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Biography: Joseph P. Lamana, BSN, MPA

Director of the Regional and International Coordination Division
Office of Emergency Management
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Mr. Lamana is the Director of the Regional and International Coordination Division in the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.  In his current position, he leads the Department’s Regional Emergency Coordinators who are the representatives for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the 10 FEMA regions across the country.  Mr. Lamana also oversees the OEM International Response Branch, responsible for providing support to OEM’s international response engagements.  Additionally, Mr. Lamana is the Director of the OEM Liaisons to the Department of Defense Combatant Commands and Canada.  Finally, Mr. Lamana is the Department’s Patient Movement Coordinator, responsible for coordinating the federal patient movement support to move patients out of disaster stricken areas.  Recent major disaster response operations that he has been involved include Hurricanes Ike and Gustav (2008), American Samoa Earthquake and H1N1 Pandemic (2009), Haiti Earthquake and Gulf Oil Spill (2010), the Japan Earthquake and Joplin Tornado (2011), Hurricane Isaac (2012), Hurricane Sandy (2012) and the Sandy Hook Shooting (2012), and the Oklahoma City Tornado response (2013).
 
Mr. Lamana also services as the U.S. Government medical representative to NATO’s Joint Health, Food and Agriculture Group, a committee supporting NATO military authorities and committed to developing emergency preparedness and response activities within member nations.  His international experience has lead him to being one of the key architects/writer of an international planners’ course provided the Defense Institute of Medical Operations.  Mr. Lamana has traveled the world teaching international students the finer points of disaster planning and response.  Mr. Lamana has extensive background as a clinician to include serving as Service Director for critical care at a community hospital in North Carolina.  He has thorough knowledge of military health support and international medical engagements as a result of over 21 years of military experience in the Air Force and Navy, serving in the United States and abroad.  During this time, he has held positions as a communications analyst, critical care registered nurse, medical planner and operations officer, flight commander, and international liaison.  Mr. Lamana is a seasoned speaker and lecturer, having facilitated many working groups, presented at large conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and taught in a classroom setting internationally.
 
 

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  • This page last reviewed: March 22, 2016