Shannon Dowler

Shannon Dowler, MD, FAAFP, CPE, is immediate past Chief Medical Officer for North Carolina Medicaid and Assistant Secretary for Health Access within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led efforts across DHHS to rapidly modernize and evaluate telehealth and incorporate changes into permanent policy, establishing primary care infrastructure payments and drive health equity with a focus on increasing COVID testing and vaccinations across rural and historically marginalized populations. Currently, she spends her clinical time in the Mecklenburg County Health Department STI Clinic and is an STI subject matter expert consultant for the National Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis Syndemic Federal Task Force, as well as consulting for a variety of primary care focused initiatives. She enjoys teaching English as a Second Language in her rural Appalachian community, is a published author and public speaker.