Dr. Jessie Roma Taylor Appointed District Health Officer Over Calhoun

Dr. Jessie Roma Taylor, M.D., of Shannon, Miss., has been appointed District Health Officer for the Northeast and Tombigbee Public Health Districts.

The 21-county area includes Lafayette, Marshall, Benton, Tippah, Alcorn, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Union, Pontotoc, Lee, Itawamba, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Monroe, Webster, Clay, Choctaw, Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Winston and Noxubee counties. Dr. Taylor replaces Dr. Robert Trotter, who retired in June.

Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and served previously as a District Health Officer in some of the same counties for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) from 1972 to 1978. While previously working for MSDH, Dr. Taylor conducted maternity, family planning, STD and general medicine clinics in the Northeast pilot public health district in Tupelo.

Dr. Taylor just returned from a six-month sabbatical in New Zealand where she worked as a general practioner in socialized medicine.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Taylor back as one of our District Health Officers,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “She brings an extensive background in administration, clinical practice, public and private health, and medical mission experience to our agency. I am confident Dr. Taylor will have a great public health impact on the residents of Northeast Mississippi.”

Dr. Taylor spent several years working in Emergency Medicine, during which time she taught and directed advanced cardiac life support courses in the state, served on the State Emergency Cardiac Care Committee for the American Heart Association, and acted as interim director for the Northeast Mississippi EMS district. She founded and directed Med Serve, a family and occupational medicine clinic in Tupelo, and was a clinical instructor in Family Medicine for the University of Mississippi Medical School from 1993 to 2000.