Doyle tapped to replace Johnson on Boston health board

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BOSTON – The Boston Board of Health got a new leader this week as Mayor Marty Walsh named Frank Doyle to chair the panel, replacing Dr. Paula Johnson, who is taking over this summer as the new president of Wellesley College.

Doyle, a lawyer, is the executive director of Boston HealthNet, an integrated health-care system comprised of 14 community health centers, the Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine, according to a statement from the mayor’s office on Tuesday. It said the network has used technology effectively to serve “vulnerable populations” in Boston.

Earlier, Doyle played a key role in merging the old Boston City Hospital with BU’s University Hospital to create the South End medical center off Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street. Before working in health care administration, Doyle ran the mayor’s office of intergovernmental affairs and as a U.S. attache to the Holy See in Rome.

Wellesley tapped Johnson as its first black president in February. A Harvard University graduate, she has been a teacher in Harvard’s medical school and school of public health as well as leading the city board of health.