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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24835.
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Appendix B

Committee Biosketches

Edward H. Shortliffe is a professor of biomedical informatics at Arizona State University. He is also an adjunct professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor of health policy and research (health informatics) at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research interests include the broad range of issues related to integrated decision-support systems, their effective implementation, and the role of the Internet in health care. Previously, he served as the president and chief executive officer of the American Medical Informatics Association. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Before that, he was the Rolf A. Scholdager professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a professor of medicine and of computer science at Stanford University. He is a master of the American College of Physicians and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Shortliffe is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Shortliffe is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Shortliffe received his A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard College and an M.D. and a Ph.D. in medical information sciences from Stanford University.

David K. Bonauto is research director for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program. He is also a clinical associate professor

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24835.
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in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Bonauto leads Washington State’s occupational injury and illness surveillance program. Dr. Bonauto and SHARP have developed novel approaches to using state workers’ compensation data for public health surveillance and research, linking state administrative databases to develop more accurate estimates of the working population at risk, and using population based surveys to assess worker-reported work-related injury and illness rates. Dr. Bonauto has served on the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors and is a member of the CSTE Occupational Health Workgroup, a collaboration of state-based occupational injury and illness surveillance programs. Dr. Bonauto received his M.D. from Columbia University, M.P.H. from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and B.A. from Bowdoin College.

David L. Buckeridge is a professor in the department of epidemiology, biostatistics, and occupational health at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research is on informatics of public health surveillance, with particular interest in the development and evaluation of methods for surveillance systems that use clinical and administrative data. His previous and ongoing work includes the development of statistical methods for outbreak detection and the use of simulation modeling to evaluate surveillance systems. He also holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in e-Health Interventions. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Buckeridge received his M.D. in community medicine from Queen’s University, Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from Stanford University, and M.Sc. in epidemiology from the University of Toronto.

Steven B. Cohen is the vice president of RTI International’s Division for Statistical and Data Sciences. He has been working in the fields of biostatistics, survey design, sampling, survey methods and health services research for more than 35 years. He has expertise in management, health services research, health policy, biostatistics, sampling theory, modeling, complex survey design, multivariate analysis, demographic techniques, epidemiological techniques, categorical data analysis, and applied statistical methods. Prior to coming to RTI, he was director of the Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is co-author of the text, Methodological Issues for Health Care Surveys. He has served as an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University and at the George Washington University. He is also a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. Dr. Cohen received his Ph.D. (1978) in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, M.S. (1976) in biostatistics from the University

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24835.
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of North Carolina, and B.A. (1973) in mathematics and history from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

Letitia K. Davis is director of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she has worked for over 30 years to develop and implement state-based surveillance systems for work-related illnesses and injuries. She has overseen the formation of a health care provider reporting system for occupational disease, the Massachusetts Occupational Lead Registry, a comprehensive surveillance system for fatal occupational injuries, the Massachusetts Sharps Injury Surveillance System, a surveillance system for work-related asthma, and a model surveillance system for work-related injuries to young workers. Additionally, she has overseen implementation of case-based surveillance and follow-up of work-related amputations, burns and acute chemical poisonings. She has conducted numerous surveillance research studies exploring use of a wide range of public health data sources for occupational health surveillance, including a recent study exploring the feasibility of multisource surveillance for work-related amputations and carpal tunnel syndrome. She has a particular interest in addressing the occupational health and safety concerns of vulnerable workers and has recently completed a project incorporating occupational information in the electronic record systems of community health centers to improve documentation of occupational health needs of underserved worker populations. From 1998-2015, Dr. Davis was also a lead consultant in occupational health to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and has played a leadership role nationally in the effort to integrate occupational health into public health practice at the state level. She is a past member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and is a current member of the National Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. She has also served on a number of Institute of Medicine committees, including most recently a committee addressing incorporation of occupational information in electronic health records. Dr. Davis serves as adjunct faculty of the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Davis received her doctorate in occupational health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1983.

Gerald F. Kominski is a professor of health policy and management and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. His research focuses on evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of health care programs and technologies, with special emphasis on public insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and workers’ compensation. He is also working extensively on evaluating the expected and actual impacts of health

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24835.
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care reform and has co-led the development of a microsimulation model (CalSIM) for forecasting eligibility, enrollment, and expenditures under health reform. From 2003-2009, he served as vice chair for the Cost Impact Analysis Team of the California Health Benefits Review Program, which conducts legislative analyses for the California legislature of proposals to expand mandated insurance benefits. Dr. Kominski received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1985, and his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1978.

Scott A. Mugno is the vice president for safety, sustainability, and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground. He was previously the managing director for FedEx Express Corporate Safety, Health, and Fire Protection where he developed, promoted, and facilitated the safety and health program and culture for all nonflight FedEx Express domestic operations. His department also provided technical support to the FedEx Express international operations and other FedEx operating companies. Mr. Mugno has been in the environmental, health, safety, or transportation arenas for over 25 years. He joined FedEx Express as a senior attorney in the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department. Prior to FedEx, Mr. Mugno was division counsel at Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Waste Isolation Division and deputy staff judge advocate for the Eastern Region U.S. Army Military Traffic Management command. He has held other legal positions in the Army JAG Corps and in private-practice law firms. Mr. Mugno most recently served on the IOM Committee on Health Threats Resilience and Workforce Resilience. He regularly represents FedEx at various trade and safety association and committee meetings and is a frequent speaker before those and other groups. Mr. Mugno received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.

