege to serve in this role for nearly nine years. I have great passion for public health, and I have worked with some of the best people not only in the state, but in the country,” said Dr. Currier. “However, I have three beautiful grandchildren and a wonderful family who need me now. It’s time to pass the baton. I know the field of public health in Mississippi is in great hands.”

Deputy State Health Officer and former State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs will serve as Interim State Health Officer once Dr. Currier retires.

Dr. Currier is a member of the American Medical Association, the Mississippi Central Medical Society, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the American Public Health Association, and is Board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She received the Nathan Davis Award for outstanding government service from the American Medical Association in 2016.

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