many professional organizations and has served as a member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. Most recently, her completed research includes the first enumeration of the public health workforce in 20 years and the development of core competencies in emergency preparedness for public health workers. Dr. Gebbie received her master’s in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her doctorate in public health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Gebbie co-chaired the Institute’s Committee on Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century, and is currently chairing the Committee on Establishing a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Program.


Robert Wallace (Vice Chair) is Professor of epidemiology and internal medicine at the University of Iowa Colleges of Public Health and Medicine. He received the Irene Ensminger Stecher Professorship in April 1999 for cancer and heart disease-related research. He was formerly Head of the department of preventive medicine at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and the Director of the University of Iowa Cancer Center. Dr. Wallace’s research interests include cancer epidemiology and prevention; the causes and prevention of chronic, disabling diseases among older persons; women’s health issues; and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. He is a Principal Investigator of several large clinical trials. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He is an Institute of Medicine member and currently serves as Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Medical Follow-up Agency Board.


E. Russell Alexander is Professor Emeritus of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he has spent much of his career and was the first Chair of the Department of Epidemiology. His prior position was Chief of epidemiology for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health (1990-1998). Dr. Alexander worked from 1983 to 1989 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the area of control and prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago with a clinical specialization in infectious diseases and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Alexander is a member of the American Epidemiological Society, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. He is also a fellow of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Alexander has participated in an Institute of Medicine (IOM) forum on vaccine safety, and has been a member of four IOM committees, including the Committee on Immunization Finance Policies and Practices and the committee on vaccine safety.



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