David Abramson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Deputy Director and Director of Research at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute. Dr. Abramson’s areas of interest include disaster recovery and resiliency, the social ecology of vulnerability, risk communication targeted at high-risk or elusive communities, and rapid research strategies in postdisaster settings. Dr. Abramson is the principal investigator of the longitudinal Gulf Coast Child & Family Health Study, an examination of need and recovery among 1,000+ randomly sampled displaced and impacted families in Louisiana and Mississippi (2006–2010), and is Coinvestigator of an National Institutes of Health (NIH) study of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on children’s health. Additionally, Dr. Abramson is leading a foundation-funded effort to identify pediatric need along the Gulf Coast coupled with a youth empowerment intervention project in five Gulf Coast high schools. Other current or recent disaster-related research activities include studies of how U.S. cities recover from disasters, evolving trends in disaster philanthropy, the public health response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and the facilitation of health care coalitions in New York City. Prior to entering the field of public health in 1990, Dr. Abramson worked for a decade as a national magazine journalist, having written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Outside, and the San Francisco Examiner, among other publications. A former paramedic, Abramson holds a doctorate in sociomedical sciences with a specialization in political science and a master of public health degree, both from Columbia University.
Nell W. Allbritton, M.P.A., leads the institutional review board (IRB) for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) as the Director and Interim Chair. At DHH, she spearheads the reinvigoration of the DHH IRB to meet national best practices, maximizing the impact of research on Louisiana’s public health while protecting DHH consumers as human participants. As the DHH Data Compliance Officer, Ms. Allbritton also ensures DHH’s sharing of data meets federal and state regulatory requirements. She has been active in government administration at the federal, state, and local levels for 15 years, most recently as staff to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu. She began her M.P.A. at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and graduated with her M.P.A. from the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Joseph A. Barbera, M.D., is CoDirector of the George Washington University (GWU) Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM) (www.gwu.edu/~icdrm) in Washington, DC. He is also an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at GWU, where he created and teaches Masters and Doctoral level academic courses in emergency management. He has enjoyed a 25-year career as an emergency responder and consultant on emergency management. He was the lead medical consultant for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the development of the National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System, and performed the same role for the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) in developing the International Search & Rescue program. As member of the Fairfax County (Virginia) US&R Task Force, he participates as a medical officer for OFDA and FEMA responses and for the FEMA US&R Incident Support Team. His experience includes on-scene-response to hurricanes (2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma and others), mine disasters, earthquakes (Baguio City Philippines 1990, Northridge California 1994, Tou-Liu Taiwan 1999, and Haiti 2010), terrorist incidents (the Oklahoma City Bombing and the 9-11 Pentagon and World Trade Center attacks), bio-terrorism (Anthrax 2001), tsunami (Banda Aceh, Indonesia), and school collapse (Haiti 2008). He has helped plan and execute medical contingency capabilities for high security events (presidential inaugurations, State of the Union addresses, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 50th Anniversary Summit). As founding chair of the D.C. Hospital Association Emergency Preparedness Committee, Dr. Barbera coordinated the implementation of the Hospital Mutual Aid System for Washington, DC.
He has completed multiple research projects focusing on health and medical systems in emergency response and published a range of articles and guidance documents for emergency management and emergency response.
Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., FACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, is the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He was secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 1999 to 2002, following 4 years as its Deputy Secretary for public health services. For 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, state, and national levels with expertise in the areas of emergency preparedness, administration and infectious diseases. Dr. Benjamin serves as publisher of the field’s premier journal, the American Journal of Public Health, The Nation’s Health Newspaper and the APHA’s timeless publication on infectious diseases, the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual. He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters. His recent book, The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History, is an exposé of the nearly 100-year quest to ensure quality affordable health coverage for all through the use of political cartoons. Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; he also is a Fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.
Paul Biddinger, M.D., FACEP, is the Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP) at the Harvard School of Public Health and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard School of Public Health. He chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He is an active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of
preparedness and disaster medicine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. He completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard.
Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., DABT, ATS, became the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH, and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on January 18, 2009. In these roles Dr. Birnbaum oversees federal funding for biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. Several advisory boards and councils provide Dr. Birnbaum and NIEHS/NTP staff with input to accomplish this large task. Dr. Birnbaum is the first toxicologist and the first woman to lead the NIEHS/NTP. She has spent most of her career as a federal scientist. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in October 2010, one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Dr. Birnbaum’s own research and many of her publications focus on the pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals; mechanisms of actions of toxicants, including endocrine disruption; and linking of real-world exposures to health effects. Dr. Birnbaum also finds time to mentor the next generation of environmental health scientists. For example, she serves as adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Curriculum in Toxicology, and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as in the Integrated Toxicology Program at Duke University. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Birnbaum received her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Stephen Bradberry, B.S., is the Executive Director of Alliance Institute, the Gulf South’s premier nonprofit organization for training and technical skills assistance to individuals, communities, and organizations seeking to increase their capacity for community engagement. The organization currently oversees the community involvement portion of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, a 5-year program to strengthen health care, health literacy, and resiliency of Gulf Coast communities affected by the BP oil drilling disaster. A Chicago native, Mr. Bradberry is a veteran community organizer who has worked with low- and moderate-income
families and individuals for more than 20 years. His work has centered on organizing public interest campaigns to actively involve low-income families in addressing the social problems they face. He has led campaigns promoting a living wage, preventing predatory lending, preventing lead poisoning in children, and increasing voter participation. He has been tapped by the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation of Europe to assist in the development of their Human Rights Training Institute and mentors young activists, advocates, and organizers across the United States. In 2005, Mrs. Ethel Kennedy and Senator Edward Kennedy presented Bradberry with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for his efforts on behalf of the poor. At the event, then-Senator Barack Obama congratulated Mr. Bradberry for his work to defend the rights of the poor in New Orleans, saying, “You deserve this day in the sun,” and noting that Mr. Bradberry’s social activism plays to Robert Kennedy’s vision of a better world: “Somewhere there’s always been people like Steve Bradberry who believe that this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. People who believe that while evil and suffering will always exist, this is a country that has been fueled by small miracles and boundless dreams.”
