Barbara Bowman Tobias, M.D.

Professor Emerita
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2009-2010
Fellowship Placement: HHS Office of the Secretary
Sponsoring Institution: University of Cincinnati


Barbara B. Tobias, MD is an academic family physician with expertise in health policy, population health, health care workforce diversity and health equity. She served as Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine from 2018-2020. Dr. Tobias was a 2009-2010 RWJ Health Policy Fellow in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Previously she was the Director of Medical Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine with awards in teaching, mentoring and clinical excellence, including the Dean’s Teaching Award for Excellence and the Leonard R. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Dr. Tobias recently completed a decade of service as Medical Director of the Health Collaborative, providing regional leadership and support to physicians and practices participating in CMS Innovation Center primary care service delivery models with a focus on improving primary care access, decreasing health disparities and improving population health. Dr. Tobias supported the Health Collaborative’s Emergency COVID19 Regional Response Equitable Strategies Work Group and Hamilton County’s COVID-19 Testing, Test and Protect - Community Core and Field and Systems Operations teams.

Dr. Tobias is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her residency training and was Chief Resident in Family Medicine, University Hospital, University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Tobias has practiced family medicine for over 30years including over a decade at Lincoln Heights Health Center, HealthCare Connection and the Good Samaritan Free Clinic.