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Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

  • Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement
  • Professor of the Practice

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W1033D
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



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MD, Harvard Medical School, 1996


Dr. Sharfstein is Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management. Previously, he served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, and as health policy advisor for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Honors and Awards


Advising, Mentoring, Teaching, Recognition Award, JHSPH


Circle of Commendation Award, Consumer Product Safety Commission


Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine


Alpha Omega Alpha, Boston University School of Medicine


Rose Seegal Award for Research, Community Service Award, Robert H. Ebert Prize in Primary Care, Harvard Medical School


Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award, American Public Health Association


Phi Beta Kappa, Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard College

I have written on a wide range of public health topics. Here are a few examples.

  • Sharfstein JM, Gerovich S, Chin D. Global Budgets for Safety-Net Hospitals. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2017 Nov 14;318(18):1759-1760.
  • Sharfstein JM. A New Year's Wish on Opioids. JAMA. 2018 Feb 13;319(6):537-538.
  • Olsen Y, Sharfstein J. Confronting the stigma of opioid use disorder—and its treatment. Journal of the American Medical Association 2014; 311: 1393-4.
  • Sharfstein JM. The FDA--a misunderstood agency. Journal of the American Medical Association 2011; 306:1250-1.
  • Sharfstein J and Sharfstein SS. Campaign contributions from the American Medical Political Action Committee to members of Congress: For or against the public health? New England Journal of Medicine.1994; 330: 32–37. Correction: 332:1450.
  • A Blueprint for Transforming Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Delaware