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Mary Kate Francis, M.D. - Assistant Medical Director

As Assistant Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Mary Kate Francis oversees medical issues with the goal of developing and implementing public health policies to improve the health of all Ohioans.  Her work places a strong focus on efforts to decrease Ohio’s infant mortality rate, improve maternal health outcomes and collaborate with health care providers.


Dr. Francis began her career in the public sector as a licensed social worker and spent many years working in the areas of child welfare and mental health. Dr. Francis has also experienced firsthand the unexpected stresses of motherhood through the premature birth of her two sons. Their neonatal intensive care unit stays and need for specialized services allows Dr. Francis a unique understanding of caring for a child with special needs and navigating the necessary resources to ensure their healthy development. Those experiences coupled with her work in child welfare and medicine drives her passion for promoting the access to healthcare and development of public health policies and programs to improve the health of all Ohioans.


Dr. Francis is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and concurrently maintains clinical competency through active practice in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Francis received her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University and her Doctor of Medicine from Northeast Ohio Universities of Medicine. Through her teaching as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine she brings education and awareness to future physicians about medical, public health, and social issues impacting the patient’s they encounter now and will encounter in the future.  She is a longtime resident of Ohio where she resides with her husband and two sons.


Last Updated: 11/21/2017