David Abramson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is director of research at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness. He is the principal investigator of the longitudinal Gulf Coast Child & Family Health Study, an examination of need recovery among 1,000+ randomly sampled displaced and impacted families in Louisiana and Mississippi. Dr. Abramson is also an associate editor of the American Medical Association (AMA) peer-reviewed journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. From 1993 through 1996 and again from 1998 through 2005 Dr. Abramson was co-investigator and project director of a longitudinal HIV cohort study, and has written over fifty reports analyzing the system of HIV/AIDS care in the New York metropolitan area. Between 1996 and 1998 Dr. Abramson was the senior program officer at The New York Academy of Medicine’s Division of Public Health, and in that capacity served as the editorial and research director of a major project examining collaboration between medicine and public health.
His areas of study include disaster recovery and resiliency, the social ecology of vulnerability, risk communication targeted to high-risk or elusive communities, and survey research on preparedness attitudes and behaviors. Other current disaster-related research activities include a study of “Elusive Communities” and how hidden populations such as undocumented immigrants hear and respond to public health emergency messaging; the American Hotspots project, which focuses on the measurement and mapping of social vulnerability and hazard; and a CDC-funded evaluation of risk messaging and community engagement, and the identification of appropriate mechanisms for two-way communication.
Dr. Abramson holds a doctorate in socio-medical sciences with a specialization in political science, and a master of public health degree, both from Columbia University.
Nancy E. Adler, Ph.D. (Planning Committee Chair), is a professor of medical psychology in the departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and director of the Center for Health and Community at the University of California, San Francisco. A social psychologist by training, Dr. Adler's research interests include the impact of risk perception on reproductive and sexual health decision making and identification of mechanisms by which socioeconomic status (SES) influences health. In the area of risk perception, she has studied how adolescents' perceptions of risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy influence sexual behavior and use of contraceptives. Dr. Adler's research on SES and health has focused on how social, psychological, and biological factors associated with SES act together to determine the onset and progression of disease, and how the relationship of SES and health may differ depending on gender and ethnicity. She is the author of over 150 articles, books, and book chapters and is currently a member of the editorial boards for the journals Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Health Psychology, and Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Dr. Adler was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1994. She served as a member of the IOM Committee on Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (1995-1997) and chaired the Committee on Psychosocial Services to Cancer Patients/Families in a Community Setting (2006 -2007). Dr. Adler received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University.
John C. Bailar, III, M.D., Ph.D. (Planning Committee Member), is a professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and founding Chair of the Department of Health Studies there. A retired commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Bailar worked at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda for 22 years, and since then he has held academic appointments at Harvard and McGill University. Dr. Bailar's research interests focus on the interpretation of statistical evidence in medicine, with special emphasis on cancer. For six years Dr. Bailar was editor-in-chief of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. For 11 years he was the statistical consultant for The New England Journal of Medicine, and more recently he has been a member of the Editorial Board of that journal.
Dr. Bailar is a member of the Institute of Medicine and earned his M.D. from Yale in 1955 and his Ph.D. in statistics from American University in 1973.
Scott Barnhart, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of Medicine and Global Health and division director of Health Systems Strengthening at I-TECH at the University of Washington. Dr. Barnhart’s background and training have included extensive clinical work, and developing training and research programs in medicine, occupational health and health systems in resource limited environments. Prior to his current position, Dr. Barnhart was the associate dean for Clinical Affairs, the medical director of the Harborview Medical Center, and a senior clinical advisor at the I-TECH department of Global Health.
Dr. Barnhart received his medical degree from George Washington University in 1979 and his master of public health in 1986 from the University of Washington.
Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. As America’s Doctor, she provides the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of the nation. Dr. Benjamin also oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health of the American People.
Dr. Benjamin is Founder and Former CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama, former Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, and immediate Past Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States In 1995, she was the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. She served as President of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and Chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA). In 2002 she became President of the Medical Association State of Alabama, making her the first African American female president of a State Medical Society in the United States.
Dr. Benjamin has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans; M.D. degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham; an M.B.A. from Tulane University and five Honorary Doctorates. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, GA. She established a clinic in a small fishing village in Alabama to help its uninsured residents. Dr. Benjamin persevered through Hurricane Georges in 1998, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and a devastating fire, in 2006, often putting up her own money to cover expenses. She also became nationally prominent for her business acumen and humane approach to preventive medicine.