Charles B. Cairns, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He previously served as the Director of Emergency Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (2004–2008), the largest academic clinical research organization in the world. For the past 25 years, Dr. Cairns has been a clinician, educator, investigator, and leader in emergency care focused on optimization of the host responses of individual patients and populations to acute and emergency medical conditions. His efforts have positively impacted the host response to infection, ischemia, injury and resuscitation for applications in emergency patient care, health systems and preparedness at the local, state, and national levels. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) National Collaborative for Bio-preparedness, and the Associate Director of the NIH U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group. Dr. Cairns has published more than 150 scientific articles and reviews, and he has received numerous awards and honors, including the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) Career Development Award, the EMF Established Investigator Award, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, and the 2014 John Marx Leadership Award, the highest award of the Society for Academic
Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Dr. Cairns has served in leadership positions within organized emergency medicine, including Co-Chair of the ACEP-SAEM Research Working Group, SAEM Program Chair, ACEP Research Committee Chair, and ACEP Scientific Review Committee Chair, and member of the EMF Board of Trustees, the Leadership Committee for the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care, the Steering Committee for the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) Task Force on Critical Care Research, and the Coordination Committee for the NIH National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. He was also a Co-Chair of the NIH Roundtables on Emergency Research. He has served on the editorial boards of both Academic Emergency Medicine and the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Cairns is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College and was a Holderness Medical Fellow at the University of North Carolina, where he received the Medical Faculty Award as the outstanding graduating medical student. He completed an emergency medicine residency and EMF Research Fellowship at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center. After serving on the UCLA faculty, he moved to the University of Colorado, where he became Director of the Colorado Emergency Medicine Research Center, leading it to become one of the first three national EMF Centers of Excellence. Dr. Cairns is board certified in emergency medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.
Gwen Collman, Ph.D., is Director of the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training, where she leads approximately 70 professional staff in areas of scientific program administration, peer review, and the management and administration of about 1,500 active grants each year. She directs scientific activities across the field of environmental health sciences, including basic sciences (i.e., DNA repair, epigenetics), organ-specific toxicology (i.e., reproductive, respiratory), public health–related programs (i.e., environmental epidemiology and public health), and training and career development. She also oversees the implementation of the Superfund Research Program, the Worker Education and Training Program, and the NIEHS Centers for Nanotechnology Health Implications Research consortium. Prior to her current role, Dr. Collman served in program development and management, beginning in 1992 and as Chief of the Susceptibility and Population Health Branch. During this time, she directed research on the role of genetic and environmental factors on the development of human disease, from animal models of genetic susceptibility to population studies focusing on etiology and intervention. She
was responsible for building the NIEHS grant portfolio in environmental and molecular epidemiology and developed several complex multidisciplinary research programs. These include the NIEHS Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers Program, the NIEHS/Environmental Protection Agency Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention, and the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative. Also, under her guidance a team created a vision for the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health programs. Dr. Collman received a Ph.D. in environmental epidemiology from University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1984.
Sharon Croisant (Petronella), Ph.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the School of Medicine’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health. She holds a doctorate in epidemiology and a master’s in health promotion and education. She also currently directs the NIEHS-funded University of Texas Medical Branch Center in Environmental Toxicology’s Community-based Research Facility as well as its Community Outreach and Engagement Core. She is a Center investigator within the Institute for Translational Sciences, which houses the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, for which she serves as Director of the Community Engagement and Research Key Resource. A major focus of her career has been translational or integrative research, i.e., building interfaces between and among environmental and clinical research, education, and community health. She has considerable expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research, including its applications in Environmental Justice communities, and is currently the co-PI of a grant from NIEHS to investigate the long-term health effects of consumption of Gulf seafood potentially contaminated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting unprecedented oil spill. She has collaborated on multiple projects designed to elucidate the causes and mechanisms of asthma exacerbations related to air pollution and has established longstanding, ongoing collaborative relationships with community stakeholders with a vested interest in using these research findings to direct community-based intervention and outreach activities. An active member of the UTMB faculty, she is the past Chair of the institutional Faculty Senate and serves on a national Scientific Advisory Panel for the Environmental Protection Agency. She is now in the process of developing a more fully integrated Gulf Coast Regional Environmental Health Science Network, building on relationships previously established with coastal communities in the aftermath of both natural and man-made disasters.
