Lakeland Regional Health



Daniel Haight, MD

Vice President of Community Health and Medical Director, LRHS Physicians Group

Dr. Daniel Haight is Lakeland Regional Medical Center’s Vice President of Community Health and Medical Director, LRHS Physicians Group. As Vice President of Community Health, he leverages his extensive experience directing, teaching, studying and treating public health issues as he leads LRHS in building healthier communities. As Medical Director, LRHS Physicians Group, Daniel works closely with other Lakeland Regional physician leaders in primary care, surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, oncology, wound care, emergency care and behavioral health. Working together with Daniel, they will strive to fulfill Lakeland Regional’s promises to treasure all people as uniquely created and to nurture, educate and guide with integrity.

In addition to his position at LRMC, Daniel is a practicing board certified infectious disease physician and was named on the Best Doctors of America list for 2009 and 2011 to 2013. He is also a past president of the Polk County Medical Association and serves as an associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine.

Prior to joining LRMC, Daniel served as the director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County for more than 16 years where he fulfilled the critical mission of providing health and wellness services and programs for community residents.  Under his leadership, the local health department operated seven clinics in five cities that included primary care, women’s health, prenatal care, pediatrics, international travel, dental, mental health, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

Daniel demonstrated his passion for providing care for all members of the community by serving the working uninsured as a physician at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine Free Clinic from its inception in 2001 until 2012 and still supports their mission. He is also an original member of the We Care Board of Directors. We Care organizes volunteer specialty medical care for the medically indigent.

Daniel has also taught and lectured on a variety of clinical topics related to internal medicine, infectious disease and community health. He is known for his ability to break down complex health topics so that individuals not only understand them, but also put his words into practice. As an experienced and gifted teacher and speaker, Daniel helps inform LRMC staff and patients as well as members of the community of health-related issues to raise awareness and facilitate wellness and good health.

In addition to Daniel’s many other professional accomplishments, he has received several recognitions, including those from Florida’s Governor, Secretary of Health and Surgeon General; the Florida Environmental Health Association, Citizen CPR, and the Healthy Start Coalition of Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties. He also earned several awards from Florida Tax Watch for ideas that save taxpayer dollars while providing excellent services to the citizens of Florida.


  • Fellowship, Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine,
  • MD, University of South Florida College of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of South Florida

Professional Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians – Fellow
  • American Society of Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease Society of America
  • The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Inc. – Fellow
  • Florida Public Health Association
  • Florida Environmental Health Association
  • Florida Infectious Disease Society

Recent Posts by Daniel Haight, MD

Jul 10, 2014 Getting Connected To Your Health
May 21, 2014 Use Caution While Cooling Off in Water
Nov 6, 2013 What happens when we are not well protected against the flu virus?
Sep 30, 2013 An Old Killer, Still Common Today, but Largely Unrecognized
Sep 24, 2013 e-Cigarettes: Are More Young People “Using” Them?
Aug 28, 2013 Understanding Psoriasis

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