Dr. Benjamin is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was a Kellogg National Fellow and a Rockefeller Next Generation Leader. Some of her numerous board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and Morehouse School of Medicine.
In 1998 Dr. Benjamin was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She was named by Time Magazine as one of the “Nation’s 50 Future Leaders Under Age 40 and Under.” She was featured in a New York Times article, “Angel in a White Coat,” in People Magazine, on the December 1999 cover of Clarity Magazine and was on the January 2003 cover of Reader’s Digest, She was also “Person of the Week” on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and “Woman of the Year’ by CBS This Morning. She received the 2000 National Caring Award which was inspired by Mother Teresa, received the papal honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Benedict XVI and was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award Fellowship.
Thomas E. Bernard, Ph.D., is a professor in the College of Public Health and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of South Florida. His primary research interest is heat stress exposure assessment. In particular, he has proposed methods to account for protective clothing in the context of customary heat stress occupational exposure guidelines. In addition, Dr. Bernard investigates the use of personal monitoring to limit heat stress exposures or to demonstrate good management practices. He has also consulted with government and industry on heat stress management.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities in occupational health and safety, Dr. Bernard is the current president of the Board of Directors of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He is a current member and past chair of the ACGIH® Physical Agents Committee.
Dr. Bernard’s Ph.D. was earned from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh and he holds engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Bruce Clements, M.P.H., serves as Preparedness Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services where he is responsible for health and medical preparedness and response programs ranging from pandemic influenza to the health impact of hurricanes. He is an Adjunct Instructor for the Saint Louis University, Institute for Biosecurity where he teaches on the public health response to terrorism and infectious disease threats. He holds undergraduate degrees in Disaster Preparedness, Bioenvironmental Engineering, and Business Administration, and a Master of Public Health degree. His military experience includes over 23 years of service with assignments that include serving as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Defense Instructor and as a Public Health Officer. He has also served as the Public Health Preparedness Director for the State of Missouri and as an Infection Control Occupational Health Intervention Manager at BJC Healthcare. He has lectured extensively on public health preparedness topics, published peer-reviewed articles and books on preparedness, and served as a media resource for outlets such as CNN, FOX News, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press.
Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., is the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an adjunct professor of pathology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School as well as a member of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
Dr. Cohen's work focuses on the roles of stress, affect, and social support systems in health and well-being. He has published theoretical and empirical work on the effects of aircraft noise on health and development of school children, and on the roles of stress and social networks in physical and mental health. Over the last 25 years he has studied the effects of psychological stress, social support, and social status on immunity and susceptibility to infectious disease. This work attempts to identify the neuroendocrine, immune, and behavioral pathways that link stress, personality, and social networks to disease susceptibility. He is also involved in studies of the effects of psychosocial factors on the onset and progression of asthma, and on the effectiveness of social support interventions in facilitating psychological adjustment and disease progression in women with breast cancer. His current work focuses on how interpersonal dispositions and behaviors influence immunity and host resistance to infectious disease.
He is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Psychology, the American Psychological Society's James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for outstanding lifetime contribution to research in applied psychology and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
Mary Currier, M.D., M.P.H., became Mississippi's State Health Officer in 2010 after serving as State Epidemiologist from 1993 to 2003, and again from 2007 to 2009. Prior to serving as State Epidemiologist, she was a medical consultant with the agency. Dr. Currier began her public health career with the Mississippi State Department of Health as a staff physician for the prenatal care, family planning, STD, and pediatrics programs.
Dr. Currier received her M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1983 and her M.P.H from the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1987.
Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D., is the Maxwell Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is Director of the UC Berkeley NIH/EPA Center for Excellence in Children's Environmental Health Research which investigates pesticide and other chemical exposures and their health effects on pregnant women and their children. As a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist, she has spent more than 30 years examining the effects of environmental exposures on male and female fertility, pregnancy, and children's health and development and has studied numerous agents including cigarette smoke, environmental tobacco smoke, benzene and other solvents, lead, manganese, dioxin, organochlorine and organophosphate pesticides, flame retardants, as well as other environmental agents.