Diane DiEuliis, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), HHS, a position she has held since August 2011. In this position, she is responsible for assisting in the coordination of policy and strategic planning for components of ASPR and directly supporting the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. Prior to joining HHS, Dr. DiEuliis was the Assistant Director for Life Sciences and Behavioral and Social Sciences in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. During her 4-year tenure at the White House, she was responsible for coordinating health issues among federal departments and agencies and was involved in developing policy in areas such as biosecurity, biosafety, human subjects, synthetic biology, federal scientific collections, public access, and biotechnology. She also managed portfolios in the Science of Science Policy (devoted to measuring the outcomes of federal investments in science and technology), and Research Business Models (devoted to streamlining administrative requirements in the grants and contracts process). Dr. DiEuliis also worked to help coordinate agency response to public health issues such as the H1N1 flu. Prior to working at OSTP, she was a Program Director at NIH, where she managed a diverse portfolio of neuroscience research in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. She completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Delaware and completed her postdoctoral research in the NIH Intramural research program, where she focused on cellular and molecular neuroscience.
Shelley DuTeaux, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Assistant Deputy Director for Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Prior to joining CDPH, Dr. DuTeaux was the Emergency Response Coordinator for the California Air Resources Board, where she assisted with monitoring, modeling, and assessing toxic air releases. She also served as lead toxicologist for the California Accidental Release Prevention Program and as the Emergency Response Coordinator for the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Before coming to work for the state of California in 2005, Dr. DuTeaux held multiple positions at the national weapons laboratories, with the state of New Mexico, and with nonprofit health agencies. Dr. DuTeaux is a recognized expert in exposure assessment of wildfire smoke and has presented extensively on the subject. She is also the immediate past Chair of the California Air Response Planning Alliance. Dr. DuTeaux holds a
master’s in public health (UC Berkeley) and a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology (UC Davis) and is a certified Hazardous Materials Technical Reference Specialist (Title 29 CCR 1910.120).
Lewis R. Goldfrank, M.D. (IOM), has worked at Bellevue Hospital Center and New York University (NYU) Medical Center for 30 years. He is currently the first Chairman and Professor of the newly established academic Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU, where his efforts have led to the development of the university’s emergency medicine and medical toxicology residencies. Dr. Goldfrank is also the Medical Director of the New York City Health Department’s Poison Center. His career has been spent working in the public hospitals of New York City, emphasizing the role of emergency medicine in improving access to care, public health, public policy, and medical humanism. He has assisted in numerous projects in South America, Asia, and Europe in the advancement of emergency medicine and medical toxicology, emphasizing his interests in the improvement of global health. His current global health efforts involve the development of emergency medicine in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Goldfrank has served on three committees (as Chair for two of them) dealing with issues of terrorism: civilian medical response to chemical and biological terrorism, metropolitan medical response teams and preparedness for terrorism, and the psychological consequences of terrorism. Educated at Clark University, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the University of Brussels, Belgium, he graduated from the University of Brussels Medical School in 1970. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in 1973. He is the senior editor of Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies, a standard text in the field now in its 10th edition. He is a member of the IOM.
Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and 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. Dr. Goldstein is author of more than 150 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, as well as numerous reviews related to environmental health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) IOM and of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. His experience includes service as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development of the EPA, 1983–1985. In 2001 he came to the University of Pittsburgh from New Jersey, where he had been the Founding Director of the Environmental and
Occupational Health Sciences Institute, a joint program of Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has chaired more than a dozen National Research Council and IOM committees primarily related to environmental health issues. He has been President of the Society for Risk Analysis, and has chaired the NIH Toxicology Study Section, EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and the Research Committee of the Health Effects Institute. He has also served as a member or chairperson of numerous national and international scientific advisory committees for government, industry, and environmental groups.
Michael Gottesman, M.D., has been Deputy Director for Intramural Research at NIH since 1993. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gottesman completed an internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He was a research associate at NIH from 1971 to 1974. He returned to Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor before returning to NIH in 1976. Dr. Gottesman became Chief of the Laboratory of Cell Biology in the National Cancer Institute in 1990. From 1992 to 1993, he was Acting Director for the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR), and he was Acting Scientific Director of NCHGR in 1993. His research interests have ranged from how DNA is replicated in bacteria to how cancer cells elude chemotherapy. He has published extensively on these subjects, with more than 400 scientific publications to his credit. He has helped to identify the human gene that causes cancer cells to resist many anticancer drugs. He has shown that this gene encodes a protein that pumps anticancer drugs out of drug-resistant human cancers and has used this information to create gene transfer vectors and to circumvent drug resistance in cancer. He has been a member of the IOM since 2003 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2009. Dr. Gottesman has been actively involved in initiating several training and mentoring programs for high school students and teachers, as well as college, medical, and graduate students. As Deputy Director for Intramural Research at NIH, he has initiated an NIH-wide lecture series and reformulated tenure and review processes in the intramural program. He has also instituted training programs for minority and disadvantaged students, loan repayment programs for clinical researchers at NIH, and a research training program for medical students.
