Lawrence Keith Sands, D.O., MPH

Costin Institute, Scholar Cohort 1


Sands, Lawrence

Dr. Sands currently serves as the Director of Community Health Services for the Clark County Health District in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is responsible for overseeing community-based initiatives to improve and protect the health status of over 1.5 million county residents and visitors. Residency trained and board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, he received his osteopathic medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and his Master of Public Health from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. Prior to entering a career in public health he was a primary care physician in private practice in Michigan.

With nearly 20 years of experience as a public health physician, Dr Sands has had broad experience with a diverse range of programs including: epidemiology and communicable disease control, maternal-child health, homeless health care, local public health emergency preparedness and response, health promotion/education and chronic disease prevention. Before coming to Nevada, he practiced as a public health physician in Arizona for over 16 years, holding key leadership positions with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in Phoenix, including State Epidemiologist and Director of the Maricopa County Bio-Defense Preparedness and Response division.

Dr Sands holds faculty appointments with the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University-Glendale (AZ). He also has been an active member of various professional organizations throughout his career, most recently serving as the immediate past president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.