Britain and Canada, health-care financing in the United States, professional-liability insurance problems, sickle-cell anemia, and coronary-care unit use. Dr. Bristow recently retired from private practice, but continues his other activities as a professional consultant. In addition, he is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association. He was chair of IOM’s Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America, which wrote the widely read reports To Err Is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Dr. Bristow was elected to IOM in 1978.


Harvey Checkoway, M.P.H., Ph.D., is professor in the Departments of Environmental and Health Sciences and of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He received his M.P.H. from Yale University and his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research and teaching are in occupational and environmental determinants of chronic diseases. Research projects for which Dr. Checkoway has been principal investigator include epidemiologic studies of cancer mortality in nuclear workers, cancer mortality in phosphate-industry workers, silicosis and lung cancer in silica-exposed diatomaceous-earth industry workers, lung cancer among chromate-exposed aerospace workers, reproductive hazards among lead-smelter workers, and environmental and genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s disease.


Paul Demers, M.Sc., Ph.D., is associate professor at the University of British Columbia School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He obtained his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington. His research interests include occupational cancer, occupational respiratory disease, and occupational risk factors for sinonasal cancer. His current research projects concern cancer among sawmill workers exposed to wood dust and fungicides, occupational noise exposure, and the risk of injuries and heart disease among sawmill workers.


Ellen Eisen, M.S., Sc.D., is adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She received an M.S. in biostatistics, an Sc.D. in biostatistics and occupational health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and an M.S. in operations research and statistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Eisen is interested in a variety of methodologic issues in occupational epidemiology, particularly new statistical methods to improve analysis of exposure-response data. She did early work toward standardizing measurement of pulmonary function for field studies. She has served on several National Academies committees.



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