Dr. Jennifer Shuford

Chief State Epidemiologist
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. Jennifer Shuford

Dr. Jennifer Shuford graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Shuford completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health.  

Dr. Shuford practiced medicine in Austin, Texas as an infectious disease physician prior to joining the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2017. She is currently the Chief State Epidemiologist for the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), where she uses epidemiologic and medical data to inform public health activities and policies, including those surrounding the state’s COVID-19 response. 

Dr. Shuford serves on the faculty of the DSHS Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency Program. She is a member of Travis County Medical Society and Infectious Disease Society of America. She is also a member of Texas Medical Association, where she serves as a consultant to their Committee on Infectious Diseases. ✯