Dr. Eskenazi has conducted research investigating the health of populations affected by environmental disasters such as the polybrominated biphenyls accident in Michigan, Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, September 11th, and currently, the dioxin explosion in Seveso Italy, where she is investigating the reproductive health of the women who resided there. Dr. Eskenazi is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Journal of Environmental and Public Health. She served on the State of California’s Scientific Advisory Board for the Toxics Initiative (Proposition 65), the Scientific Advisory Board of the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, and on the Study Design Working Group of the National Children’s Study. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Children, Youth, and Families and is currently a member of the Expert Committee for the Stockholm Convention.
William H. Farland, Ph.D., is the vice president for research at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He is also a professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at that institution. He serves as the chief institutional advocate and facilitator for faculty research activities and is responsible for programmatic excellence in research.
In 2006, Dr.Farland was appointed deputy assistant administrator for science in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). He had served as the acting deputy assistant administrator since 2001. In 2003, Dr. Farland was appointed chief scientist in the Office of the Agency Science Advisor. He served as EPA’s acting science advisor throughout 2005. Formerly, he was the director of the ORD’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) which had major responsibility for the conduct of chemical-specific risk assessments in support of EPA regulatory programs, the development of Agency-wide guidance on risk assessment, and the conduct of research to improve risk assessment.
Dr. Farland served on a number of executive-level committees and advisory boards within the federal government. In 2005-2006, he chaired the Executive Committee of the National Toxicology Program (NTP). He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, a public member of the American Chemistry Council’s Strategic Science Team for its Long Term Research Initiative (ACC/LRI) and a member of the Programme Advisory Committee for the WHO’s International Programme on Chemical Safety. Dr. Farland currently serves as Chair of an External Advisory Group for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and as a member of a standing committee of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2002, Dr. Farland was recognized by the Society for Risk Analysis with the “Outstanding Risk Practitioner Award,” and in 2005 was appointed as a Fellow of the Society. In 2006, he received a Presidential Rank Award for his service as a federal senior executive. In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences.
Dr. Farland holds a Ph.D. from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Cell Biology and Biochemistry.
Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, is a professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her areas of focus are children’s environmental health research, public health preparedness, and environmental health policy. She has joint appointments in the Departments of Health Policy and Management and Epidemiology and in Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
From 1993-1998, Dr. Goldman served as Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS). In that position she was responsible for the nation's pesticide, toxic substances and pollution prevention laws. In this job she was responsible for managing a number of complex regulatory and science issues. Her achievements included: expanding the Toxics Release Inventory, reauthorizing the nation’s pesticides laws (Food Quality Protection Act of 1996); and development of a framework for the regulation of biotechnology chemical and pesticide products. She led consensual processes that developed frameworks for testing of high volume industrial chemicals and for identification of chemicals that disrupt endocrine systems.
Between 1985-1993, Dr. Goldman served at the California Department of Health Services, most recently as head of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control. She led public health efforts to respond to emergencies such as earthquakes and unintentional releases of pesticides in communities. She conducted public health investigations on pesticides, childhood lead poisoning and other environmental hazards.
She has a BS from UC Berkeley, an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, an MD from UC San Francisco, and pediatric training at Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California. She has served on numerous boards and expert committees, including the Committee on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Committee. Dr. Goldman is a member of the Institute of Medicine and vice chairman of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences.
Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., is a professor of environmental and occupational health and the former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He is a physician, board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and in Toxicology. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Goldstein has served as assistant administrator for research and development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1983-1985. He has chaired a dozen National Research Council (NRC) and IOM committees and is a member of the IOM Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine and the of NAS Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. He has been president of the Society for Risk Analysis, is currently editor-in-chief of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), and has served as a member or chairperson of numerous U.S. governmental and WHO committees, including chairperson of the NIH Toxicology Study Section and EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. He was the initial chair of the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Jimmy Guidry, M.D., is currently the state health officer of Louisiana, and also serves as the Medical Director for the Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH). Prior to this, Dr. Guidry served as the assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health from October 1996 through January 2000, and as the medical director of the Acadian Region from April 1990 through April 1991. In addition, Dr. Guidry served as the director of adolescent services at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine, Pediatric Department, Earl K. Long Hospital from January 1985 to March 1990. He also worked in pediatric private practice from July 1981 through December 1984.
Dr. Guidry presently chairs various task forces, including the DHH Obesity Task Force, the Child Death Review Panel, and the Governor’s Task Force on Tuberculosis.
He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Southwestern in 1974, earned his doctorate from the LSU School of Medicine in 1978, and completed his residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in 1981. He has been board certified since 1984 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
John Howard, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., LL.M., is the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations from 1991 through 2002.
