Head shot of Ann Barnes
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Houston Community Data Connections Steering Committee Member
  • Chief Medical Officer, Legacy Community Health Services

Ann Barnes is a native of Houston, Texas. She is currently the chief medical officer at the largest federally qualified health center in southeast Texas, Legacy Community Health. She oversees clinical services provided by the health system (adult medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, Ob/Gyn, vision and dental services). She is also responsible for nursing, quality assurance and public health services which engage in patient education, community outreach and linkage to care. Barnes is an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and maintains a clinical faculty position there. She is a board certified internist. 

Prior to her current role, Barnes was the medical director of Weight Management Services and Disease Prevention for Harris Health System. There, she spearheaded a nationally recognized pilot project, Healthy Harvest, bringing farmer’s markets into several of Harris Health’s community health centers located in food deserts. She has also been involved with 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, Barnes is involved in a variety of community efforts. She is a senior fellow of 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 and serves on several boards including Early Matters, Communities in Schools Houston, Houston YMCA Association, Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute and Ardmore Institute of Health. Additionally, Barnes is the immediate past chair of the executive committee of Healthy Living Matters, a local city and county-wide collaborative focused on addressing childhood obesity through smart policy efforts to improve healthy eating and active living among children and their families.

Barnes has served on the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's advisory board since 2016.