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David Canton

Posted by: Andrew Lavelle; 18 March 2016; 6:13 pm

Originally from Missouri, Dr. Canton earned a DO at Kansas City University of Health Sciences on an Army scholarship. In 1988, he completed a family practice residency at Southern Illinois University, and in 1999 he concluded both an MPH and a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Canton added JD to his CV in 2004, after graduating from Concord University School of Law in LA and passing the bar.

In 1990, he was a flight surgeon and part of the first Army medical unit deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Desert Storm. He left the Army in 1992 to transfer to the Coast Guard. During his years in the Coast Guard, Dr. Canton was the Chief of Health and Safety in New Orleans, a flight surgeon and staff physician in Port Angeles, Washington, and the Chief of Operational Medicine for the US Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he provided professional oversight for 25 clinics with 150 providers and assets in Iraq, Kuwait, and Puerto Rico.

For nearly three years, Dr. Canton was Chief Medical Officer for the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in Washington, DC, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. In 2005, while Dr. Canton served as Chief Medical Officer, NDMS had as many as 30 sites set up along the Gulf coast to provide care for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Over the course of several months, the teams treated over 180,000 patients across the hurricane-ravaged South.

Having retired from uniformed Federal Service, Dr. Canton is currently serving as Vice President for Medical Affairs at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, CA. He also serves as the Medical Director for the Stanislaus County Medical Reserve Corps.