Tuolumne to Appoint New Health Director

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors has set its sights on a 40-year veteran of the public health industry for the county’s health officer position. Dr. Robert Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Ph.D. is expected to be appointed to the job Tuesday at an annual salary of around $205,000. He would take over on April 2, replacing former Health Officer Dr. Liza Ortiz who resigned last year for personal reasons.

“Most of my 40 years of work has been in low- and middle-income countries” outside of the U.S., said Bernstein. “I’m hoping I can bring some of that diversity of experience to improve the overall health situation in Tuolumne County.”

Dr. Bernstein has worked in Indonesia, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, and previously served as chief of the infectious disease prevention and monitoring unit for Florida. He is a California licensed physician and surgeon, but currently resides in Decatur, Georgia. He is also a member of the American Public Health Association, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, and the American Evaluation Association.

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