Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), will join the full-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as the new associate dean for public health practice and training, effective January 1, 2015. Dr. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty appointment in the department of health policy and management.
As secretary of DHMH, Dr. Sharfstein has led efforts to modernize Maryland’s all-payer system for hospital payment. He also serves as a member of the editorial board at the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Prior to joining the state, he was principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and, before that, Baltimore City’s commissioner of health. He began working on health and social policy matters as an advisor to longtime California Congressman Henry A. Waxman, where he was responsible for projects related to public health.
A Maryland native, Dr. Sharfstein is a graduate of Harvard College and Medical School and is trained in pediatrics. During his training, Dr. Sharfstein worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the World Health Organization. He was a contributing editor at Public Health Reports and serves on the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine. He continues to see pediatric outpatients.