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Spokane Regional Health District chooses local doctor as new health officer

UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017

Dr. Bob Lutz has been named the new health officer at the Spokane Regional Health District. (Courtesy of Spokane Regional Health District)
Dr. Bob Lutz has been named the new health officer at the Spokane Regional Health District. (Courtesy of Spokane Regional Health District)

Dr. Bob Lutz, of Spokane, has been selected as the new health officer at the Spokane Regional Health District.

Lutz was previously the clinical director of Urgent Care for Rockwood. His new position requires that he work for a few hours a week in a clinical setting, and he will fulfill that requirement at Rockwood, according to a news release from the health district.

His job will be to provide leadership for the protection of public health, enforce public health regulation and serve as an adviser to elected officials on community health and safety, the health district said.

Lutz has been a board of health member at the health district for the last eight years and has been a site reviewer for the Public Health Accreditation Board.

He earned his medical degree from Temple University and completed a residency in family medicine and fellowships in sports medicine and integrative medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in public health and is board certified in family medicine.

The previous health officer, Dr. Joel McCullough, left in February 2016 to work for Providence Health Care. Dr. Sam Artzis, of Colville, served as the interim health officer until Lutz was hired last week.

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