David Hicks

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This article is about the public health officer. For other uses, see David Hicks (disambiguation).

David Hicks (born c. 1978 in Willingboro, New Jersey) is the Deputy Health Officer for the Jefferson County Department of Health.

Hicks, the son of James and Marie Hicks, grew up in Willingboro, New Jersey, near Philadelphia. He cultivated an interest in science and medicine from a young age, inspired in part by his father, who worked at a healthcare facility, and by neurosurgeon Ben Carson's successful 1987 operation to separate conjoined twins.

Hicks enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh with a plan to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon. He detoured into a master's program at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health and discovered a passion for community healthcare and preventative medicine. He completed research programs in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Antigua, Guatemala in 2001 and 2004. He completed his medical training at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. He and his wife, LaToya, a Macon County native, met and began dating in college, and completed their residencies at ChristianaCare Health Systems Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware.

In 2012 David and LaToya were both offered jobs at Birmingham Healthcare and relocated to Alabama. He served as chief medical officer and as a site physician for Advanced Correctional Healthcare. He joined the Jefferson County Department of Health in 2014 and was promoted to Deputy Health Officer in 2016. Until 2020 he also worked for American Family Care on a pro re nata (as needed) basis.

Hicks chairs the STD Medical Advisory Council for the Alabama Department of Public Health and is a member of the foundation board for Red Mountain Park and the board of directors for Firehouse Shelter.

In July 2023 the Jefferson County Board of Health voted to appoint Hicks to succeed retiring county health officer Mark Wilson.

Preceded by:
Mark Wilson
Jefferson County Health Officer
October 1, 2023-
Succeeded by: