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Maxine E. Liggins

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Maxine E. Liggins

Area Medical Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Maxine Liggins is an Area Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The Service Planning Areas in which she works include the wealthiest and the poorest residents of Los Angeles County. Public Health's mission of "improving the quality of life for the residents of Los Angeles County" serves as a yardstick to measure the quality of health services provided in the Los Angeles County. Dr. Liggins personal mission is the prevention of all vaccine preventable illnesses and to achieve a greater understanding of the factors which contribute to the chronic diseases which detract from the quality of lives of all Americans. Dr. Liggins was the first African-American to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1979. She later received a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Washington in 1985. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles and Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon in 1989. Dr. Liggins is a specialist in Infectious Diseases and Public Health Medicine. As an Infectious Disease fellow, Dr. Liggins worked as a Sub-Investigator for the AIDS Collaborative Treatment Group located at the University of Southern California from 1989 to 1992. This research group enrolled the largest numbers of HIV patients for the initial clinical studies for the first medications marketed for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. Dr. Liggins has served as the Principle Investigator for the first national AIDS Study dedicated specifically for the treatment of women in 1999. Dr. Liggins is currently an investigator on three Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies on sexually transmitted diseases.

South Public Health Center
1522 East 102nd Street
Los Angeles  California  90002
United States
Office Phone: 
(323) 563-4062


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