Department of Health

​The Department of Health works to promote and improve the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management, and community engagement.

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Laura Herrera Scott, M.D.


Dr. Laura Herrera Scott is a healthcare leader with expertise across decades in integrating value-based care philosophy with clinical and population health strategies. She is a visionary leader in the health space, spearheading the creation of progressive programs that optimize patient outcomes, improve the quality of care, and advance health equity. Most recently, Dr. Scott served as Executive Vice President of Population Health at Summit Health and as Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Product at Anthem. She also brings MDH experience, serving in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2011-2015 as Deputy Secretary of Public Health Services.

Dr. Scott is a Veteran of the United States Army Reserves, serving from 1998-2008 as a Major in the Medical Corps. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York. She lives in Towson, Maryland, with her husband and two children.​​