Kenneth D. Rosenman is a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU). For the last 28 years under the direction of Dr. Rosenman, the occupational and environmental health team at Michigan State University has worked closely with Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to administer Michigan’s occupational injury and illness surveillance program. He has an active research program in occupational and environmental disease with particular interest in the methodology for tracking occupational conditions and the etiology of pulmonary disease. He has published 205 articles on occupational and environmental disease. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU he taught in the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and was director of occupational and environmental health services at the New Jersey Department of Health. He is board-certified in internal medicine and in occupational and environmental medicine. He is a Fellow

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24835.
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of the American College of Epidemiology, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Collegium Ramazzini. Dr. Rosenman received his M.D. from New York Medical College.

Noah S. Seixas is professor of exposure sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Seixas has taught at the University of Washington since 1993 and currently serves as chief editor of the Annals of Occupational Hygiene. His research interests involve exposure assessment and control with a range of applications including welding fume exposure and control, noise in the construction industry, and injury risk prevention, and safety and health management addressing occupational health disparities. Dr. Seixas received an M.S. in industrial hygiene at Harvard School of Public Health in 1982 and a Ph.D. in industrial health from the University of Michigan in 1990.

Margaret (Peg) M. Seminario is the director of safety and health for the AFL-CIO. She has worked for the AFL-CIO since 1977, and since 1990 has been responsible for directing the AFL-CIO’s program on safety and health. She has worked extensively on a wide range of regulatory and legislative initiatives at the federal and state levels and coordinated the labor movement’s campaigns on Right to Know, ergonomics, and other key job safety issues. She has participated in dozens of rulemakings on important OSHA standards including rules to protect workers from asbestos, lead, hazardous chemicals, and safety hazards like confined spaces. She was one of the leaders in labor’s efforts to enact the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to provide health care and compensation to responders sick from exposures at the World Trade Center. Ms. Seminario has served on numerous federal agency and scientific advisory committees and participated in international safety and health work through the ILO, the OECD and international trade union organizations. Ms. Seminario previously served on the 1987 NRC Panel on Occupational Safety and Health Statistics. She holds an M.S. degree in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. in biological sciences from Wellesley College.

Glenn M. Shor is the manager of the California Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Program and the research and policy advisor to the director of the California Department of Industrial Relations. Since 2012, he has provided oversight and coordination of research programs in workers’ compensation and occupational safety and health; assistance to Cal/OSHA on program statistics, inspection targeting, and resource allocation; oversees management and policy development for California’s Workers’ Compensation Information System, and is the Department of Industrial Relations representative on the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Assessment Panel.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24835.
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He previously served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In this role, he collaborated with medical staff on design and implementation of web page oriented to clinician understanding of OSHA and occupational health and safety practice. He was also involved in developing regulatory proposals on injury and illness prevention program standards, and served as agency coordinator and department lead on a joint OSHA/NIOSH/BLS conference on use of workers’ compensation data for injury and illness prevention and public health activities. In 2012, the International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions awarded him the Samuel Gompers Award for his work on identifying, educating, and promoting injury and illness prevention activities within workers’ compensation. Dr. Shor is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dr. Shor received his M.P.P. and Ph.D. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley, his B.A. in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and studied epidemiology at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

David H. Wegman is emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Wegman was previously dean of the School of Health and Environment a position he assumed after 16 years as a professor and founding chair of the Department of Work Environment. He also serves as adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and as vice president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health. Dr. Wegman has focused his research on epidemiologic studies across a range of work-related health conditions, including respiratory disease, musculoskeletal disorders, kidney disease, and cancer. He has also written on public health and policy issues concerning occupational hazard and health surveillance, methods of exposure assessment for occupational epidemiologic studies, the development of alternatives to occupational regulation and the use of participatory methods to study occupational health risks. Dr. Wegman served two terms as a member of the NRC Board on Human Systems Integration and currently serves on the IOM Committee on Aerospace Medicine and the Medicine of Extreme Environments. He has served as both member and chair of over 15 NRC and IOM committees, and has been designated as a National Associate of the Academies. Dr. Wegman is a contributing editor for the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, and served as a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Wegman received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his M.D. and M.Sc. from Harvard University and is board certified in preventive medicine (occupational medicine).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee Biosketches." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24835.
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The workplace is where 156 million working adults in the United States spend many waking hours, and it has a profound influence on health and well-being. Although some occupations and work-related activities are more hazardous than others and face higher rates of injuries, illness, disease, and fatalities, workers in all occupations face some form of work-related safety and health concerns. Understanding those risks to prevent injury, illness, or even fatal incidents is an important function of society.

Occupational safety and health (OSH) surveillance provides the data and analyses needed to understand the relationships between work and injuries and illnesses in order to improve worker safety and health and prevent work-related injuries and illnesses. Information about the circumstances in which workers are injured or made ill on the job and how these patterns change over time is essential to develop effective prevention programs and target future research. The nation needs a robust OSH surveillance system to provide this critical information for informing policy development, guiding educational and regulatory activities, developing safer technologies, and enabling research and prevention strategies that serves and protects all workers.

A Smarter National Surveillance System for Occupational Safety and Health in the 21st Century provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of OSH surveillance. This report is intended to be useful to federal and state agencies that have an interest in occupational safety and health, but may also be of interest broadly to employers, labor unions and other worker advocacy organizations, the workers’ compensation insurance industry, as well as state epidemiologists, academic researchers, and the broader public health community. The recommendations address the strengths and weaknesses of the envisioned system relative to the status quo and both short- and long-term actions and strategies needed to bring about a progressive evolution of the current system.

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