Dr. Michael Sequeira, M.D., a leader in the county’s medical community and experienced local expert in emergency medicine, was appointed Public Health Officer for the County of San Bernardino on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. For the past 30 years, Dr. Sequeira has worked in leadership roles at the local, state and national levels, including as regional director of six of its hospital emergency departments, including hospitals in San Bernardino, Apple Valley, Colton, and Redlands. He is past president of the San Bernardino County Medical Society and a member of the steering committee of the Inland Empire Opioid Crisis Coalition, which worked on an educational program for opioid prescribing and overdose treatment and prevention in hospitals and the community. He also serves as National Risk Director for Vituity Healthcare, where he has been charged with keeping providers current with the latest clinical and research data on COVID-19. “We are pleased to have a medical professional of Dr. Sequeira’s expertise and background work for San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We look forward to his leadership and counsel as we navigate our way out of this COVID-19 pandemic.” The County conducted a two-and-a-half month nationwide recruitment, reviewed eight qualifying applications, and interviewed five candidates before recommending Sequeira to the Board of Supervisors. He will join Public Health Director Corwin Porter in leading the County Department of Public Health. Sequeira intends to bring a balanced, scientific and evidence-based approach to the county’s public health challenges, including the fight against COVID-19. “We will make the pandemic and its medical, economic and social repercussions the focus of our immediate efforts and develop a strong plan that will enhance our comprehensive but targeted testing and contract tracing, and effective and thoughtful mask and social distancing guidance, and a massive vaccination program when that time comes,” he said. Sequeira received a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from Pomona College in Claremont and graduated with his medical doctorate in the top 10 percent of his class from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland.