Joan R. Griffith, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.A., was appointed chair, Department of Pediatrics, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA, July 2012. Dr. Griffith earned her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA and a fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO. She is board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Griffith received her masters of public health in health policy from Harvard University, Boston, MA, in 2007 and her masters of science in healthcare administration from Wilmington College, Wilmington, DE, in 1999.
Prior to retiring in 2002, Dr. (Colonel) Griffith spent 21 years in the US Air Force. While in the military, she held various positions including chief executive office for a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic in Del Rio, Texas, chief of the medical staff at a health maintenance organization at Dover Air Force Base, and chief of pediatrics at Kadena Air Base, Japan. She has published several scientific articles in peer review journals and authored numerous abstracts, book reviews and popular articles. She is a national speaker on topics such as adolescent suicide, adolescent development and health issues as well as childhood and adolescent obesity. She serves on the editorial committee for the World Journal of Pediatric. In 2006, Dr. Griffith was selected for The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and the Marquis “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.”