For immediate release:
June 12, 2015
Erin Montgomery
Christopher Garrett, DHMH

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Dr. Howard Haft’s Appointment as Deputy Secretary of Public Health
Chief Medical Officer at Health Partners in Waldorf Also Co-founded ConMed

BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Dr. Howard Haft to be the new deputy secretary of public health at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), which is led by Secretary Van Mitchell.

“As a leader in public health and health care innovation, Maryland needs the right team in place to help people across the state lead healthier, more productive lives,” said Governor Hogan. “I am confident that Dr. Haft will be an asset to Secretary Mitchell’s team.”

“DHMH welcomes Dr. Haft,” said Secretary Mitchell. “In addition to his considerable accomplishments in the medical field, Dr. Haft brings a strong entrepreneurial history that has informed those medical successes. He brings to our team significant experiences in innovative health care delivery and in improved health outcomes.”

Dr. Haft has 27 years of clinical experience in primary internal medicine and 10 years of hospital-based emergency medicine, clinical, and leadership experience. He also worked early in his career as a consultant in internal medicine for the State of California’s Department of Mental Health; at that time, his academic affiliation was with the University of California, Davis.

Among his numerous accomplishments: He co-founded ConMed Health Inc. in 1984 and served as its chief medical officer. ConMed is a Maryland-based provider of correctional health care services to county and municipal detention facilities in 15 states. He retired from ConMed in 2010. Dr. Haft also was founder, president, and medical director of Maryland HealthCare Associates, where he established a multi-specialty medical practice. He was founder and president of the Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare, which provided health care education to uninsured and under-insured Marylanders. Most recently, he served as chief medical officer at Health Partners, a Waldorf-based charitable clinic serving Charles County and surrounding areas.

Dr. Haft joins DHMH at a time when the department is playing a key role in the Hogan administration’s multi-layered effort to tackle Maryland’s heroin epidemic. DHMH gathers data on a number of factors that inform fatal overdoses tied to heroin and other opioids, and Secretary Mitchell leads the State’s Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council.

Dr. Haft succeeds Dr. Laura Herrera Scott, who has accepted a position at Johns Hopkins HealthCare as the new medical director for population health and community health programs. She will leave DHMH at the end of the month.