IU Grad, Accomplished Doctor Chosen As Next Indiana Health Commissioner

Posted On September 19, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Dr. Kristina Box will start as Indiana’s new state health commissioner on October 16, 2017. Photo provided.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – An OB-GYN will be Indiana’s next state heath commissioner.

Governor Eric Holcomb announced Monday that Dr. Kristina Box will start in her new role leading the Indiana State Department of Health on October 16. She is replacing Dr. Jerome Adams, who left the post to become President Donald Trump’s surgeon general this month.

“I can think of no one better suited than Dr. Box to lead our state’s health department at this critical time in Indiana history,” Holcomb said in the announcement. “She brings a wealth of deep knowledge and experience, and she is uniquely qualified to lead our state’s efforts to curb infant mortality rates and attack the opioid epidemic.”

Box has been an OB-GYN at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis since 1987. She has been the Physician Lead for Community Health Network’s Women’s Service Line since 2015, helping to build the first multi-disciplinary women’s center in the network. She also developed critical partnerships with area children’s hospitals to improve care and decrease health care costs, and led efforts to ensure low-income women receive the important free health screenings they need, according to the governor’s office.

Box has served on the State Task Force for Neonatal Abstinence, helping to identify mothers in need of addiction treatment earlier. She has also served with medical missions to Haiti and Bolivia for more than a decade.

“Throughout my career I have focused on promoting the health of my individual patients and their unborn children,” Dr. Box said. “Over the past two years, my work with substance abuse disorder in pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome has allowed me to expand my focus statewide. I look forward to working closely with our team at the State Department of Health to decrease infant mortality and on many other issues to promote a healthier and safer Indiana.”

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and her medical doctorate at IU School of Medicine.