Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Monica Bharel?

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, is a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Boston who served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 2015 until 2021.

What did Commissioner Bharel do for You?

“Commissioner Bharel’s steadfast work ethic and commitment to health equity has made a lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of residents of the Commonwealth,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.

Who is the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health?

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve residents of the Commonwealth as the state’s top physician and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health,’’ said Commissioner Monica Bharel.

What does Monica Bharel's appointment mean for the streets?

Wu has temporarily appointed former Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel to a senior cabinet level position to help oversee the area where hundreds of people are living on the streets in what the city has described as a "humanitarian crisis."

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