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Board of Health Members

In accordance with Public Health Law of Alabama the Jefferson County Department of Health is governed by a local County Board of Health, which is under the general supervision of the State Board of Health.

Jefferson County Board of Health is responsible for overseeing the enforcement of state health laws, the collection of health statistics, and the protection of health and environment in Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Board of Health is a six member board made up of five members from the Jefferson County Medical Society and the current president of the Jefferson County Commission. Each year one of the five appointed board members rotates out of office and the Jefferson County Medical Society appoints a new member to serve on the Board of Health for a five year term. Board of Health appointees serve as Chairman of the Board in their fourth year.

Hernando Carter, MD
Dr. Carter is a hospitalist in internal medicine at the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation. He grew up and graduated from Parker High School. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and then UAB School of Medicine. He did his residency training in Birmingham at Carraway Hospital and Baptist Medical Center. He is a founder of the Birmingham Kappa Leadership Development League which mentors young men and the Living and Learning Health Outreach Ministry which addresses health disparities and health literacy.
Jeffrey Dobyns, MD
Dr. Dobyns is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the UAB School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Dobyns completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Bowling Green State University. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his anesthesiology residency training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He has also completed a Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) and a Master of Science in Medical Quality and Patient Safety (MSHQS) at UAB. In 2015, he obtained Certification in Medical Quality from the American College of Medical Quality. Dr. Dobyns’ clinical interests include Quality and Safety and Perioperative Medicine, and using the perioperative period to reduce health and outcome disparities. Much of his current clinical practice is at UAB Medical West Hospital in Bessemer.
Iris Fancher, MD, FAAP
Dr. Fancher has devoted her entire career to public health and providing primary health care to underserved populations in Jefferson County. She retired as a Jefferson County Public Health Medical Officer with the Jefferson County Department of Health after 27 years of service in Pediatrics. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University, and her medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Internship and Residency at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Dr. Fancher is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She is a member of the Alabama Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, the Mineral District Medical Society and the Jefferson County Medical Society. Her clinical interests included asthma management, and she participated in the 2009-2014 American Academy of Pediatrics National Chapter Quality Improvement Network, Asthma Pilot Project Initiative. Additional interests include literacy and past participation as a clinical participant for the national Reach Out and Read Literacy Program.

In retirement, Dr. Fancher remains actively involved in the community and is active with the Birmingham Sister Cities Ghana Committee.
Kenny J. Murray, MD, MPH
Dr. Murray is a hospitalist at St. Vincent's East where he serves as Medical Director for TeamHealth Hospital Medicine and Medical Director for the Palliative Care program. He also serves as clinical faculty for the Brookwood Baptist Health System Internal Medicine Residency Program. He attended Birmingham-Southern College, completed his medical degree at UAB School of Medicine, and received his Master of Public Health from the UAB School of Public Health. His clinical interests include sepsis, quality/process improvement, and palliative care.
Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH
Dr. Stacy received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified in preventive medicine and public health. She is employed as Corporate Medical Director with a correctional health care company and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Her clinical work is centered on care of incarcerated individuals as well as addiction medicine. Her professional interests include utilization management and clinical informatics. With her training, experience and interests, she will be a great addition to our Board.
Commissioner Jimmie Stephens
Commissioner Stephens is President of the Jefferson County Commission. He grew up near Bessemer and graduated from Bessemer High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from Samford University. He has extensive experience in the grocery business. His past civic leadership experience includes serving on the Bessemer City Council, and multiple local governmental and community boards. He currently serves on the Birmingham Jefferson County Civic Center Authority Board and the Birmingham Business Alliance Board.
Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 588-5234

(205) 933-9110
Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
Programs and Clinics
(205) 588-5234
Hours of Operation:
All Centers are open 7:45am to 4:30pm. Phone lines for clinic appointments open at 7:00am Monday through Friday.

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