Garcia Named DOH Director

WI Web Staff | 7/19/2013, 10:33 a.m.
Mayor Vincent Gray has named Dr. Joxel Garcia director of the D.C. Department of Health (DOH).

Mayor Vincent Gray has named Dr. Joxel Garcia director of the D.C. Department of Health (DOH).

Garcia, who currently serves as a founding partner of health-care consulting firms, Faunus Global and Aegis Health Security, begins his work at DOH on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Garcia has extensive experience in multiple aspects of our health system, including service at the state, federal and international levels,” Gray said in a statement. “In addition, his familiarity with our city and our region, and his extensive résumé working in multicultural settings means he will be a natural fit to help move the District’s public-health efforts forward.”

Garcia, a native of Puerto Rico, earned his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in 1988 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

In 2009, Garcia was appointed president and Dean of Medicine at the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Garcia served as assistant Secretary of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. He has also served as a U.S. representative to the World Health Organization (WHO), deputy director of WHO’s Pan American Health Organization, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and an obstetrician in hospitals and clinics in Connecticut.

“I’m delighted to have someone with his extensive background and knowledge join our team and ensure continuity as we move forward on important health initiatives,” said Beatriz “B.B.” Otero, the District’s deputy mayor for Health and Human Services.

Garcia replaces Dr. Saul Levin, who has been heading the agency on an interim basis after its former director, Dr. Mohammed Akhter, took a leave of absence to serve on the Executive Board of the District’s new Health Benefit Exchange Authority.