Response (ASPR). He also serves on the Chancellor’s Council for the University of Texas and is a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee, 471, 472, and 473. Prior to joining HHS/ASPR, Dr. Minson was the director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Preparedness and Response. He previously worked as the medical program coordinator for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center located at Texas A&M University, and served on the Oil and Gas Industry’s Corporate Emergency Response Team. He also held the position of director of emergency management and medical review for Harris County, TX. He was a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sponsor-investigator during his appointment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has been a CONTOMS physician in support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ATF, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Dr. Minson is an expert on mass casualty medical management. He has responded to a number of disasters, including the World Trade Center, the Columbia Shuttle recovery, several hurricanes, and most recently Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dr. Minson received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston.
Prasith (Sid) Baccam, Ph.D., is senior scientist for Innovative Emergency Management (IEM), Inc., Bel Air, MD. IEM is a risk management company providing services to private industry and government agencies. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Immunobiology from Iowa State University. Dr. Baccam was a postdoctoral research associate at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Bruce Baker is the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) coordinator for the state of Maryland. He joined the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after a successful career as a Fleet Marine Force Enlisted Warfare Specialist Chief Hospital Corpsman. His prior assignments included: leading chief petty officer of the National Naval Medical Pharmacy; plans operations and medical intelligence officer onboard the USNS Comfort, deployed during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; medical operations chief for 3rd Battalion 24th Marines; and medical planning chief for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He has been awarded four Navy Commendation Medals, five Navy Achievement Medals, six Good Conduct Medals, a Humanitarian Service Medal, and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.