Jim Lando, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M.
Former RADM, U.S. Public Health Service (retired)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health-Region V
Topic: Welcome, Overview, Call to Action
Rear Admiral (RADM) Jim Lando, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., is a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officer who serves as the Assistant Surgeon General and Regional Health Administrator (RHA) for the U.S. Department and Health Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. He oversees Region 5 which includes IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI, home to over one-sixth of the U.S. population. RADM Lando serves as the principal federal public health leader, representing the Assistant Secretary for Health and provides executive level leadership in policy development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs.
RADM Lando is a graduate of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service, where he was assigned to the National Center for Health Statistics. CAPT Lando directed the CDC Preventive Medicine residency program before being named the Deputy Associate Director for Science for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He later led the National Center for Environmental Health’s Health Studies Branch, investigating environmental hazards and their effects on human health. Following this, for five years he has worked as a Career Epidemiology Field Officer in the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response assigned to the Allegheny County Health Department in Pittsburgh, PA.
RADM Lando was a member of the Institute of Medicine Clinical Research Roundtable and the National Commission on Prevention Priorities. He was a team leader for CDC in Taiwan during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003 and has participated in guinea worm eradication activities in Ghana. He is the recipient of over 20 USPHS awards and has led investigations of many infectious disease, chronic disease, and environmental public health problems.
RADM Lando is interested in preventing disease as early in life and he values the incorporation of physical activity into what would otherwise be a sedentary day. Recognizing the strong relationship between physical and mental health, he seeks to better connect the two in public health systems.
RADM Lando attended Brown University in Providence, RI for his medical and undergraduate neuroscience degrees. He completed his Master of Public Health at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, NM. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.