Dr. Mary Currier will step down after 34 years of service, 9 as the state’s chief health officer.
The Mississippi State Department of Health made the announcement Wednesday morning
Dr. Currier has served in the role of State Health Officer since January 2010, following her time as MSDH State Epidemiologist. Dr. Currier has also worked for MSDH as a staff physician for its prenatal, family planning, STD, and pediatrics programs and as an associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine.
“It has been a privilege to serve in this role for nearly nine years. I have great passion for public health, and I have worked with some of the best people not only in the state, but in the country,” said Dr. Currier. “However, I have three beautiful grandchildren and a wonderful family who need me now. It’s time to pass the baton. I know the field of public health in Mississippi is in great hands.”
Under Dr. Currier’s leadership, the MSDH has attained numerous accomplishments such as the opening of the state-of-the-art Dr. F.E. “Ed” Thompson State Public Health Laboratory, the organizational transition of the agency from nine public health districts to three regions, and most recently, achieving accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Dr. Currier has an impressive resume and extensive training.
She received her master’s degree and preventive medicine residency training in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Currier’s bachelor’s degree is from Rice University, and she also attended Trinity College in Dublin.
Currier is a member of the American Medical Association, the Mississippi Central Medical Society, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the American Public Health Association, and is Board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She received the Nathan Davis Award for outstanding government service from the American Medical Association in 2016.
Deputy State Health Officer and former State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs will serve as Interim State Health Officer following Dr. Currier’s retirement which is effective November 1.