Head shot of Ann Barnes
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • Houston Community Data Connections Steering Committee Member
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Harris Health System

Ann Barnes is a native of Houston, Texas. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Harris Health System, the largest safety-net healthcare system in the greater Houston area. Ann is responsible for system-wide population health and disease prevention activities. She is actively engaged in the development of strategic community partnerships with public health, academic, and social service organizations. Ann is committed to the integration of the healthcare system with community resources that address social determinants of health. She leads the development of innovative mid-stream and upstream strategies that promote health, prevent disease, and address chronic disease conditions. Ann is an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and maintains a voluntary clinical faculty position there. She is a board-certified internist.

Prior to her current role, Ann was Chief Medical Officer at Legacy Community Health, a large federally qualified health center system that served over 170,000 patients. She oversaw clinical services (adult medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, OB/GYN, dental, vision, and specialty care), nursing, quality improvement, and public health.

In addition, she was the executive sponsor for an innovative and nationally recognized, clinic-based program, Health Leads, which addresses social determinants of health in patients. Previously, Ann was involved in research, including being the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health project which sought to understand factors that lead to successful weight loss maintenance in African Americans.

Beyond her work in medicine and research, Ann is involved in a variety of community efforts. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter. She writes and speaks to a wide variety of community and faith-based groups about health and wellness. She serves on several boards (Good Reason Houston, Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute, Healthy Living Matters, Houston Endowment, Texas 2036, and the Kinder Institute).