Secretary Aldona Zofia Wos
Governor Pat McCrory appointed Dr. Aldona Zofia Wos to serve as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), effective January 5, 2013. Dr. Wos was born in Warsaw, Poland. She earned her medical degree at the Warsaw Medical Academy, and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine in New York. Her experiences include time as a physician in private practice, corporate medicine, attending physician duties, clinical care, teaching and consulting for both hospitals and private industry.
Dr. Wos was licensed to practice medicine in New York and North Carolina. She has been a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the American College of Physicians, the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine and the North Carolina Medical Society.
Dr. Wos was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2004 to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. She concluded her tour as Ambassador on December 17, 2006. During her tenure, Ambassador Wos focused on winning the hearts and minds of the next generation of Estonian leaders, Russian integration, HIV/AIDS prevention, and the preservation of Estonian culture.
Dr. Wos is the daughter of Paul Zenon Wos, who is a survivor of Flossenburg Concentration Camp, former member of the Polish Home Army (AK) and recipient of “Righteous Among the Nations” medal from Yad Vashem, among other distinguished awards. As a child of a survivor, Dr. Wos is passionate about presenting and preserving full and accurate information about the Polish experience during World War II. Dr. Wos served two terms on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Dr. Wos has served on the UNC Board of Governors and on numerous boards of philanthropic and community organizations including the United Way of Greater Greensboro, Family Services of the Piedmont, Hospice Palliative Care of Greensboro, the National Conference of Community of Justice, Triad Stage Theatre and the Sterling South Bank & Trust Company.
Presently, Dr. Wos serves on the boards of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, The Institute of World Politics and the Council of American Ambassadors – all headquartered in Washington, DC.
In June 2006, the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. presented Dr. Wos with an honorary Doctorate of Laws.
In May 2009, Greensboro College presented Dr. Wos with an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities.
Dr. Wos, her husband Louis DeJoy and their twin children are residents of Greensboro, NC.