Jack Herrmann, M.S.Ed., N.C.C., L.M.H.C., is the Senior Advisor and Chief, Public Health Programs, at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), an association representing the interests of the country’s 2,800 local governmental public health departments. As the organization’s chief liaison to local, state, and federal partner agencies, his portfolio includes public health preparedness, environmental health, infectious disease prevention and control, public health law, health and disability, and public health informatics. Mr. Herrmann is also the organization’s subject-matter expert on a variety of preparedness and response topics including, mass fatalities planning, medical countermeasure distribution and dispensing, bioterrorism preparedness, and disaster mental health. Prior to joining NACCHO, Mr. Herrmann was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Nursing, Director of the Program in Disaster Mental Health, and Director of Community and Consumer Affairs for the University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. He has served in volunteer staff or leadership positions with the American Red Cross for the past 20 years, responding to such disasters as the Northridge Earthquake, the explosion of TWA Flight 800, the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Sandy. Mr. Herrmann earned a master’s degree in education in counseling, family, and worklife studies from the University of Rochester, is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York.
Michael Heumann, M.P.H., M.A., has been an epidemiologist in occupational and environmental public health since 1981. From June 1984 through July 2011, he was the lead occupational and environmental epidemiologist at the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD), Oregon Health Authority. From 2002 through 2011 he developed the occupational and environmental epidemiological approaches to public health emergency preparedness within OPHD. Beginning in 2007, Mr. Heumann worked closely with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Center for Environmental Health, as well as with state epidemiologists across the country (through the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, or CSTE) to develop disaster epidemiology as a core part of public health response to all phases of the disaster management cycle. He chaired the Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee for CSTE from 2007 through 2011. Through CSTE he developed the National Disaster Epidemiology Workshop (now in its fifth year), which brings together experts from across the country from state, local, tribal, and federal public
health agencies, from academia, and from other response agencies to deepen our understanding of and improve our capabilities to plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters. Mr. Heumann served as one of two state occupational health representatives on the NIOSH working group that developed the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) framework and guidance document. He then participated as a consultant to NIOSH on the development of the in-person ERHMS training course, as well as the online, self-study course curricula for ERHMS. ERHMS is now one of three disaster epidemiology trainings that are jointly provided regionally for state and local health departments across the country. Mr. Heumann is currently a consultant to CSTE and NIOSH on disaster epidemiology. He holds a master’s of public health in epidemiology from UCLA and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies, also from UCLA.
John Howard, M.D., is the Director of NIOSH in HHS. Dr. Howard also serves as the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program in HHS. He was first appointed NIOSH Director in 2002 during the George W. Bush administration and served in that position until 2008. In 2008 and 2009 Dr. Howard worked as a consultant with the U.S. government’s Afghanistan Health Initiative. In September 2009, he was again appointed NIOSH Director in the Obama administration. Prior to his appointments as NIOSH Director, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the state of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 1991 through 2002. Dr. Howard received a doctor of medicine degree from Loyola University of Chicago, a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, a doctor of law degree from UCLA, and a master of law degree in administrative law and economic regulation from George Washington University in Washington, DC. 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 of the U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy.
Joseph “Chip” Hughes, M.P.H., is currently the Director of an innovative federal safety and health training program based at NIEHS. The program supports cooperative agreements to develop and deliver model safety and health training programs for workers involved in hazardous substances response with numerous universities, unions, community colleges, and other
nonprofit organizations throughout the nation. For the past 20 years, Mr. Hughes has worked in both the private and public sectors in developing environmental and occupational health education programs for workers and citizens in high-risk occupations and communities. As a part of this work, he has pioneered efforts to create new methods and approaches for conducting needs assessments, reaching underserved populations, developing training partnerships, and creating innovative program evaluation and assessment measures. Mr. Hughes was given the HHS Secretary’s Award for Exceptional Service in November 2001 for his role in responding to the WTC attacks. After the NIEHS response to the Katrina disaster, Mr. Hughes was given the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service in June 2006 and the NIH Director’s Award in 2011 for responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In November 2011, Mr. Hughes was given the Tony Mazzocchi Award for lifetime achievement by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. Under Mr. Hughes’s leadership, NIEHS grant support of $40 million is annually committed for the development and administration of model worker health and safety training programs consisting of classroom, hands-on, online, computer-based, and practical health and safety training of workers and their supervisors who are engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and emergency response.