Dr. Howard received his Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago in 1974, his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1982, his Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986, and his Master of Law in Administrative Law from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1987.
Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy.
Blanca Laffon, Ph.D., B.A., is an associate professor at the University of A Coruña, Spain. Her area of scientific activity is the study of the effect of pollutants on the organisms, especially at the molecular and cytogenetic level. Along her 13 years of professional research activity, she has conducted several studies in vitro and in human populations aimed to evaluate the genotoxicity and cytotoxicity associated with exposure to chemical substances present in the environment.
She obtained her Bachelor in Pharmacy by the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with honors and extraordinary award in 1996, and her honors degree in Pharmacy with honors in the same year and university. She got her Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with honors and extraordinary award in 2001. She is also postgraduate in Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics (2002, University of Barcelona, Spain) and in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology (2006, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain).
Maureen Lichtveld, M.D., M.P.H. (Planning Committee Member), has a 28 year career in public health and currently is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests include environmentally-induced disease such as asthma and cancer; environmental health policy; community-based participatory research; disaster preparedness, and public health systems. She holds an endowed chair in environmental policy and was also appointed as Associate Director, Population Sciences of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. In 2008, Dr. Lichtveld received the Herbert Nickens Award from the National Intercultural Cancer Council for leadership in cancer health disparities and educating minority health professionals in cancer care. In 2007, she was awarded Woman of the Year by the City of New Orleans for her contributions to science and well being.
Dr. Lichtveld is the principal investigator and chair of the Steering Committee for Head Off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), and NIH-funded study. She provides scientific oversight for all clinical, environmental, and community engagement aspects of this novel pediatric asthma intervention examining the relationship between exposure to Post-Katrina mold and exacerbation of Childhood asthma. She is the co-principal investigator of the recently funded NIH Gulf Coast Transdisciplinary Research Center for Community Health, a multi-institutional collaborative center engaged in disaster preparedness community-based participatory research, emphasizing vulnerable populations. Dr. Lichtveld also serves on the Science Board of the American Public Health Association. She was recently elected as the Chair of the Environmental and Occupational Health Council of the Association of Schools of Public Health.
Dr. Lichtveld completed a successful 18 year career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in several leadership capacities. During her tenure at ATSDR she put in place an array of national environmental health programs including public health assessments and studies of populations exposed to hazardous substances present in the environment. She also led the Agency’s Minority Health and Environmental Justice program. Dr. Lichtveld conducted numerous community-based studies in minority and disadvantaged populations nationwide, many of which focused on cancer as the health outcome of concern. Under her leadership, the first national core competencies for cancer care were developed. During her tenure at CDC Dr. Lichtveld received numerous honors, including: Special Service Award for her participation in the aftermath of September 11, 2001; Public Health Service Special Recognition Award; CDC Environmental Health Scientist of the Year.
Paul J. Lioy, Ph.D., is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Piscataway, N.J. He is deputy director for Government Relations and Director of Exposure Science at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) of Rutgers University (RU) and RWJMS-UMDNJ. Dr. Lioy received the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) Jerome Wesolowski Award for Lifetime Achievement in Exposure in 1998, was the recipient of the Frank Chambers Award for lifetime achievement in Air Pollution from the Air and Waste Management Association in 2003, was the 2006 Recipient of the RWJMS . Walter Schesinger Basic Science Mentoring Award, and was named the Rutgers University Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumnus in Mathematics, Engineering and Physical Sciences in 2008. In 2009 he received a National Conservation Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, and also received their Founders Trustees, Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal for Patriotism, and is the ISES 2009-2011 Distinguished Lecturer Awardee.
Dr. Lioy is a member of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) of the US EPA, and was on the National Research Council, Board of Toxicology and Environmental Studies. He has been a member or chaired National Research Council committees, and Science Advisory Board committees. He was also the Co-chair of the WTC Expert Technical Panel from 2004-2006. He is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, Carpi, Italy, and was also a founder and Past-President of International Society for Exposure Science. He was an academic councilor to the New Jersey Legislature for over 8 years, and was Chair of the Clean Air Council. Dr. Lioy has been executive editor or associate editor scientific journals and is currently an Associate editor of the J. Environmental Health Perspectives, and of the Journal of. Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. He has published over 245 scientific papers. Since 2002 he has been identified by the Information Science Institute as one of the most highly cited scientists in the category of Environment/Ecology. His research has been funded for >30 years by numerous federal and state agencies, and other organizations on air pollution, environmental health, and toxic materials. He recently published the book, Dust: The inside story of its role in the September 11th aftermath, has been written to discuss what was learned, the unknowns and ways the government and public can evaluate and prepare in the face of any future natural or terrorist events.
