Lauren S. Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc

Lauren S. Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc

Dr. Hughes is a practicing family physician and Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation in the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In this role she creates and leads statewide strategies to improve health and health care delivery for all Pennsylvanians, with a focus on initiatives combatting the opioid and heroin epidemic and transforming rural health care delivery. As a Public Health Leader-in-Residence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, Dr. Hughes serves as a resource for Master in Public Health (MPH) students, providing mentorship on the translation of public health science to practice.

Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Hughes was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan, where she studied health services research. She holds degrees in zoology and Spanish from Iowa State University, an MPH in health policy from The George Washington University, a medical degree from the University of Iowa, and a MSc from the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Hughes served as the national president of the American Medical Student Association for one year prior to completing her residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has volunteered through AmeriCorps in a federally qualified health center, worked for Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, and studied medicine and health systems in Brazil, Sweden, Tanzania, and Botswana. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center, ABC News Medical Unit in New York City, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and The Commonwealth Fund. In 2015 she was named a regional finalist in the White House Fellows program, and in 2016 she received the Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association and the Early Career Achievement Award from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In 2018 Dr. Hughes was elected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Hughes enjoys traveling, photography, camping, quilting and seeing live theatre.  

Dr. Hughes serves the ABFM on the Research & Development Committee, the Engagement & Communication Committee, the Certification Committee, and the Strategy Implementation & Operations Committee as its Chair.