David L. Lakey, M.D., serves as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, leading one of the state’s largest agencies with a staff of 11,500 and an annual budget of $2.5 billion. As Commissioner, Dr. Lakey oversees programs such as disease prevention and bioterrorism preparedness, family and community health services, environmental and consumer safety, regulatory programs, and mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. Dr. Lakey became Commissioner on January 2, 2007. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Dr. Lakey served as an Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Clinical Infectious Disease, and Medical Director of the Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control at the University of Texas (UT) Health Center in Tyler. He had been a faculty member there since 1998. At the UT Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness, Dr. Lakey served as Associate Director for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity. He also chaired a bioterrorism preparedness committee for 34 hospitals in East Texas and led the development of the Public Health Laboratory of East Texas in 2002. He earned a bachelor of science in chemistry, graduating with high honors from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and received
his medical degree with honors from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Lakey was a resident in internal medicine and pediatric medicine and completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
CAPT Lauren Lewis, M.D., M.P.H., is currently Chief of the Health Studies Branch (HSB) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she oversees the emergency response to a variety of environmental threats including disease outbreaks and clusters related to toxic exposures as well as natural, chemical, and radiological disasters. She also directs environmental epidemiological research and programs to help international, state, and local governments build epidemiological capacity to address environmental concerns. Dr. Lewis first joined HSB in 2003 as a Medical Epidemiologist, then became Branch Chief in 2008. Her accomplishments include successfully leading responses to the diethylene glycol mass poisoning in Panama and aflatoxicosis outbreaks in Kenya. She initiated, developed, and continues to direct research programs to address aflatoxins in Africa and drinking water exposures among tribal nations in the United States. She leads the Private Well Initiative, a national research program to further the knowledge on health impacts associated with private well drinking water. In 1999 Dr. Lewis began her career in public health and came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (EISO) in the Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. After completing EIS training, she earned an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Emory University. She then served as a preventive medicine resident at the Indian Health Service, National Epidemiology Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, prior to joining HSB. Prior to her career in public health, Dr. Lewis attended Howard University, Washington, DC, where she earned her B.S. and M.D. degrees. She practiced internal medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and served as a Clinical Instructor for Morehouse College of Medicine.
Donald A. B. Lindberg, M.D., is a scientist who has been a pioneer in applying computer technology to health care, beginning in 1960 at the University of Missouri. In 1984 he was appointed Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library (annual budget $275 million; 690 career staff). From 1992 to 1995 he served in a concurrent position as founding Director of the National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications in the Office
of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. In 1996 he was named by the HHS Secretary to be the U.S. Coordinator for the G-7 Global Health Applications Project. In addition to an eminent career in pathology, Dr. Lindberg has made notable contributions to information and computer activities in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. Before his appointment as NLM Director, he was Professor of Information Science and Professor of Pathology at the University of Missouri–Columbia. He has current academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia and Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Lindberg was elected the first President of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). As the country’s senior statesman for medicine and computers, he has been called on to serve on many boards, including the Computer Science and Engineering Board of the NAS, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Council of the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lindberg graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and received his M.D. degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Sarah A. Lister, D.V.M., M.P.H., is a specialist in public health and epidemiology with the Congressional Research Service, a federal legislative branch support agency. She came to Capitol Hill as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow in 1997, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and worked on food safety issues for the Senate Committee on Agriculture. She has served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, working for CDC and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. In addition, she has worked on issues of public health infrastructure and emergency preparedness for two public health professional associations in Washington, DC. Dr. Lister began her career as a practicing veterinarian. She holds B.S. and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified in veterinary preventive medicine.
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., is Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at HHS. The ASPR serves as the Secretary’s principal advisor on matters related to 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. As such, she coordinates interagency activities among HHS, other federal agencies, 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. Previously, Dr. Lurie was Senior Natural Scientist and the Paul O’Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy at the RAND Corporation, where she directed RAND’s public health and preparedness work as well as its Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. Prior to that she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health for HHS; 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, mental health, prevention, public health infrastructure and preparedness, and health disparities. She 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 as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, as well as on numerous other national committees. She is the recipient of many awards and is a member of the IOM. Finally, Dr. Lurie continues to practice clinical medicine in the health care safety net in Washington, DC.
Gary Machlis, Ph.D., is Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service, and Coleader of the Strategic Sciences Group (SSG) of the Department of the Interior. He is also Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University. Dr. Machlis is the first scientist to serve in the position of Science Advisor to the Director and helped co-found the SSG in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. His research focuses on science during crisis, conservation, and warfare ecology—applying ecology to issues of war preparation, violent conflict, and humanitarian and restoration response. Dr. Machlis has worked in China (on the Giant Panda Project), the Galapagos Islands, Haiti (after the earthquake), Cuba, Africa, and elsewhere. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the AAAS.
Marcia McNutt, Ph.D., is a geophysicist who became the 19th Editor-in-Chief of Science in June 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. McNutt was the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, which responded to a number of major disasters during her tenure, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, Dr. McNutt was awarded the U.S.
Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a Fellow of American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, AAAS, and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors and awards include membership in the NAS, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, and the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. McNutt was awarded the Macelwane Medal by AGU in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration.
