Mississippi State Department of Health

Thomas E. Dobbs III, MD, MPH

State Health Officer


Dr. Dobbs has previously served at MSDH for many years in the roles of District Health Officer and State Epidemiologist. He holds a Doctorate of Medicine and a Master's in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Dobbs worked as an Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases physician in Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and is an Associate Professor at the UMMC School of Population Health. Dr. Dobbs became State Health Officer in 2018.

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