The Virginia Department of Health has appointed Stephen A. Haering, M.D., M.P.H., as the new Alexandria Health Director, effective August 1. Dr. Haering has served as the Health Director for the Lord Fairfax Health District (which includes Winchester, Virginia and the surrounding area) since 2008. Dr. Haering replaces Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz, who left the Alexandria Health District to take a position with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Haering, a board-certified specialist in preventive medicine and general public health, earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Duke University, his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
He completed his internship in Family Practice at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California, then worked for several private practices for 13 years, the most recent of which was in Palmetto, Florida, from 1996 to 2003. In 2003, Dr. Haering joined the Manatee County (Florida) Health Department as a senior physician. In addition to his clinical duties, he led the county’s tuberculosis program and implemented a number of innovative programs and practices in disease prevention and health promotion.
Between 1998 and 2005, Dr. Haering chaired numerous Mental Competency Examining Committees in Sarasota, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties, where he provided expert testimony to the courts and judges regarding the disposition of individuals in a variety of settings.
He completed a preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins between 2005 and 2007. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Haering was selected as Chief Resident for the Preventive Medicine Residency for 2007-2008 at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Haering has conducted primary research on food security in the city of Baltimore, and he was the primary author of a synthesis of the scientific literature on food security in U.S. urban centers.