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ASPR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response serves as the Secretary's principal advisor on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. ASPR also coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other Federal departments, agencies, and offices, and State and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. The mission of her office is to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.
Prior to that, she was Senior Natural Scientist and the Paul O’ Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy at the RAND Corporation. There she directed RAND’s public health and preparedness work as well as RAND’s Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She has previously served in federal government, as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services; in state government, as Medical Advisor to the Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health; and in academia, as Professor in the University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Lurie has a long history in the health services research field, primarily in the areas of access to and quality of care, managed care, mental health, prevention, public health infrastructure and preparedness and health disparities.
Dr. Lurie attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her residency and M.S.P.H. at UCLA, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. She served as Senior Editor for Health Services Research and has served on editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous journals. She has served on the council and was President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and on the board of directors for AcademyHealth, and has served on multiple other national committees. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AHSR Young Investigator Award, the Nellie Westerman Prize for Research in Ethics, the Heroine in Health Care Award, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
Finally, Dr. Lurie continues to practice clinical medicine in the health care safety net in Washington, DC.
Mike Magee, M.D., is president of Positive Medicine Inc., a strategic health communications firm. In 2007, with input from the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Magee launched the Healthy-Waters Movement to educate the public regarding the topic of water and mobilize health professionals on behalf of our environment.
Working with the creative team that produced Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, Dr.Magee produced “the Healthy-Waters Tour”, a one hour, high impact, big screen presentation that addresses the relationship between water and agriculture, industry, energy, urban policy, disaster management, population growth, war and disease. Since its launch, the presentation has been featured by the World Water Organization at the UN, the Water Environment Federation, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the UN’s World Environment Day 2010, and the Global Issues Consortium at Disney World.
Beginning as a country doctor in rural New England, Dr. Magee later became senior vice president of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and director of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. He has served as a senior fellow in the Humanities to the World Medical Association, a David Rockefeller Fellow, and a Master Scholar at New York University School of Medicine. He is a past-president of the National Association of Physician Broadcasters and past chairman of the board of Very Special Arts (VSA) for the Disabled at the Kennedy Center.
Daniel R. Masys, M.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Masys served as chief of the Inter¬national Cancer Research Data Bank of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and from 1986 through 1994 was director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine. In this capacity, he served as principal program architect of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which hosts the data from the Human Genome Project and other molecular biology information resources and analysis tools.
Dr. Masys’ research interests are in genome-phenome correlation using phenotype data derived from electronic medical records systems, creation of tools to facilitate clinical and translational research, and methods for pooling and meta-analysis of HIV epidemiology data from multi-lingual, international sources.
Dr. Masys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He is board certified in hematology and medical oncology, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a fellow and past president of the American College of Medical Informatics. He was a founding associate editor of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and has received numerous awards including the NIH Director's Award and the U.S. Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal. An honors graduate of Princeton University (biochemistry and molecular genetics) and the Ohio State University College of Medicine, he completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego.
Thomas Matte, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of Urban Public Health in the Environmental and Occupational Health Science track at Hunter College and the City University of New York School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Hunter faculty in 2010, Dr. Matte served as a medical epidemiologist at the National Center for Environmental Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. At the Health Department, Dr. Matte directed studies to improve population exposure assessment, surveillance, and prevention of illness and death related to extreme heat and air pollution in New York City. Dr. Matte also participated in public health responses to the World Trade Center attacks and anthrax cases in 2001, the 2003 blackout, and the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. His prior work spanned several environmental and chronic disease areas including: pathways, risk factors, and prevention of lead exposure, asthma in daycare populations, prenatal and early life exposures and their relationship to later health, and evaluating New York City Health Department initiatives.
