North County Health Services announced the appointment of Dr. Marie Ann Russell, M.D., MPH, as chief medical officer.

Russell was most recently serving as the CMO and acting COO of Indian Health Service in the Phoenix area, NCHS said.

According to NCHS, Russell has twenty years of experience serving in clinical leadership roles with progressive responsibility and accountability, and recently retired from United States Public Health Services at the rank of captain.

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Russell join the NCHS team as our chief medical officer”, said NCHS CEO Michelle Gonzalez. “Her vast experience, deep understanding of community health needs, and passion to serve vulnerable populations will be a great addition to our NCHS family.”