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Workshop on Standardization in E-Health
Geneva, 23-25 May 2003

CVs of the speakers


DAVID M. LAM, M.D., M.P.H.

Doctor David M. Lam was born 25 May 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, where he received a BA in Government and International Relations. He received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1972, and earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas in 1979. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine as a specialist in Aerospace Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physician Executives. He has also been elected a member of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine.

Colonel Lam was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Army in 1971, and transferred to the Medical Corps in 1972. He served in a wide variety of assignments, including one tour in Korea, two in Alaska, and two in Germany, in addition to his last military assignment at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

His military schooling included the Basic and Advanced Army Medical Department Officer courses, Army Flight Surgeon's Course, Air Force Residency training in Aerospace Medicine, Health Care Administration Course, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

After completing an Army Internship at Madigan Army Medical Center, he served from 1973-75 as Battalion Flight Surgeon, Garrison Surgeon, and Commander 548th General Dispensary at Yongsan Garrison Korea. His next tour was as Senior Flight Surgeon, 222nd Aviation Battalion and 172nd Infantry Brigade, Fort Wainwright Alaska. Following Residency training in Aerospace Medicine, he was assigned as Aviation Medicine Staff Officer and Chief, Ambulatory Patient Care at the U.S. Army Health Services Command, Fort Sam Houston Texas. He served as Commander U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and Director of Health Services at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin California from 1981 to 1983, followed by an assignment as Commander U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Alaska and Director Health Services/Army Forces Alaska Surgeon, 172nd Infantry Brigade (Alaska) from 1983-86. He was then assigned as Director, Army Systems Hazards Research Program, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, Fort Detrick Maryland, followed by an assignment as Deputy Command Surgeon, United States European Command in Stuttgart Germany from 1988-91. During Operation Desert Storm, he served as Surgeon for JTF Proven Force, a joint air and ground task force which carried out combat operations over northern Iraq. He led the medical aspects of humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Armenia and Tunisia. From 1991-93 he served as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and Cutler Army Hospital at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, followed by a rapid return to Europe. He served as Surgeon, 5th Corps in Heidelberg and Frankfurt Germany from 1993-96. During this assignment, he was responsible for developing the medical support plan for U.S. Army forces participating in IFOR operations in the Former Yugoslavia, and additionally served as Task Force Surgeon for U.S. humanitarian operations in Rwanda and Zaire. His final military assignment was as Medical Staff Officer on the International Military Staff at Headquarters NATO. In this position, where he served for an unprecedented 5 years at the request of the NATO medical community, he was the impetus for some of the greatest changes in Alliance medical doctrine since its creation. Due to his actions, there are currently several truly multinational medical units deployed in support of NATO missions, and the improvements in multinational medical standardisation have been truly functional.

Doctor Lam retired from the active Army on 1 July 2001, and now serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Charles McC. Mathias Jr. National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Services of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in which position he works closely with the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center in Ft. Detrick, Maryland and the U.S. Department of Defense Partnership For Peace Information Management Systems (PIMS) Program, in the areas of telemedicine standardisation, project development, and deployment of systems. He also continues to work closely with various NATO offices, since he has been appointed one of the organisation's few High Level Medical Experts, and is frequently called upon to provide medical advice and guidance on issues and policies affecting the alliance. He also serves as the Secretary for the NATO Telemedicine Panel, which is charged with developing policies and procedures which will enhance the multinational interoperability of Telemedicine systems in an operational environment.

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