Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH

On Jan. 13, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper appointed Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, to serve as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

DHHS is a cabinet-level agency with approximately 15,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion.

Cohen is an internal medicine physician and has experience leading complex health organizations. She was mostly recently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She brings a deep understanding of national health care and has been responsible for implementing policies for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Federal Marketplace.

Before serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at CMS, Secretary Cohen was the Principal Deputy Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at CMS where she oversaw the Health Insurance Marketplace and private insurance market regulation.

Prior to her role in CCIIO Dr. Cohen was the Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the CMS Innovation Center, where she worked with the Innovation Center’s many stakeholders to identify and test new payment and care delivery models.

Dr. Cohen graduated from Cornell University, received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Cohen is married to Sam Cohen, a health care regulatory lawyer, and has two daughters.