Dr. Paul Jarris, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Advisor

Dr. Paul Jarris is a national leader in public and population health, health policy, health equity, wellness, and health promotion. He has led MITRE’s Sara Alert initiative since its inception.

Prior to coming to MITRE, Dr. Jarris served as the chief medical officer, deputy chief medical officer, and senior vice president for maternal and child health and NICU programs for the March of Dimes Foundation. Under his leadership, the March of Dimes expanded its mission to a public health approach including social and structural determinants and improving equity in birth outcomes. He organized and led the March of Dimes National Prematurity Collaborative with over 340 leading health organizations and 600 individual members. 

Earlier, Dr. Jarris served as the Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. He collaborated across the state, territorial, and federal government health agencies, congress, and the White House on heath policy and public health emergencies such as pandemic influenza and Ebola. 

Dr. Jarris served as state health commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health. He implemented the Vermont Blueprint for Health Chronic Care Initiative, a statewide public-private partnership to improve the health of Vermont residents while reforming the state’s health care system. He also lead the establishment of Vermont’s first inpatient substance abuse treatment program for adolescent and women’s care. 

As medical director for Community Health Plan for the Vermont Market, and Kaiser Permanente Northeast Division, and as CEO of Vermont Permanente Medical group, he oversaw quality improvement, resource management, value-based purchasing, and provider relations for 140,000 members. As a board-certified family physician, he worked with Vermont’s underserved populations in a federally qualified health center, inner city school, and homeless shelter for adolescent youth.  

Dr. Jarris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.