Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt is a board-certified family physician with over a decade of experience leading population health initiatives in governmental public health agencies. Dr. Nesbitt currently serves as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health in Washington, DC, a position she has held since January 2015 when appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. As a physician leader, Dr. Nesbitt mobilizes organizations and communities to implement innovative solutions that promote health and wellness, and achieve health equity. Throughout her career she has led multi-sector collaborations to address innovation in healthcare delivery and its impact on high cost, high need and other special populations; the integration of public health and health care; and the impact of medical marijuana and decriminalization of marijuana possession on the public’s health. Prior to her role in DC, Dr. Nesbitt served as the Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness where she led initiatives focused on Affordable Care Act implementation and violence prevention.
In addition to her role as Health Director, Dr. Nesbitt is a published author and served as an executive editor of Population Health: Management, Policy, and Technology. During her tenure in Kentucky, Dr. Nesbitt was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to a four-year term as a member of Kentucky’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and now serves in a similar capacity on the District of Columbia’s State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council. Dr. Nesbitt serves nationally as a member of the Commonwealth Fund Health Care Delivery System Reform Program National Advisory Group and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee to the Director where she serves as co-chair of the Public Health and Healthcare Collaboration Workgroup. She has previously held roles as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Health Industry Council and the National Children’s Study Central Region Community Engagement Advisory Committee.
Dr. Nesbitt received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a Master of Public Health in Health Care Management and Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed an internship in family medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University and completed the remainder of her family medicine residency in the University of Maryland’s Department of Family Medicine where she served as chief resident. Dr. Nesbitt completed her fellowship training with the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.