Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH has served as the District Health Director for the Crater District Health Departments/Virginia Department of Health since July 1, 2012. Dr. Hart earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA. While at the UW, he also completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, a research fellowship for physicians. Dr. Hart is a board certified internist by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Prior to working for the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. Hart served as the Associate Scientific Director for the Center on Health Disparities at Virginia Commonwealth University for over 4 years. He also served as the Medical Director for Massey Cancer Center’s Adult Cancer Survivorship Clinic, and held an appointment in the School of Medicine as an Associate Professor of Medicine.
While at VCU, Dr. Hart’s research focused on working with African-American men in 30 barbershops in the Richmond area. He served as principal investigator on an American Cancer Society funded study to develop an interactive computer-based program to help African-American men make informed decisions about prostate cancer screening. Dr. Hart also served as principal investigator on a National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded project titled, “Exploring Cigarette Dependence among African-American Males in Barbershops.”
Dr. Hart’s honors include, a 2011 Telly Award for Video and Film for his prostate cancer educational video, and recent selection as a mentor in the National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality Mentoring Program, a program focused on evidence-based public health practice.