[photo, Georges C. Benjamin, Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene] GEORGES C. BENJAMIN, M.D.
Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, 1999-2002
Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 1995-99

Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, May 3, 1999 to December 8, 2002. Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1995 to May 3, 1999. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1999-2002; Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 1999-2002; Governor's Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2002.

Member, Task Force to Conquer Cancer in Maryland, 1999; Governor's Task Force on Childproof Guns, 1999; Drought Emergency Coordinating Committee, 1999; Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, 1999; Governor's Year-2000 Readiness Task Force, 1999-2000; Task Force on Food Allergies and Restaurant Patrons, 1999-2001; Task Force on Regulatory Reform, 1999-2001; Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy, 1999-2002; Advisory Board on After-School Opportunity Programs, 1999-2002; Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 1999-2002; Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission, 1999-2002; Asbestos Oversight Committee, 1999-2002; State Child Fatality Review Team, 1999-2002; State Emergency Medical Services Board, 1999-2002; Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 1999-2002; State Commission on Infant Mortality Prevention, 1999-2002; State Information Technology Board, 1999-2002; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 1999-2002; Maryland Advisory Council for New Americans, 1999-2002; Interagency Nutrient Reduction Oversight Committee, 1999-2002; State Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness, 1999-2002; Maryland Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2002; Governor's Pesticide Council, 1999-2002; Safe Schools Interagency Steering Committee, 1999-2002; Women's Health Promotion Council, 1999-2002. Board of Trustees, Maryland Health Care Foundation, 1999-2002. Member, Community Access Steering Committee, 2000-01; Task Force on the Environmental Effects of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE), 2000-01; State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality, 2000-02. Chair, State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2000-02. Chair, Statewide Commission on the Crisis in Nursing, 2000-02. Member, Task Force on Indoor Air Quality, 2001-02; Drug and Alcohol Council, 2001-02; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2001-02; Governor's Commission to Study Poverty in Maryland, 2001-02; Commission on Responsible Fatherhood, 2001-02; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2002; Prince George's Hospital System Improvement Task Force, 2002; Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources, 2002; Maryland Security Council, 2002.

Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, 2008-. Board of Trustees, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 2011-15.

Chief, Acute Illness Clinic, Madigan Army Medical Center, 1981-83, Tacoma, Washington. Chief, Emergency Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1983-87. Chair, Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care, District of Columbia General Hospital, 1987-90.

Acting Health Commissioner, District of Columbia, 1990-91. Director, Emergency Ambulance Bureau, District of Columbia, 1990-91, 1994-95.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, September 28, 1952. Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S., 1973; College of Medicine, University of Illinois, M.D., 1978. Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1981. President, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), 2001-. Executive Director, American Public Health Association, 2002-. Board of Directors, Partnership for Prevention; Reagon-Udall Foundation; Research! America. Author, The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History (2012). Dehaven-Hinkson Award, National Medical Association, 1985. Distinguished Public Service Award, District of Columbia, 1991. Noble J. Swearingen Award, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 1998. Top Minority Executives in Health Care, Modern Healthcare Magazine, 2008, 2014.

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