Governor Eric Holcomb has named Kristina Box state health commissioner. She has spent more than 30 years as an OB-GYN at Indianapolis-based Community Health Network. Box fills the role previously held by Jerome Adams. Her first day with the Indiana State Department of Health will be October 16.

She started at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis in 1987 as a private practitioner in OB-GYN with Clearvista Women's Care. Since 2015, she has served as the physician lead for Community Health Network's Women's Service Line. In this role, she built the first multi-disciplinary Women’s Center in Community Health Network, developed critical partnerships with area children’s hospitals to improve care and decrease health care costs and led efforts to ensure low-income women receive the important free health screenings they need.

Box earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and her medical doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indiana State Medical Association, the Marion County Medical Association and serves on many hospital committees. Additionally, Box has been involved in ongoing surgical medical missions to Haiti and Bolivia for more than a decade.

Adams left the position to become the 20th Surgeon General of the United States and was confirmed last month.