Dr. Monica Bharel is commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and is responsible for spearheading the state's response to the opioid crisis, as well as leading implementation of health care cost containment legislation, Chapter 224, reducing health disparities, finding public health solutions for health care reform, finding innovative solutions using data and evidence-based practices, and other health care quality improvement initiatives. Recognized for her dedication to health care for underserved and vulnerable populations, she previously served as chief medical officer for Boston Health Care for the Homeless, the largest nonprofit health care organization for homeless individuals in the country. Bharel has served on the faculty at Harvard University Medical School, Boston University Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She was previously at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and has practiced general internal medicine for 20 years in neighborhood health centers, city hospitals, the Veterans Administration, university hospitals and nonprofit organizations. She received her master’s degree in public health through the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center.