In memoriam: Alumnus Dr. Frank Lisella

Published on January 31, 2018

Frank Lisella, 81, died peacefully on Jan. 18, 2018, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He earned a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa in 1970, and his career in public health practice spanned more than 50 years.  He received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2010.

In 1964, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, retiring in 1987 with a rank of Captain. While with the Corps, he worked primarily at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and completed his service there as director of the Office of Biosafety. Dr. Lisella was also active in the global public health arena consulting with organizations such as the Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, where he chaired the WHO Committee on Environmental Health Planning and Management.