Commissioner of Health
Oxiris Barbot, M.D.
Oxiris Barbot, M.D., was appointed Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City on July 7, 2010. As Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, Dr. Barbot leads an agency of approximately 1,200 employees with a budget of approximately $138 million. The Health Department is responsible for numerous areas of health policy and programs including control of infectious diseases, school health, emergency preparedness, maternal-child health, restaurant inspections, animal control, and chronic disease prevention.
In the spring of 2011, she unveiled Healthy Baltimore 2015, a comprehensive health policy agenda that articulates 10 priority areas and indicators for action. This plan highlights areas where the largest impact can be made on reducing morbidity and mortality while improving quality of life for all Baltimoreans.
Dr. Barbot comes to the Health Department from the Office of School Health at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Education, having served as medical director there since 2003. During her tenure she implemented an electronic health record for the City’s 1.1 million public school students. In 2010, Dr. Barbot received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association.
Before working in New York, Dr. Barbot was the Chief of Pediatrics and Community Medicine at Unity Health Care, Inc. in Washington, D.C. There, she gained knowledge of the community health clinic model and experience serving vulnerable populations. Dr. Barbot received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her residency at George Washington University’s Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Barbot has published several articles in major academic journals within the health field and has presented on topics including H1N1 response, school health, and health coverage for Hispanic Americans.