Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH Dean of the John D. Bower School of Population Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, assumed the role of Dean of the John D. Bower School of Population Health on August 1, 2022. In addition to his role as Dean, Dr. Dobbs teaches Epidemiology for the School of Population Health and the School of Health-Related Professions. He has a clinical position within the Division of Infectious Disease, working specifically in the fields of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections with a focus on the intersection of disease and the social determinants of health.Dr. Dobbs has a long career working at the crossroads of clinical medicine and public health as a physician, researcher and public health leader. He has held numerous leadership roles within the Mississippi State Department of Health including State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer (a role through which he directed the state's response to the COVID pandemic). In his role as State Health Officer, Dr. Dobbs focused the agency on addressing the numerous health inequities that plague our state. Additionally, he has worked in leadership roles nationally and internationally in the fight against diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis.
Outside of work, being a doctor seems to run in the family. He’s enjoying spending time these days with wife Dr. Kimberly Dobbs, a pulmonary and critical care physician at UMMC. She joined the staff in July, one month before his appointment. They are the parents of two children.