Baltimore, MD (October 25, 2012) – Dr. Meenakshi Garg, MD, MPH, has been named the new health officer for St. Mary’s County, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). She will start her new position December 17 and replaces Dr. William Icenhower who retired this past summer.

The health officer for each county is nominated by that county and appointed by Maryland’s health secretary to lead health services in their jurisdiction.

“We are very pleased that Dr Garg will be joining Maryland’s public health leadership team, ” said Frances B. Phillips, DHMH Deputy Secretary of Public Health. “Her background in health promotion and chronic disease prevention are an excellent fit for the health goals of St. Mary's County and the State."

Dr. Garg, who currently resides in Indianapolis and will move to Maryland, has served as medical director for the Health and Human Services Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health since 2009. She has also served as the state’s chronic disease director, overseeing a variety of statewide efforts to address some of Indiana’s most challenging public health concerns.

She is a public health-trained physician and board-certified in the clinical specialties of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Before joining the state department of health, Dr. Garg taught medical students, primary care residents, and sports medicine fellows as a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her research, presentation, and publication activities cover a variety of topics relevant to sports medicine, women’s health, evidence-based public health, and chronic disease prevention and control.

Dr. Garg earned a Bachelor of Science in biology, Master of Public Health, and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami in Florida. She has a strong interest in wellness and health promotion, and the role of primary health care providers in addressing population health issues.


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