Laura Herrera Scott, MD, MPH ’05
Laura Herrera Scott, MD, MPH ’05, is the deputy secretary for Public Health for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). She oversees a number of divisions, including Local Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion, Health Systems and Infrastructure, Vital Statistics and Laboratories Administrations, along with the Department’s offices of Preparedness and Response, and the Chief Medical Examiner.
Previously at DHMH, Dr. Scott was chief medical officer and worked with the secretary on the implementation of innovative health delivery reform structures in Maryland’s health care system. She advised the deputy secretary for Health Care Financing on policies and strategies to monitor and improve the quality of care, preventive services and health promotion activities at the Medicaid-participating managed care organizations.
Dr. Scott served as a medical officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and has been deployed domestically to care for active duty soldiers. She also spent a brief time in Iraq and returned to serve as the national director of Women’s Health, and then to acting deputy of Chief Patient Care Services in the Veterans Health Administration. In this position, she was the chief clinical operating officer for the Office of Patient Care Services, which is dedicated to ensuring excellence for veterans across the full continuum of care.