Massachusetts Medical Society: Biography: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

Biography: Monica Bharel, MD, MPH

Dr. Monica BharelDr. Bharel became Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in February of 2015. As commissioner, she is responsible for spearheading the state's response to the opioid crisis, as well as leading the department’s implementation of health care cost containment legislation, Chapter 224, reducing health disparities, finding public health solutions for health care reform, finding innovative solutions using data and evidence-based practices, and other health care quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Bharel comes to DPH widely recognized for her dedication to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations. She previously served as the chief medical officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Dr. Bharel has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Boston University Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health. She was previously at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She has practiced general internal medicine for 20 years in neighborhood health centers, city hospitals, the Veterans Administration, university hospitals and nonprofit organizations.

She received her Master of Public Health degree through the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center.

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