Dr. Lawrence Sands was appointed Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District, in March 2007, previously serving as its Community Health Division Director and Assistant Health Officer. As the district’s chief executive and medical officer he brings to the job over 20 years of experience in public health, preventive medicine and health planning and administration. Dr. Sands is Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine; a Clark County Medical Society Delegate to the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA); and a diplomat to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He has been an active member of various professional and civic organizations throughout his career including serving as president for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. Currently, he is President of the Nevada Public Health Foundation and serves on the boards of the United Way of Southern Nevada, the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada, and the newly formed Clinics in Schools. He is a frequent presenter at various professional education conferences and has received several awards in recognition of his work as a public health physician including the Nevada State Medical Association’s President’s Award and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Award for Maternal, Infant and Child Health Epidemiology. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction in Zoology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, his D.O. from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and his Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in health planning and administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.