Letitia T. Dzirasa, health innovation officer at the Baltimore-based software firm Fearless Solutions, will be Baltimore’s next health commissioner, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced today.
Effective March 11, Dzirasa will take charge of the department, which has had no permanent leadership since September when Leana Wen left to become executive director of Planned Parenthood of America.
Dzirasa, who trained at Meharry Medical College and did her residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was a general pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Odenton for three years before she moved into management.
She held various positions at Baltimore Medical System that provides health care and wraparound services to clients. Dzirasa served as medical director of quality and also directed the organization’s school-based healthcare program.
At Fearless Solutions, Dzirasa has led the company’s information technology practice, serving as business development team lead, and acted in other capacities.
Fearless has entered into contracts that include the Baltimore health department.
The company is working with the agency to create a “dashboard” and warning system that will analyze data in order to prevent or manage public health crises.
Other Recent Appointments
Dzirasa’s appointment is the latest cabinet-level vacancy to be filled by the administration recently.
Pugh’s selection of former New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison as police commissioner is awaiting review by the City Council next month.
Last month, the mayor named Chris Ryer to replace Tom Stosur as the director of planning.