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Gov. Holcomb Names Indiana's New Top Doc

Gov. Holcomb says Dr. Kristina Box will serve as the next State Health Commissioner, taking over the role vacated by Dr. Jerome Adams.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Governor Eric Holcomb has named a new State Health Commissioner.

Dr. Kristina Box, an OB-GYN, will serve as the state's new top doctor. Her predecessor, Dr. Jerome Adams, was recently called to serve as U.S. Surgeon General by President Trump.

"I can think of no one better suited than Dr. Box to lead our state’s health department at this critical time in Indiana history," Gov. Holcomb said. "She brings a wealth of deep knowledge and experience, and she is uniquely qualified to lead our state’s efforts to curb infant mortality rates and attack the opioid epidemic."

Dr. Box has specialized in women's health for more than 30 years at Community Health Network. She first began her career at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis in 1987 as a private practitioner in OB-GYN with Clearvista Women's Care. Since 2015, she has served as the Physician Lead for Community Health Network's Women's Service Line.

"Throughout my career I have focused on promoting the health of my individual patients and their unborn children," Dr. Box said. "Over the past two years, my work with substance abuse disorder in pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome has allowed me to expand my focus statewide. I look forward to working closely with our team at the State Department of Health to decrease infant mortality and on many other issues to promote a healthier and safer Indiana."

Dr. Box is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and received her medical doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Her first day with the Indiana State Department of Health will be October 16.

(PHOTO: COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK)

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