Dr. Laura Herrera is a board certified family practitioner with
extensive experience in public health policy and management. She currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she assists with the implementation of health delivery reform, advises on approaches to monitor and improve care at Medicaid-participating managed care organizations, and leads efforts to develop standards and policies across the Department’s sixteen hospitals.
Dr. Herrera served as a medical officer in the United States Army Reserve and has been deployed domestically to care for active duty soldiers and briefly served overseas in Iraq in 2008.. After returning from Iraq, she served as the National Director of Women’s Health and then served as the Acting Deputy Chief Officer of Patient Care Services at the United States Veterans Health Administration where she conducted national policy deployment and review. She has also served in director positions at the Men’s Health Center in Baltimore and the Baltimore City Health Department, and has treated patients at the Moore Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Her past research interests includes women’s health and sexually transmitted diseases in the context of public health.
Dr. Herrera, a graduate of CUNY Baruch College, attended the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn for medical school and completed her internship and residency in family practice at the University of Maryland. She completed her Masters of Public Health in infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.