Harford Names Dr. David Bishai as County Health Officer

Dr. David Bishai (Courtesy: https://twitter.com/dbishai)

Harford County has named Dr. David Bishai as the new County health officer, following the retirement of Dr. Russell Moy in September.

Dr. David Bishai has been appointed as Harford County’s new health officer following recommendations from the County Council and will officially begin his duties on January 1, 2021. Bishai hops to continue the success of Harford County’s Health Department, as it is “one of only a few accredited health departments in the nation,” as noted by the Baltimore Sun.

Bishai teaches public courses in public health and has been a professor at Johns Hopkins University for 24 years. He received his MD from University of California San Diego’s Medical School in 1987 and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California Los Angeles that same year. In 1996, he received a PhD from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

From The Baltimore Sun:

County Council President Patrick Vincenti said he was impressed with Bishai’s experience and background in public health. Originally the pool of applicants was winnowed down to six from over 80, Vincenti said. By law, the health officer or his or her deputy health officer, must be a physician, which Bishai is.

“We wanted a qualified doctor that we feel fits our needs and would work well with the dedicated team we have at the health department now under Ms. [Marcy] Austin’s lead,” Vincenti said. “We feel we have found that person.”

Austin, the county’s deputy health officer, has been the acting health officer since Moy retired Sept. 1.

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