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Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement
Distinguished Professor of the Practice

Joshua Sharfstein, MD, works to develop and promote public health strategies, healthcare payment approaches, and regulatory policies that advance health and equity.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W1033D
Experiences & Accomplishments
Dr. Sharfstein is Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management. Previously, he served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, and as health policy advisor for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Honors & Awards
Advising, Mentoring, Teaching, Recognition Award, JHSPH

Circle of Commendation Award, Consumer Product Safety Commission

Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine

Alpha Omega Alpha, Boston University School of Medicine

Rose Seegal Award for Research, Community Service Award, Robert H. Ebert Prize in Primary Care, Harvard Medical School

Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award, American Public Health Association
Select Publications
I have written on a wide range of public health topics. Here are a few examples.
  • Wallace M, Sharfstein JM. The Patchwork U.S. Public Health System. N Engl J Med. 2022 Jan 6;386(1):1-4. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2104881. Epub 2022 Jan 1. PMID: 34979071.
  • Sharfstein JM, Thornton RLJ. US Healthcare Policy and Child Poverty. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Nov-Dec;21(8S):S88-S89. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2021.07.013. PMID: 34740432.
  • Sharfstein JM, Olsen Y. The Role of Evidence in the US Response to the Opioid Crisis. Epidemiol Rev. 2020 Jan 31;42(1):167-170. doi: 10.1093/epirev/mxaa004. PMID: 32975288.
  • Sharfstein JM, Morphew CC. The Urgency and Challenge of Opening K-12 Schools in the Fall of 2020. JAMA. 2020 Jul 14;324(2):133-134. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.10175. PMID: 32478827.
  • Sharfstein J and Sharfstein SS. Campaign contributions from the American Medical Political Action Committee to members of Congress: For or against the public health? New England Journal of Medicine.1994; 330: 32–37. Correction: 332:1450.
A Blueprint for Transforming Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Delaware