Health and HUman Services System The Connection

January 14, 2008

Dr. Adolfo Valadez Selected to Lead DSHS’ Prevention and Preparedness Services

Photo of Dr. Adolfo ValadezDr. Adolfo Valadez, who most recently was medical director and health authority for the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, has been selected the new assistant commissioner for Prevention and Preparedness Services at DSHS, effective Jan. 14.

In his new role, Valadez will support and advise DSHS Commissioner Dr. David Lakey and other state leaders on prevention and preparedness issues — in particular, on disease-related matters for which the state health authority is responsible. He also will oversee the department’s role in the state’s disaster preparedness and response efforts and its laboratory services.

“Dr. Valadez has the expertise and experience to serve our department well in this position,” Lakey said. “As a key member of the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department’s executive management team, he was responsible for strategic planning activities, public health program development and implementation, and a large number of public health and clinical activities.

“In addition, Dr. Valadez is familiar with disaster response, as he was intimately involved with the Austin shelter operations during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”
Before joining the City of Austin, Valadez worked in Boston as the medical director of the Adult Clinic at the Martha Eliot Health Center, owned by Boston Children’s Hospital. He also has served as an attending physician with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he completed his residency. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.