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September 2011

Dream Job

Joshua SharfsteinJoshua Sharfstein, MD is the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Appointed in January 2011 by Maryland Governor, Martin O?Malley, Sharfstein is responsible for overseeing the operations and functions of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2009, Sharfstein was named principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by President Barack Obama and served as acting commissioner from March to May 2009. Prior to his tenure at the FDA, Secretary Sharfstein spent 4 years as the commissioner of health for the City of Baltimore, Maryland where he led efforts to expand literacy, facilitate the transition of Medicare Part D, engage college students in public health, increase influenza vaccination among healthcare workers and expand access to addiction treatments.

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