Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH
Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo is the City of New Orleans Health Commissioner and serves as senior health policy advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In this role, she directs the Health Department, whose mission is to protect and promote the health of New Orleanians, and she also advises Mayor Landrieu on health policy matters. As commissioner, she has undertaken a major effort to transform and modernize the City Health Department into one more effective and capable of improving the public’s health. Dr. DeSalvo brought to the role more than 20 years of experience in medical practice, research, and policy aimed at improving access to quality, affordable community health care for all. She envisioned and led the effort to create the nationally recognized model of neighborhood-based medical homes for low income, uninsured and other vulnerable populations in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina. She led and represented the community effort to reform the health system in New Orleans, which was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. DeSalvo was also named a Woman of Excellence in Health Care by the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus.