As Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Mark Hurst advises the Director of Health on clinical and medical issues as the agency fulfills its mission to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans. Dr. Hurst is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Hurst joined ODH in 2019 and has more than 25 years of work experience with the State of Ohio.
Previously, Dr. Hurst worked at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) for more than 26 years, most recently holding the positions of director and medical director of the agency. While at OMHAS, he served as the clinical lead for the department, including the supervision and leadership of Ohio’s six regional psychiatric hospitals and all drug and alcohol recovery services in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Before his career with the state, he held leadership positions in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in the Veterans Affairs health system, at Harding Hospital and at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Hurst is a native of Zanesville and a graduate of both Muskingum College and the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his medical residency training at the University of Michigan and at The Ohio State University. He has been recognized by his peers as a "Best Doctor in America" on numerous occasions.