Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH

June 2021

Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH is the Public Health Officer of Public Health Services in the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by the completion of residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC. In 1989, she completed the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) Preventive Medicine Residency, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 1990 to 2001. She remains a UCSD volunteer Associate Clinical Professor and is an Adjunct Professor at SDSU/GSPH. She has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serves as the Public Health Officer since February 2007.

She has a strong interest in health disparities and health equity. Dr. Wooten is a past Board member and past president (2011-13), of the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO); current Board member and past President (2013-15), of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC); past member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015-2019); and past Board member (2009-2011), of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Dr. Wooten is a current Board member of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) of Directors (2011-present), and Chair of the PHAB Accreditation Committee.

She currently serves as Chair (2021) of the Big Cities Health Coalition.