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NKY Health Department Names New Medical Director

Gerry Tolbert, MD, has joined the Northern Kentucky Health Department as Medical Director. 

In this role, Tolbert will work closely with Health Department staff and management to establish medical protocols, provide ongoing medical consultation and provide direct medical services to Health Department clients as needed.

“The Medical Director position requires a variety of skills, and Dr. Tolbert has just the right mix,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “He has a background in family medicine, with experience in outpatient and inpatient primary care, occupational medicine and obstetrics. On top of that, he has studied public health and plans to continue that work. I am honored to have him join our team, working with current staff to prevent disease, promote wellness and protect against health threats.” 

Dr. Tolbert began his career at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, SC. After a three-year residency in family medicine, Tolbert took a staff position with the hospital system.

A native of Northern Kentucky, Dr. Tolbert returned to the area in 2011, working in local urgent care centers and providing acute and chronic care to children and adults. More recently, Tolbert worked for a company that provides on-site primary and occupational health for employees of local businesses and governmental agencies.

Presently, Dr. Tolbert is employed by Christ Hospital practicing family medicine. He will continue in this role while working for the Health Department.

Tolbert earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgetown College and his medical degree from the University of Kentucky. He has completed coursework towards a master’s degree in public health, also at Kentucky.

He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has experience with electronic medical record programming/implementation. Tolbert is also involved in efforts to open a Federally Qualified Health Center in Pendleton County to improve access to care for low-income families.

Tolbert and his family live in Boone County.

- Staff report/Photo: Dr. Gerry Tolbert (provided)