In the past, Captain Martin Lloyd Sanders, Ph.D., served as the Director for Occupational Preparedness and Emergency Response and the Director for Environmental Health Services. He also served as the Director (Acting) for the Office of Health and Safety under the Center for Disease Control (CDC). As appointed by the Surgeon General, Capt. Sanders also served as the Chief Scientist for the United States Public Health Service from 2013 to 2017. He was serving as the Director for Safety, Environmental Compliance and Emergency Management in Federal Occupational Health (FOH/PSC). He was tasked with overseeing department-wide safety, environmental compliance, and emergency response policy in the department’s only non-appropriated, shared services provider that also supports strategic business growth and management initiatives.

As a U.S. Army veteran, Captain Martin Lloyd Sanders had many roles in the military, including chief biological threat assessment and chief intelligence officer for the 520th Theater Army Medical Laboratory. Captain Sanders received the prestigious Derek Dunn Memorial Scientist Officer of the Year award on April 2007 and three outstanding service medals and commendation medals as part of the USPHS Commissioned Corps. He also received two commendation medals, an achievement medal, and a National Defense Service ribbon from the U.S. Army.