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Mitchell H. Katz, MD, joined the Department of Health Services as Director in January, 2011. He oversees a $3.5 Million annual budget, 21,000 employees, and a health care system of acute hospitals, multiservice specialty centers, community health clinics and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency that together serves the County's 10 Million residents.
Among his top priorities are to strengthen the DHS outpatient delivery network, foster stronger coordination with the Department's community clinic partners, reduce health disparities, and provide the high-quality, patient-centered care at the heart of his approach as a practicing physician and health policy leader.
Prior to joining DHS, Dr. Katz served as Director of Health and Health Officer for the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) from 1997 to 2010. There, one of his signature accomplishments was the creation of the ‘Healthy San Francisco’ initiative that established primary care medical homes for the city's vulnerable residents that improved health outcomes and reduced medical care costs. Earlier, he served as SFDPH Director of Community Health and Safety from 1996 to 1997 and Director of the AIDS Office from 1992-1997.
Dr. Katz received a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University and Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and is a practicing Internist.