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Dr. Letitia Dzirasa

Baltimore City Health Department

Before she was named Baltimore’s health commissioner in March 2019, Letitia Dzirasa worked at Fearless Solutions, a Baltimore-based digital services company that builds custom software solutions for local and federal government clients. In that role, she was responsible for managing the health care IT portfolio for the company.

Dzirasa earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In 2007, she earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating summa cum laude.

After earning her medical degree, Dzirasa was trained as a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She worked at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians as a general pediatrician before working at Baltimore Medical System as Medical Director of School Based Health.

As Baltimore’s health commissioner, Dzirasa coordinates and directs all of the activities related to the Baltimore City Health Department and the health of the city. She also works with the mayor’s cabinet to set city-wide health goals and priorities.

She is the first African-American woman to hold the position.

“As I’ve grown in my career, I’ve begun to understand just how blessed I was to be afforded the opportunity to attend college and pursue my dreams,” Dzirasa told UMBC News when she was named commissioner.

“As I was fortunate, it is my responsibility to reach back and help others, especially those most under-resourced.”