JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi’s next public health officer is Dr. Daniel P. Edney, who will replace Dr. Thomas Dobbs on Aug. 1.
Dobbs is stepping down from the position he has held since 2018 at the end of July.
Edney currently serves as deputy administrator of state health and has been with the department since February 2021. The Mississippi State Board of Health announced Edney’s promotion Wednesday.
“Following in the footsteps of Dr. Dobbs, I too hope to serve as a catalyst for change – especially with infant and maternal mortality, the battle against opioids plaguing the country at the moment, and moving the needle in the questions preventative health and health equity,” Edney said in a press release.
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Dobbs said Edney has been a huge asset since joining the health department, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Among his various contributions, Dr. Edney has worked with various organizations and partnerships to explain COVID and answer questions. He has also worked with providers to enroll them to administer the COVID vaccine, and he has answered questions from providers about the allergies and other complications related to the administration of the vaccine,” said Dobbs.
Edney is a past president of the Mississippi State Medical Association and currently serves on the board of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure. He was also a Fellow and Fellow of the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.