County Executive Leopold Welcomes New Health Officer Edward Van Oeveren
Brings experience from military and public health perspectives
Annapolis (April 29, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today welcomed former Virginia Department of Health official Dr. Edward Van Oeveren as the new Anne Arundel County Health Officer.
Dr. Van Oeveren, who succeeds Fran Phillips, will start his new job tomorrow. He brings a wealth of experience, including a law degree, military training and a background of dealing with pandemic planning.
"Edward Van Oeveren brings an impressive resume and a commitment to sound planning," County Executive Leopold said. "The recent Swine Flu outbreak reminds us how important preparation and swift response are to public health emergencies. I also want to thank acting Health Officer Doug Hart for his efforts during the interim."
Dr. Van Oeveren, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has more than a decade of experience as a Preventive Medicine Officer as well as a District Director for the Virginia Department of Health. He has a master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, a medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from University of Virginia.
"I am looking forward to working with the extremely capable staff at the Anne Arundel County Health Department, who have benefitted from 15 years of leadership under Fran Phillips," Dr. Van Oeveren said. "My intention is to continue the proactive approach to public health the department has become known for."