[photo, Georges C. Benjamin, Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene] GEORGES C. BENJAMIN, M.D.
Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, 1999-2002

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, 1995-99.

Chief, Acute Illness Clinic, Madigan Army Medical Center, 1981-83; 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.

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. 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; 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-.

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. 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.

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