Dr. Oxiris Barbot

Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Baltimore's health commissioner (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun / September 20, 2011)

Dr. Oxiris Barbot has submitted her resignation as Baltimore's health commissioner to join New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, city officials said Wednesday.

Barbot, who has been the city's top health officer since 2010, will become New York's First Deputy Commissioner of Health when she leaves city government next month, officials said.

“It has been a thrilling experience, but the time has come for me to transition to my next endeavor and be closer to my family,” Barbot said in a statement. 

Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, the city's Deputy Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, will become Baltimore's interim health commissioner.

Barbot, who began her life in South Bronx projects and went on to attend Yale and train as a pediatrician, led an agency of about 1,200 employees with a budget of approximately $138 million in Baltimore. Her salary was $170,000.

Rawlings-Blake selected her to replace Joshua Sharfstein, who is now state health secretary.

The mayor thanked Barbot for her "dedicated service" to Baltimore.

“Her enthusiasm for health and wellness was infectious and she has left a rich legacy of progressive policies to move our city forward,” the mayor said.  

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