Aubrey Miller, M.D., M.P.H., joined the NIEHS team in May 2010 to serve as Senior Medical Advisor and NIEHS liaison to HHS. Dr. Miller’s office is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, where he oversees a small staff of NIEHS employees who are readily available to meet with NIH and HHS representatives, federal partners, members of Congress, and other stakeholders to discuss how environmental factors influence human health and disease. Dr. Miller is coordinating many federal efforts, including playing a major role in NIEHS and HHS response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A medical epidemiologist and a Captain in USPHS, Dr. Miller has long-standing experience, publications, and contributions to a wide range of occupational and environmental health issues and policies. Dr. Miller previously served as the Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats. Previously he worked as a Senior Medical Officer and Regional Toxicologist for EPA and for the HHS Office of the Secretary in Denver, providing leadership, expertise, and coordination for multi-agency emergency responses, such as the Libby Montana asbestos situation, the anthrax attacks in Washington, DC, and Hurricane Katrina. He also conducted more than 30 field investigations while working for several years as a Medical Officer for CDC, NIOSH. Dr. Miller received his M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois and his M.P.H. in environmental and occupational health sciences from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He is board certified in occupational and environmental medicine. He is a member of APHA, American College of Occupational and En-vironmental Medicine, and American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Faith Mitchell, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Grantmakers In Health (www.gih.org), the Washington, DC–based philanthropic affinity group that
supports and informs the work of health foundations and corporate giving programs. A national organization, GIH works with hundreds of health funders across the country. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Mitchell was Vice President for Program and Strategy at GIH. Throughout her career, she has bridged research, practice, and policy to improve population health. She served 12 years at the National Academies, both at the IOM, where she was responsible for the health disparities portfolio, and as a Center Director in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education. At the National Academies, she coedited several major reports on topics that included urban governance, racial/ethnic trends, and health disparities. She has also held leadership positions at the U.S. Department of State, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The San Francisco Foundation. Dr. Mitchell serves on numerous boards related to improving health and health care. She holds a doctorate in medical anthropology from UC Berkeley.
Lori Peek, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology and Codirector of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University. She is also an Adjunct Research Scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. She is currently involved in several research projects, including a participatory project on children’s recovery after the Joplin tornado and the Slave Lake wildfires; a 5-year project on the potential mental and physical health effects of the BP oil spill on children; a study of risk perception and evacuation behavior in hurricane-prone communities along the U.S. Gulf and Atlantic coasts; a global examination of earthquake risk reduction activities; and a statewide survey of disaster preparedness among child care providers in Colorado. She is the Co-founder and Co-director, along with Dr. David Abramson of the SHOREline disaster recovery and youth empowerment program. Dr. Peek has published widely on vulnerable populations and the sociology of disasters. She is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans After 9/11, co-author of Children of Katrina, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Dr. Peek received the Distinguished Book Award from the Midwest Sociological Society in 2012 and the Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity in 2013. In 2009, the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth honored her with its Early Career Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
Sally Phillips, R.N., Ph.D., has been serving as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) since May 2013. Dr. Phillips joined DHS in August 2010 and served as the Deputy Director of the Health Threats Resilience Division until March 2012, when she was promoted to the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Health Threats Resilience Division. Dr. Phillips provides leadership and direction to five major programmatic areas within OHA: biological and chemical defense; food, agriculture, and veterinary defense; planning and exercise support; health incidence surveillance; and state and local initiatives. Under her leadership, the department strengthened the biodefense enterprise through guidance for medical countermeasures and management of the BioWatch Program and National Biosurveillance Integration Center. Furthermore during this time, OHA saw increased funding and support of Congress for chemical defense programs; revised plans for disaster response support to FEMA; and development of guidance for radiation and nuclear disasters. Dr. Phillips comes to OHA from HHS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) where she served as Director of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Research Program. In July 2009 she joined the HHS Office of the ASPR as a Senior Advisor. There she was involved in policy issues, primarily supporting the H1N1 Task Force by addressing medical surge capacity and policies related to health care systems’ preparedness and response to H1N1. Dr. Phillips is a leader in health system surge capacity and emergency preparedness. In her role at AHRQ, she served on numerous agency and department workgroups concerned with public health and medical response as well as homeland security preparedness and response initiatives. She is an accomplished author, consultant, and speaker on public health, medical preparedness, and response research initiatives. She also has expertise in health professional education and professional practice policy. Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Phillips was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow and Health Policy Analyst for Senator Tom Harkin for 2 years. She has also had a distinguished academic career in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a master’s degree from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. Her primary area of clinical practice is the care of women, infants, and children, with a specialty in the care of high-risk neonates.
Steven Phillips, M.D., is the Director, Specialized Information Services, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH, HHS. He is leading the effort to establish a Disaster Information Management Research Center at NLM. This center, totally devoted to disaster health information and informatics, is the first of its kind in the world. Dr. Phillips is a graduate of Hobart College and Tufts Medical School. He is board certified both in general and thoracic surgery. Prior to coming to NIH, he lived in Des Moines, Iowa, where he practiced cardiac surgery. Dr. Phillips was a member of the Board of Regents of NLM from 1993 to 1997 and the 1997 Board Chair. From 1999 to 2001, He served as the full-time Deputy to the Director for Research and Education at the NLM, NIH. He served twice in Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. He is a life member of the 101st Airborne Associations and an associate life member of the UDT-SEAL Association. He sits on the Board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reception Center, and serves as a member of a congressionally mandated DoD Wounded Warriors Task Force. He is Past President of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, the Society of Cardiac Surgeons of Spain, and of the Polk County Medical Society, Iowa. He has numerous publications, including approximately 125 in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has been granted 6 patents.
