James Mancuso, MD

James Mancuso, MD

Name: James Mancuso, MD, MPH, DrPH, LTC, MC, USA

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Director of TPH, Assistant Professor

Email: james.mancuso@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

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LTC Mancuso currently serves as an active duty Army physician, assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, and Director of the Division of Tropical Public Health. LTC Mancuso hails from Boston's North Shore but has lived for much of the past 20 years in the Washington, DC area. After completing medical school at USUHS, LTC Mancuso completed residency training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), which also included completing an MPH at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. After residency, LTC Mancuso had several assignments as an Army public health official and epidemiologist at Fort Stewart, Georgia and Landstuhl, Germany, respectively. During these assignments, he also had the opportunity to deploy to Iraq in 2003 as Division Preventive Medicine Officer for the 3rd Infantry Division and to Pakistan in 2005 in support of earthquake relief efforts. LTC Mancuso then returned to USUHS to complete a Doctorate in Public Health, where he studied TB control in the U.S. military, and where he completed the ASTMH Certificate Course in Tropical Medicine. From 2009 to 2013, he ran the Preventive Medicine residency at WRAIR, training physicians in public health and preventive medicine. Since 2013, he has served as the Director of Tropical Public Health at USUHS.


  • M.D., USUHS
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene


LTC Mancuso's research interests include TB control, particularly in military populations, but also in HIV coinfection and drug-resistant TB.


LTC Mancuso co-direct's the travel medicine course, and teaches several other courses in the MPH and medical school curriculum, including epidemiology, tropical medicine, and doctoral student seminar. He also teaches residents in TB and STI clinics in the DC area and is on the faculty of the Preventive Medicine residency at WRAIR.

Areas of Expertise

LTC Mancuso advises the Army on TB control policy, including the development of the 2013 MEDCOM regulation 40-64, "The Tuberculosis Surveillance and Control Program." He also consults on management of TB cases and other outbreaks, and assists and consults in the area of Graduate Medical Education in Preventive Medicine.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Ambrose J, Hampton LM, Fleming-Dutra KE, Marten C, McClusky C, Perry C, Clemmons NA, McCormic Z, Peik S, Mancuso J, Brown E, Kozak N, Travis T, Lucas C, Fields B, Hicks L and Cersovsky SB. Large outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever at a military base. Epidemiol Infect 2014; doi:10.1017/S0950268813003440; in press.
  • Mancuso JD, Aronson NE, Keep LW. Can the active component U.S. military achieve tuberculosis elimination? MSMR 2013;20(5):2-3.
  • Mancuso JD, Aaron CL. Tuberculosis trends in the U.S. Armed Forces, active component, 1998-2012. MSMR 2013;20(5):4-8.
  • Aaron CL, Mancuso JD. Using the tuberculosis cohort review to evaluate and improve the U.S. Army's tuberculosis control program. MSMR 2013;20(5):9-13.
  • Aaron CL, Fotinos MJ, West KB, Goodwin DJ and Mancuso JD. Tuberculosis among nonimmigrant visitors to U.S. military installations. Mil Med 2013;178(3):346-352.
  • Mancuso JD, Bernardo J, and Mazurek GH. The Elusive "Gold" Standard for Detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. AJRCCM 2013 Jan 14;187(2):122-4.
  • Cohen RL, Li Y, Giese R, Mancuso JD. An evaluation of PEPFAR's Effect on Health Systems Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa. JAIDS 2012 Dec 18.
  • Mancuso JD, Mazurek GH, Tribble D, Olsen C, Aronson NE, Geiter L, Goodwin D, and Keep LW. Discordance Among Commercially-Available Diagnostics for Latent Tuberculosis Infection. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2012:185(4):427-34.
  • Bedno SA, Soltis MA, Mancuso JD, Burnett DG, and Mallon TM. The In-Service Examination Score as a Predictor of Success on the American Board of Preventive Medicine Certification Examination. Am J Prev Med 2011:41(6):641-644.
  • Mancuso JD, Niebuhr DW, Frick KD, Keep LW, and Anderson KM. Cost-effectiveness analysis of targeted and sequential screening strategies for latent tuberculosis. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2011:15(9);1223-30.
  • Mancuso JD, Tribble D, Mazurek GH, Li Y, Olsen C, Aronson NE, Geiter L, Goodwin D, and Keep LW. Impact of Targeted testing for Latent Tuberculosis Infection Using Commercially Available Diagnostics. Clin Infect Dis 2011:53(3);234-244.
  • Whitman TJ, Herlihy RK, Schlett CD, Murray PR, Grandits GA, Ganesan A, Brown M, Mancuso JD, Adams WB, Tribble DR. Chlorhexidine-impregnated cloths to prevent skin and soft-tissue infection in marine recruits: a cluster-randomized, double-blind, controlled effectiveness trial. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Dec;31(12):1207-15.
  • Mancuso JD, Tobler SK, Eick AA, Olsen CH. An evaluation of the completeness and accuracy of active tuberculosis reporting in the US military. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2010;14(10):1310-1315.
  • Mancuso JD, Tobler SK, Eick AA, Keep LW. Active tuberculosis and recent overseas deployment in the US military. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Aug;39(2):157-163.
  • Freeman RJ, Mancuso JD, Riddle MS, Keep LW. Systematic review and meta-analysis of TST conversion risk in deployed military and long-term civilian travelers. J Travel Med. 2010 Jul;17(4):233-42.

Professional Activities

LTC Mancuso is a Fellow of and serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Preventive Medicine. He was elected into the Delta Omega honorary public health society in 2000. He is also a member of ASTMH, IUATLD, AMSUS, and other organizations, and sits on the Board of the Johns Hopkins Tropical Medicine Dinner Club.