James D. Mancuso

MD, DrPH, MPH (Chair, Department of PMB)

Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Chair, Department of PMB
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Tuberculosis, Public Health, Health Equity
Epidemiology, Global Health
Office Phone


MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene


COL James (Jamie) Mancuso is an active duty Army physician who has served the military for more than 30 years. Originally from Boston's North Shore, COL Mancuso first enlisted in the infantry, serving for 2 years in Germany, during which time he deployed to Operation Desert Storm. He then completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in the Class of 1998. While completing his residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), he also completed his Master of Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene. After service in several public health assignments, he returned to USU to complete a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH), leading a clinical trial of tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics at Fort Jackson. Throughout his career, he has maintained an active clinical and research practice in TB both in military and non-military populations.

COL Mancuso has had a wide breadth of assignments in public health, including as the Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Fort Stewart, Chief of the Division of Epidemiology for Army Public Health Command-Europe, and Director of the Department of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the US Army Medical Research Unit in Kenya. He has also had a wide breadth of experience in education, including directing the Preventive Medicine residency at WRAIR, training junior physician officers in public health and leading the program to achieve maximum accreditation and multiple resident awards. Dr. Mancuso also served as Director of the Division of Tropical Public Health at USU, leading a staff of 12 senior scientists and physicians who were responsible for 3 Graduate programs and 25 courses. From 2017 to 2021, he was appointed as Chief Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Preventive Medicine, serving as the chief advisor on military Preventive Medicine issues for the Surgeon General and mentor for junior physicians in his specialty. Prior to arriving at USU in 2019, he held the position of Chief of the Epidemiology and Analysis Section of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch, where he led a diverse staff of military, government civilian, and contractor personnel to perform advanced epidemiologic health surveillance for the DoD, including production of the DoD’s only peer-reviewed, Medline-indexed publication, the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.

COL Mancuso has a broad experience in operational assignments, having deployed to Iraq twice (1990-1 and 2003), Pakistan for the 2005 earthquake relief efforts, Japan in 2011 for the response to the Fukushima nuclear event, and most recently in 2015 to Liberia to support Ebola response efforts. He remains clinically active at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and at the DC Health & Wellness clinic. He serves as an accreditation site reviewer for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). He was awarded the CAPT Hooper Memorial Preventive Medicine Award, the Army Medical Department “A” proficiency designator, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. He has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, is board certified in both Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and holds a Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travel Health by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at USU.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Deployments to Iraq (Operation Desert Storm-1990/1 and Operation Iraqi Freedom-2003), Pakistan (Operation Lifeline-2005/6), Japan (Operation Tomodachi-2011), and Liberia (Operation United Assistance-2015)

Specialty Leader (Consultant) in Preventive Medicine, US Army, 2017-2021

Chief, Epidemiology & Analysis Section, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch, Silver Spring, MD, 2018-2019

Director, Department of Emerging Infectious Diseases, U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016-2018

Director, Division of Tropical Public Health, Uniformed Services University (USU), Bethesda, MD, 2013-2016

Program Director, Preventive Medicine Residency, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Silver Spring, MD, 2009-2013

Mid-Atlantic Regent, Board of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), 2012-2015

US Army Surgeon General's “A” proficiency designator, 2014

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, 2000

CAPT Hooper Memorial Preventive Medicine Award, USU, 1998

Representative Bibliography

Mancuso, J.D., Young, J., Rusiecki, J., Stahlman, S., Schvey, N., Randolph, T., Wilson, C., Witkop, C., Hyde, P., Green, A., Santiago, P., Shell, D., & Sbrocco, T. Advancing Health Equity in the US Military. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice 2023; 16(1):38-50.

Erin L. Winkler, Shauna L. Stahlman, Natalie Y. Wells, Aparna V. Chauhan, Kayli M. Hiban, Amy A. Costello, and Mancuso JD. COVID-19 Booster Vaccination in the U.S. Military, August 2021 to January 2022. Am J Prev Med 2022 Aug 29:S0749-3797(22)00412-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2022.07.017. PMID: 36123230

Young JM, Stahlman SL, Clausen SS, Bova ML, and Mancuso JD. Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infection and hospitalization in the active component U.S. military. Am J Pub Health 2021; 111(12):2194-2201. PMID: 34878873

Mancuso JD. Tuberculosis Screening and Control in the US Military in War and Peace. Am J Public Health 2017;107(1):60-67. PMID: 27854533

Mancuso JD, Hickey PW, Coldren RL, Korman AK, Keep LW, DeFraites RF, Smith M, Mancuso LJ, and Sanchez JL. DoD-Supported Overseas Training Rotations in Tropical Medicine and Global Health, 2000-2015. Military Medicine 2017;182(3):e1719-e1725. PMID: 28290949

Mancuso JD, Diffenderfer JM, Ghassemieh BJ, Horne DJ, Kao T. The Prevalence of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in the United States. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2016;194(4):501-9. PMID: 26866439

Mancuso JD, Geurts M. Challenges in Obtaining Estimates of the Risk of Tuberculosis Infection During Overseas Deployment. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2015 Dec 9;93(6):1172-1178. PMID: 26416114

Sanchez JL, Sanchez JL, Cooper MJ, Hiser MJ, Mancuso JD. Tuberculosis as a force health protection threat to the United States military. Mil Med 2015 Mar;180(3):276-84. PMID: 25735017

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; 62(4):471-9. PMID: 23254150

Mancuso JD, Tobler SK, and Keep LW. Pseudoepidemics of Tuberculin Skin Test Conversions in the US Army after Recent Deployments. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2008;177(11):1285-9.