Linda A. McCauley, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., R.N. (Planning Committee Member), is a professor and the dean of Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Dr. McCauley has special expertise in the design of epidemiological investigations of environmental hazards and is nationally recognized for her expertise in occupational and environmental health nursing. Her work aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions to decrease the impact of environmental and occupational health hazards in vulnerable populations, including workers and young children. Dr. McCauley was previously the associate dean for Research and the Nightingale Professor in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
She received a bachelor of nursing degree from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s in nursing from Emory, and a doctorate degree in environmental health and epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati. She became a Member of the Institute of Medicine in 2008 and previously served on the committees for Update 2006 and Update 2008 in the Veterans and Agent Orange series.
Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Sc.D., L.H.D. (Planning Committee Member), was named as the third director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the second director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on June 18, 1991, by Dr. Louis Sullivan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is the first African-American to become director of one of the 18 institutes of the National Institutes of Health during the history of the agency.
Dr. Olden is a cell biologist and biochemist by training, and has been active in research into the properties of cell surface molecules and their possible roles in cancer for more than two decades. He was director of the Howard University Cancer Center and professor and chairman of the Department of Oncology at Howard University Medical School (1985-1991), Washington, D.C., before coming to NIEHS. He joined Howard in 1979 as Associate Director for Research after a stint at the National Institutes of Health, first as a senior staff fellow, then expert, then research biologist in the Division of Cancer Biology and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute.
As a result of Dr. Olden's outstanding contributions, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1994, he won the City of Medicine Award in 1996, and, in 1997, he was presented an inaugural award for public policy leadership in protecting health and the environment by the National Association of Physicians for the Environment. In addition, he was the recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 1997 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Olden has also received the NIH Quality of Life Award and the NIH Quality of Work Life Award for outstanding efforts to improve the quality of work life for NIH employees. More recently, he was inducted into the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and was honored at the Jubilation Concert 2000 by the Children's Health Environment Coalition for Leadership Role in Children's Environmental Health Research.
He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Knoxville College, his master's degree at the University of Michigan, and his doctoral degree from Temple University, with research done at the University of Rochester. He held postdoctoral fellowships and then was a Macy Faculty Fellow as an instructor at Harvard Medical School before joining NIH.
Howard J. Osofsky, M.D., Ph.D., is the Kathleen and John Bricker Chair at Department of Psychiatry at Louisiana State Univeristy Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). Under his leadership, LSUHSC’s Department of Psychiatry has expanded services for underserved in New Orleans. He has played an important role in developing community psychosocial preparedness programs for first responders and mental health professionals to improve responses following disaster and terrorism. He is co-director of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center (LRTSC), part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Osofsky was asked to be Clinical Director for Louisiana Spirit, the Department of Health and Hospital’s Crisis Counseling Program under the Stafford Disaster Act. At the request of the Mayor of New Orleans, he led services for first responders and their families and worked with reopening schools in devastated parishes. He has consulted and provided training in New York following 9/11, in China and Taiwan following earthquakes and typhoons, and in Chile following the recent earthquake.
Dr. Osofsky has received numerous honors and awards including “Best Department Chair” from American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Medal of Honor by the Mayor of New Orleans for his work with the police and community, and the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2010, he received the Humanitarian award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the Distinguished Public Service Award from New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Departments of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical Colleges, and Presidential Commendation at the Distinguished Fellows Convocation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
Ed Overton, Ph.D., is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Dept of Environmental Studies, School of the Coast and Environment at LSU in Baton Rouge. Until his retirement in May 2009, he was the Clairborne Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Air Quality, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Analytical Specialists Inc., a technology start-up company commercializing Overton's invention of a small, fast portable GC instrument. Dr. Overton has be the lead chemist for NOAA's Hazardous Materials Response Devision for over 25 years providing chemical hazard assessments for oil and hazardous chemical spills in all marine areas under US jurisdiction. His expertise includes the detection and fates and effects of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment.
Lawrence Palinkas, Ph.D., is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He joined the USC School of Social Work faculty in 2005 after serving as professor of family and preventive medicine and director of Immigrant/Refugee Health Studies in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He also holds appointments in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC.
A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise lie within preventive medicine, cross-cultural medicine and health services research. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in health disparities, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion. Current research encompasses mental health services, immigrant health and global health. Specific projects explore the mental health needs of individuals in extreme and unusual environments and communities impacted by natural and manmade disasters; cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization; evaluation of academic-community research practice partnerships; and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services to children, adolescents and underserved populations. He also provides expertise to students and colleagues in the use of qualitative and mixed research methods.
