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Friday, February 16, 2007

Brigham doctor named to Boston health board

By Stephen Smith, Globe staff

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today appointed a specialist in women's medical issues and healthcare disparities to the city's health board.

Dr. Paula A. Johnson, chief of the women's health division at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will replace Dr. JudyAnn Bigby on the board of the Boston Public Health Commission. Bigby, who also was a top physician at the Brigham, is the new health secretary in the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.

Dr. Paula A. Johnson

The commission board approves major public health initiatives in the city, voting in the past, for example, to ban smoking in restaurants and bars. Boston has the nation's oldest public health agency.

Johnson is a participant in Menino's ongoing Disparities Project, which aims to bridge persistent gaps in health status that exist between racial and ethnic groups in the city. Menino has said that healthcare disparities are the city's most pressing medical issue.

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