David Prezant, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer for the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and the Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner for Health Policy. He is FDNY’s senior Pulmonary Consultant, Codirector of FDNY’s WTC Medical Programs, and the PI for the NIOSH-funded FDNY WTC Data Center. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Director of their pulmonary medicine course for second year medical students, and a pulmonary physician at their main teaching hospital, Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Prezant received his bachelor of Science from Columbia College in 1977 and his doctor of medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1981. After completing his internal medicine residency at Harlem Hospital, he returned to Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York for his pulmonary fellowship training. Dr. Prezant was instrumental in the development and design of the IAFF Wellness Fitness Initiative and the IAFF Candidate Physical Ability Test. Prior to 9/11/01, his research led to a better understanding of the impact of firefighting protective gear on burn injuries, smoke inhalation, and physical performance. On 9/11/01, Dr. Prezant was at
the WTC taking care of FDNY firefighters and EMS rescue workers. He was present during the collapse and the aftermath and helped with triage efforts. Since that day he has devoted his entire clinical and research efforts to (1) the design and implementation of a medical monitoring and treatment program for FDNY firefighters and EMS WTC rescue workers funded by FDNY and NIOSH and (2) improvements in EMS prehospital medical care. To date, Dr. Prezant has published nearly 50 research papers on the health impact of WTC Collapse on NYC firefighters and EMS workers including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Environmental Health Perspectives, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Chest. This work has been instrumental in identifying WTC-related illnesses such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, bronchiolitis, rhinosinusitis, vocal cord dysfunction, gastroesophageal reflux, mental health disturbances, and cancers. In recognition of these activities, Dr. Prezant is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Redmond Advisory Board and the National Fire Protection Association Health and Safety Committee (co-author of NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments), as well as a recipient of the American Thoracic Society’s Public Service Award (2011) and the American College of Chest Physicians’ Presidential Citation Honor Lecture (2012).
Irwin Redlener, M.D., founded and directs the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He is also Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Redlener is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from large-scale disasters. He has written and spoken widely on disaster resiliency and vulnerability of special populations, with a special interest in the impact of disasters on children. He recently served as a commissioner on the federally legislated National Commission on Children and Disasters.
Dr. Redlener and his team have done seminal research on recovery, nuclear terrorism, and other catastrophic events. NCDP has followed families affected by major disasters including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the flooding of New Orleans, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The center has also worked with officials following the devastating tornadoes that struck Joplin, Missouri. Dr. Redlener has also led major analyses of the risks associated with major pandemics, policies related to the preparedness
for nuclear terrorism, and factors that influence public readiness for disasters in general. He has worked extensively with key officials in federal agencies and the White House. Dr. Redlener is also Co-founder (with Paul Simon) and President of the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), established in 1987 to provide comprehensive health care to some of the nation’s most medically underserved children. CHF currently supports mobile pediatric clinics serving disadvantaged children in urban and rural communities across the United States. CHF, in partnership with NCDP, has deployed mobile clinics providing medical care in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Andrew (1992, Florida), the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina (Gulf, 2005) and the Deepwater Horizon crisis (2010), as well as responding immediately to care for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Redlener is the author of Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now (Knopf, 2006).
Ellen Schenk, M.P.H., is currently a Fellow with both the Office of Emergency Medical Services with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). With NHTSA and HRSA, Ms. Schenk has contributed to projects of national significance in the areas of emergency preparedness, research, and regionalization of care. Prior to the fellowship, Ms. Schenk’s professional background was in global health, having worked to strengthen injury and emergency care systems in Malaysia, Mozambique, and several countries in Latin America. Ms. Schenk holds a bachelor of science in molecular and cell biology and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a master’s degree in public health from Emory University. She will be continuing her studies this fall in the health systems doctoral program within the International Health Department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Paul J. Seligman, M.D., M.P.H., is Executive Director for Global Regulatory Policy at Amgen. Prior to joining Amgen in 2012, he had a 28+ year public health career in the federal government. At FDA, he served as the Director of FDA’s Latin America Regional Office, the Associate Director for Safety Policy and Communication in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), and the Director of the Office of Pharmacoepidemiology and Statistical Science. Before joining FDA in July 2001, Dr. Seligman served for 7 years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Health Studies at the Department of Energy. He began his Public Health Service (PHS) career in 1983 at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, prior to joining CDC. From 1974 to 1976, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. Dr. Seligman holds an M.D. degree from UC, Davis, an M.P.H. in industrial health from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in chemistry from Yale University. He is board certified in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine. He is a retired Commissioned Officer from the USPHS, having attained the rank of Rear Admiral.
Craig Slatin, Sc.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Health Education and Policy in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability, College of Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the PI and Director of The New England Consortium, an awardee of the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program. Dr. Slatin’s research has addressed health and safety training evaluation, occupational health disparities, and the political economy of the work environment. He has published peer-reviewed articles, editorials and commentaries, book chapters, and a book titled Environmental Unions: Labor and the Superfund (2009, Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.). Dr. Slatin is the editor of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy (Baywood Publishing), which strives to bring together academic researchers, advocates, and activists. He has been an Occupational Health Investigator for the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries and an Environmental Health Inspector for the City of Boston Health Department. He is an active member of his own union, the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association.