Current research studies include "Innovation and the Use of Research Evidence in Public Youth-Serving Systems”, “Social Networks and EBP Implementation in Public Youth-Serving Systems”, “Engaging Homeless Youth in Vocational Training to Meet Their Mental Health Needs”, “Cascading Diffusion of an Evidence-Based Child Maltreatment Intervention”, “Mixed-Methods Study of a Statewide EBP Implementation”, and “Proyecto Parejas: HIV/STI Risks among FSWs and their non-commercial partners”.
Among his scholarly achievements are the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy in 1989; deputy chief officer of the Life Sciences Standing Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in 2002; chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's External Advisory Council in 2003; and membership on committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Palinkas is an elected fellow of the American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology and the author of more than 240 publications.
Irwin Redlener, M.D., is professor of Clinical Population and Family Health and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, and is one of ten members of the congressionally-established National Commission on Children and Disasters. Dr. Redlener speaks and writes extensively on national disaster preparedness policies, pandemic influenza, the threat of terrorism in the U.S. and related issues. Dr. Redlener is also president and co-founder of the Children's Health Fund and has expertise in health care systems, crisis response and public policy with respect to access to health care for underserved populations.
Dr. Redlener, a pediatrician, has worked extensively in the Gulf region following hurricane Katrina where he helped establish on-going medical and public health programs. He also organized medical response teams in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 and has had disaster management leadership experience internationally and nationally. He is the author of Americans At Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared For Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now, published in August 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Linda Rosenstock, MD, MPH (Planning Committee Member), is currently Dean of the UCLA School of Public Health. Prior to this position, she served as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) where she was instrumental in creating a framework for guiding occupational safety and health research. This agenda was developed in collaboration with 500 external partners. Dr. Rosenstock has been active internationally in teaching and research in occupational and environmental health and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization. She has expertise in occupational and environmental medicine health care delivery as well as in the role of federal government in health sciences research and policy. She is a recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and was elected to the IOM in 1995.
Nalini Sathiakumar, MD, Dr.P.H., is associate director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health and associate professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her area of study includes environmental and occupational epidemiology, and her work spans South Asia and the United States (US). She is the principal investigator of the UAB-South Asia International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH) now in its ninth year of funding from the National Institutes of Health-Fogarty International Center. Partnering with three premier institutions in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka for the ITREOH, Dr. Sathiakumar’s research centers on air pollution (indoor and outdoor), heavy metals, and pesticides with a special focus on the adverse health effects in pregnant mothers and young children. She also conducted a study on the acute effects of oil spill from a Greek supertanker ‘Tasman Sprit’ which ran aground in Karachi, Pakistan. Besides research, she has developed curriculum and initiated the Master of Public Health program in Applied Epidemiology in two of the three international institutions, and is currently developing the curriculum for an environmental and occupational track in the MPH program at all three institutions. Annually, she travels to provide short courses at these international sites.
In the United States, Dr. Sathiakumar’s research has mainly focused on occupational health. Her past research includes follow-up studies of workers in the synthetic rubber, petroleum, chemical, plastics, semiconductor and pesticide manufacturing industries. Other research comprised of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded research project on environmental tobacco smoke and children's health and a mother-child intervention to reduce exposure. Her current research includes investigations of female synthetic rubber industry workers, triazine herbicides and cancer, cancer outcomes in the elderly, and a study on air pollution and adverse health effects in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Sathiakumar has a fellowship in pediatric medicine and a doctoral degree in epidemiology with a specialization in environmental and occupational health. She is the recipient of the President’s award for Excellence in Teaching and a UN-USA Birmingham Chapter award for outstanding public health service.
David Savitz, Ph.D. (Planning Committee Member), is the Charles W. Bluhdorn Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine, and Director of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Disease Prevention at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and moved to the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1985. He served as the Carey C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology until the end of 2005. His teaching is focused on epidemiologic methods and he recently authored a book entitled “Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence.” He directed 29 doctoral dissertations at the University of North Carolina and 13 masters theses. He has served as editor at the American Journal of Epidemiology and as a member of the Epidemiology and Disease Control-1 study section of the National Institutes of Health and currently is an editor at Epidemiology. He was President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and North American Regional Councilor for the International Epidemiological Association. His primary research activities and interests are in reproductive, environmental, and cancer epidemiology.
Dr. Savitz received his undergraduate training in Psychology at Brandeis University and a Masters degree in Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University in 1978, and his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 1982.
