Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH

Public Health Officer, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego, California

Dr. Wilma Wooten has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as Deputy Health Officer and, since 2007, as the Public Health Officer. Trained in family medicine, public health, and preventive medicine, she has oversight for almost 500 employees and a budget of over $100M, serving a county of 3.1 million residents.

In addition to being a member of PHAB’s Board of Directors, Dr. Wooten is president of the Health Officers Association of California. She also serves on the Board of the California Conference of Local Health Officers, currently holding the role of immediate past president and co-chair of its Chronic Disease Committee. From 2009-2011, she served on the board of directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Dr. Wooten began her career in 1990 when she completed a Preventive Medicine Residency with an emphasis in sports medicine in the joint San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health/ University of California, San Diego, program. From 1990 to 2000, Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the University of California San Diego Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She remains a volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in the department and is an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University/Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Wooten is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she obtained a master’s degree in public health in 1981 and a medical degree in 1986. She completed her residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, D.C. in 1989.