Thomas L. Schlenker, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Public Health
Thomas L. Schlenker, M.D., M.P.H. joined the City of San Antonio in June 2011. As the Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Dr. Schlenker oversees a staff of approximately 400 employees, and others who serve the residents of San Antonio and unincorporated Bexar County through:
- Infectious disease control and prevention
- Environmental protection
- Health promotion, especially for women and children; and
- Emergency Preparedness
Prior to his appointment with the City, Dr. Schlenker was the Public Health Director for Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin from 2006-2011. Previous to that he led health departments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Salt Lake City, Utah, served as Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Kenosha and was a Senior Fullbright Fellow at the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is a board certified pediatrician who has cared for patients, conducted public health research and managed organizations in the United States and Latin American.
Dr. Schlenker has been recognized for merging local health agencies, for his research in infant mortality, childhood lead poisoning, and the epidemiology of measles and for effectively connecting the practice of local public health to community clinicians and health care systems.
- BA, Antioch College
- M.D., Northwestern University
- Masters of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health