Peter S. Spencer, Ph.D., F.R.C.Path., is presently a Center for Research on Occupational & Environmental Toxicology (CROET) senior scientist, a professor of Neurology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and founding director of the OHSU Global Health Center. Previously, Dr. Spencer was a professor of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Pathology-Neuropathology, and the Director of New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECM) Institute of Neurotoxicology. He moved to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland to found the CROET, an OHSU research institute for which he served as Director for 21 years.
Dr. Spencer has served on the Science Advisory Board, National Center for Toxicological Research; the National Advisory Environmental Health Science Council; and on boards and committees of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. At OHSU, he has led federally funded research initiatives addressing the response of the nervous system to chemical exposures, including the Portland Environmental Hazards Research Center, a Superfund Basic Research Center and a Child Health and Neurotoxicogenomics Research Center. His body of research on the etiology and pathogenesis of human neurological disease, including a focus on the neurotoxicology of petroleum chemicals, has received national and international recognition. He is presently collaborating with the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a joint effort to seek the genetic basis of an individual’s susceptibility to occupational hydrocarbon solvent neurotoxicity.
A trained neurotoxicologist, Dr. Spencer received his baccalaureate and doctoral degrees from the University of London and underwent postdoctoral training at AECM, where he was named Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Fellow in the Neurosciences.
Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H., is Florida's first state surgeon general and the first woman and Cuban American to serve as head of the Department. She is charged to act as the state's leading advocate for wellness and disease prevention.Dr. Viamonte Ros is a member of several health advisory groups focused on the health of our state's children, including the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, the Governor's Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Children and Youth Cabinet.
Dr. Viamonte Ros came to DOH from Armor Correctional Health Services, where she oversaw the clinical operations of Florida's eight largest jail systems, as well as three correctional facilities in Virginia. She has also volunteered with programs such as the Camillus House Homeless Initiative in Miami, the Health through Walls Organization in the Caribbean, and the Brookside Community Health Center in Massachusetts. Throughout her entire career, she has been a strong advocate for disadvantaged individuals and minority communities.
In 1983, the surgeon general earned her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, graduating with several awards and honors. In 2005, Dr. Viamonte Ros received her master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was the recipient of the Gareth Green Award for Excellence in Public Health, the highest student award. She has written several articles concerning HIV care, nursing, mental health and radiology and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
LuAnn E. White, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., is the Director of the Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Health (CAEPH) at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a toxicologist and professor in the Department of Environmental Health. She directs the Academic Partners of Excellence for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She also directs the New Orleans Study Center for the NIH National Children’s Study.
Dr. White’s research focuses on environmental factors that impact children’s health, particularly childhood lead poisoning and environmental triggers of asthma. She also studies other vulnerable population including the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the elderly. She also works on several studies with the EPHT network on the impact of air pollutants on respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. White has been a leader in developing models for environmental health training and education programs . She initiated the first master’s degree programs in environmental and occupational health using distance learning technologies in 1994. Currently, CAEPH offers 4 master’s degree programs by distance learning to build capacity among environmental and occupational health professionals.
Dr. White received her Ph.D. and completed a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Donald E. Williamson, M.D., was appointed State Health Officer and Director of the Alabama
Department of Public Health in 1992 after serving as Director of the Bureau of Preventive Health Services from 1988 to 1992 and prior to that as Director of the Division of Disease Control from 1986 to 1988. Prior to joining the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Williamson served as State Tuberculosis Control Officer at the Mississippi State Department of Health. Dr. Williamson has been the recipient of a number of awards; the 2009 Wallace Alexander Clyde Award from Children’s Hospital; the 2000 Arthur T. McCormack Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials for dedication and excellence in public health, the 1999 Theodore R. Ervin Award from the Public Health Foundation, and the 1999 Child Health Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was also the recipient of the 1997 D. G. Gill Award from the Alabama Public Health Association for outstanding contribution to public health in Alabama and the 1998 Internist of the Year Award from the Alabama Society of Internal Medicine.
On a national level, Dr. Williamson serves on the Region IV Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Council. He served on the Executive Committee of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and was President of the Association from 1997 to 1998. Among others, he served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Public Health Foundation, and the Steering Committee on Access for the Uninsured of the National Academy for State Health Policy. He serves on numerous boards and commissions at the state level.
Dr. Williamson received his medical degree, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1979. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Hospital in 1982 and is board certified in that specialty.