Dr. Lanza is a board-certified pediatrician with a Ph.D. in Nuclear & Radiological Engineering (Medical Radiation Physics) from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the UTESA School of Medicine, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Dr. Lanza has been the Director of the Florida Department of Health Escambia County Health Department since May 1996 and has been in public health for over 14 years. From 1988-1993, Dr. Lanza was in private pediatric practice and a pediatric emergency physician in the Orlando, Florida area. Before medical school, Dr. Lanza was a radiation physicist in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Weapons Radiological Controls Program and researched low-level effects of ionizing radiation.
Dr. Lanza serves on numerous committees for the Florida Department of Health including the Community Environmental Health Advisory Board, which is concerned with Environmental Justice issues associated with toxic waste sites in Florida. He is the Director of the CATE/Community Environmental Health Project-Escambia and is co-founder of the Partnership for Environmental Research and Community Health (PERCH) in conjunction with the University of West Florida’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation. Since 2001, he has been the chair of the Health and Medical Committee for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Domestic Security Task Force Northwest Florida. In 2005, Dr. Lanza was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Southeast Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Compact Commission.
Dr. Lanza is a fellow of the America Academy of Pediatrics, a past president of the Escambia County Medical Society, a member of the American Medical Association and the Florida Medical Association, where he’s the chair of the Council on Public Health, co-chair of the Section on International Medical Graduates and a member of the Section on Environment and Health. Dr. Lanza is a member of the national Health Physics Society and serves on their Homeland Security committee and Medical Response subcommittee; he is also a member of the Florida Chapter of the Health Physics Society. Dr. Lanza is the chair of the Partnership for Public Health, Inc. which is a foundation dedicated to the pursuit of public health interests in Escambia County, Florida.
In 2002, Dr. Lanza completed a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida College of Public Health and currently is on the faculty of the MPH program at the University of West Florida. In addition to other faculty positions at the University of West Florida, he is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine (FSUCOM). Dr. Lanza directs public health experiences for both pediatric and obstetrics and gynecology residents at the FSUCOM residency programs in Pensacola as well as aerospace medicine residents from the Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute at Naval Air Station Pensacola and family medicine residents from Naval Hospital Pensacola.
Recently, Dr. Lanza wrote an article on “Radiological Incidents and the Florida Physician” for The Journal of the Florida Medical Association and co-authored an article entitled “Serum profiles of PCDDs, PCDFs, and dioxin-like PCBs in individuals near the Escambia Wood Treating Company Superfund site in Escambia County, FL”.