SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTH DISTRICT (LAS VEGAS METRO AREA)

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Joseph P. Iser, MD, DrPH, MSc
Chief Health Officer
Southern Nevada Health District

Joe Iser received his medical degree from the University of Kansas and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Occupational Medicine, with a broad background in primary care, public health, and medical education. He has specific interests in indigent care, infectious diseases, disaster medicine, and international medicine, and he has worked in food outbreak investigations, pharmaceutical and device regulation, hepatitis program development, implementation, evaluation, and research. He is retired after 24 years active duty with the US Public Health Service, and he was the Director and Health Officer for two California counties.
 
He has a Doctorate in Public Health in health policy from the University of Michigan, and he has an MSc in infectious diseases from the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is the Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District (Clark County, Nevada, and five incorporated cities). 

PRIOR POSITIONS: 

  • District Health Officer, Washoe County Health District, Nevada. Director of all public health programs, including communicable diseases; immunization, family planning, and STD clinics; WIC; environmental health and air quality programs; disease investigation; and epidemiology and public health preparedness.
  • Director, Department of Public Health/Public Health Officer, Nevada County, California, and Yolo County, California.
  • Director of all aspects of public health for these California counties, including programs related to indigent health, chronic diseases, communicable diseases, clinics providing services to county residents, preparedness, and environmental health programs. 
  • Medical Investigator and Federal/State Liaison, Food and Drug Administration. Inspect pharmaceutical companies and developers, clinical investigators, and preclinical facilities for compliance with FDA regulations related to research and development of pharmaceuticals. Work with states and local jurisdictions on food-borne illness outbreaks, drug and device recalls, and other issues of public health importance.
  • Regional Health Administrator, Region VI, DHHS/U.S. Public Health Service. Direct programs related to family planning, emergency preparedness, women’s health, minority health, and HIV/AIDS in minority communities in Region VI. Director, Office of Pacific Health and Human Services, Region IX, DHHS/U.S. Public Health Service. September 1994 to July 1999. Coordinate work of the various components of DHHS with grant programs in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Island Jurisdictions. 
  • Hepatitis Program Director, Centers for Disease Control and Health Resources and Services Administration, Region IX. August 1992 to September 1994. Direct clinical, professional, and program issues that impact hepatitis B education, prevention, and immunization activities nationwide. 
  • Prior assignments include Associate Bureau Director for Clinical Affairs, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration; Assistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Military and Emergency Medicine, USUHS; and as a Clinician in practice in Kansas City, Missouri.

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