SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH
Public Health Officer
San Diego County Public Health
Dr. Wooten is board-certified in Family Medicine and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC. In 1989, she completed Preventive Medicine Residency with emphasis in Sports Medicine in the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) program. After this one year training, Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 1990 to 2001. She remains a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in the department and is an Adjunct Professor at SDSU/GSPH.
Dr. Wooten has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serving as the Public Health Officer since February 2007. In her current role, she has oversight for almost 500 employees and a budget of approximately $100M, serving a county of 3.1 million residents.
Dr. Wooten is a Board member for the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO), currently serving a two-year term as President, and the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC). She is also a past Board member (2009-2011) of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Wooten began her three year term on the PHAB Board of Directors in 2012.