Anthony H. Speier, Ph.D., holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Speier serves as Senior Project Leader for the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project, which is developing sustainable integrated health care models in response to the health impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In November 2013 Dr. Speier retired from his position as Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health after 33 years of state service. He is a developmental psychologist and the former Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health. In his appointed position as Assistant Secretary, he has functioned
as the State Authority for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. He has significant experience directly managing large and complex health systems–level budgets and assuring compliance with all state and federal regulatory and grant-specific reporting and operational responsibilities. Dr. Speier has served as the PI on numerous federal disaster response grants, including the $100 million Hurricane Katrina response, which he managed via the principles of a community-based participatory model. Dr. Speier has directed many crisis response programs, most recently, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SERG grant, which was an innovative multi-state crisis response collaborative across the Gulf states of Lousiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Holly A. Taylor, M.P.H., Ph.D., is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Core Faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in health policy with a concentration in bioethics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Taylor was a Presidential Management Intern with the Department of Health and Human Services and spent 2 years as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. Dr. Taylor offers a course on ethics in public health and health care policy. Her primary research interests are research ethics, local implementation of federal policy relevant to human subject research, civilian biodefense, and HIV/AIDS policy.
Robert J. Ursano, M.D., is widely published in the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder and public health planning for the psychological effects of terrorism, bioterrorism, traumatic events, and disasters including war. Dr. Ursano has more than 300 publications, is the co-author or editor of 8 books and is editor of Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes and senior editor of the first Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry (Cambridge University Press), which was published in 2007. He was the first Chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster. Dr. Ursano chaired the development of the first American Psychiatric Association’s Treatment Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has received the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Service Award and the highest award of the International Traumatic Stress
Society, The Lifetime Achievement Award, for “outstanding and fundamental contributions to understanding traumatic stress.” He is the recipient of the William C. Porter Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
Dennis Wenger, Ph.D., is Program Director for program element 1638, Infrastructure Systems Management and Extreme Events, at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He had previously been at NSF from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Wenger was at Texas A&M University from 1989 to 2007. At Texas A&M, where he was a Professor of Urban and Regional Science and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology. He was also the Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center. Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M in 1989, Dr. Wenger was on the faculty of the University of Delaware, where he served as Co-director of the Disaster Research Center from 1984 to 1989. Dr. Wenger has been engaged in research on hazards and disasters for more than 40 years. His research has focused on the social and multidisciplinary aspects of natural, technological, and human-induced disasters. Specifically, he has studied such topics as local emergency management capabilities and response, police and fire planning and response to disasters, search and rescue and the delivery of emergency medical services, mass media coverage of disasters, warning systems and public response, factors related to local community recovery success, and disaster beliefs and emergency planning. He undertook the only empirical study of the evacuation of the WTC towers after the first terrorist attack in 1993 and served as the PI for the first project to Enable the Future Generation of Hazard Researchers. He is the author of numerous books, research monographs, articles, and papers. Dr. Wenger currently serves as Chair of the United Nations Scientific and Technical Advisory Group to the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. At NSF, Dr. Wenger serves as the foundation’s representative to the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction (SDR), which is associated with the OSTP of the White House. Dr. Wenger serves as Co-chair of the SDR.
Gamunu Wijetunge, M.P.M., NREMT-P, currently serves as the lead staff member for preparedness and workforce issues in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) Office of Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Wijetunge came to NHTSA in November 2001 after working as a paramedic in Bethesda, Maryland. His responsibilities at NHTSA involve a broad range of preparedness issues including pandemic influenza and integration of preparedness into the day-to-day EMS system.
His work involves close coordination with a number of federal agency partners through the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS. Mr. Wijetunge holds a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and is a member of the public administration academic honor society, Pi Alpha Alpha. He also holds a bachelor of science in emergency health services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He serves as President of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he has volunteered since 1995 and is an actively practicing paramedic/firefighter holding the rank of Captain.
Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., L.L.M., is First Deputy Commissioner of Health for the state of New York. In his present role he oversees preparedness issues as they relate to health care and is also focused on issues of hospital restructuring, elder care, and research aspects of medical marijuana. He has served as Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS, White House Fellow, and Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics Fellow. He is Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Senior Advisor in the Division of Global Health & Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital. He created and led the nation’s Medical Reserve Corps, which presently has more than 200,000 volunteers. Dr. Zucker has worked on Capitol Hill during the anthrax crisis, integrally involved with responses to SARS, H5N1, H1N1, and intellectual property aspects of pharmaceuticals during disasters. He has served as a public health expert for NATO and taught bioterrorism law. Dr. Zucker trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, pediatric anesthesiology/critical care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital Boston. He has served as Director of the Intensive Care Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital and held faculty appointments at Columbia, Cornell, Yale, NIH, and Georgetown. Dr. Zucker received his M.D. from George Washington University Medical School, J.D. from Fordham University Law School, and L.L.M. from Columbia Law School.