D’Ette Lorio, MD, has been named the District Health Officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Coastal Plains Public Health District IX, which comprises Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.
A Jackson native, Dr. Lorio has been with the MSDH since September. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College and her medical doctorate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Upon completion of her residency in pediatrics at the Arkansas Children's Hospital, she began practicing pediatrics in Charleston, S.C., where her husband was in surgery residency. She moved her pediatrics private practice to Ocean Springs in 1997.
“As a long-time pediatrician, I’ve always had a deep interest in the community and its future, especially through immunizations and early intervention strategies,” said Dr. Lorio. “I look forward to stepping into a public health role that will keep me involved with the health of Mississippi parents and children.”
Dr. Lorio has also been active in numerous professional and civic organizations. She has had leadership roles in organizations such as the 4-H "Health Rocks!" Healthy Life Series and Girl Scouts Fitness and Healthy Foods Programs, as well as local school wellness committees promoting safety, health, immunizations and influenza vaccination programs.
“Dr. Lorio brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the public health arena. She will be a great addition to the Mississippi State Department of Health and the coastal area,” said MSDH State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “We are thrilled to welcome her aboard.”
Dr. Lorio replaces longtime District IX Health Officer Dr. Robert Travnicek, who retired in 2013. Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers has been serving as Acting District IX Health Officer since Travnicek’s retirement.
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