Armin Ansari, PhD, presenter, is the radiological assessment team lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received his BS and PhD degrees in radiation biophysics from the University of Kansas and completed his postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories. He has led the development of key national guidance documents including guides for population monitoring and operation of public shelters after radiation emergencies. He is a fellow and past president of the Health Physics Society and is certified in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Health Physics. He is also an elected member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and serves as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.
Jennifer C. Beggs, MPH, panelist, represents the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists on the Executive Board of the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness. She has worked for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for 16 years and is the emergency preparedness epidemiologist for the State of Michigan. Her current areas of focus include planning and response for biological, chemical, radiological, and natural disaster incidents. She serves as the lead for the EPIDESK Unit position in the MDHHS Community Health Emergency Coordination Center and has responded to such incidents as severe acute respiratory syndrome, 2009 influenza pandemic, Middle East respiratory syndrome, Embridge oil spill, Ebola, Flint water contamination, and hepatitis A outbreak. Ms. Beggs is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in
human biology and the University of Michigan with an MPH. She is a subcommittee member and workshop planner for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists–Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee.
Luiz Bertelli, presenter, worked in internal dosimetry modeling and interpretation of monitoring of radiation workers in Brazil for 18 years. He was responsible for calculating all internal doses and evaluating initial efficacy of Prussian Blue for all age groups due to the Goiânia radioactive accident. He worked as an internal dosimetrist at the Argonne National Laboratory for 1.5 years and has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as an Internal Dosimetry Team member since October 2003. He has been a member of the Task Group on Dose Calculations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection since 1995, a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection Committee 2 from 2013 to 2017, and is currently a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.
David Brenner, presenter, is the director of the Columbia University Center for Radiological Research, which is the oldest and largest radiation biology center in the United States. He is also principal investigator of the Center for High-Throughput Minimally-Invasive Radiation Biodosimetry, a multi-institute consortium to develop high-throughput biodosimetry technology to rapidly test individual radiation exposure after a radiological incident. He is also director of the Columbia Radiological Research Accelerator Facility, which is a national facility dedicated to probing the mechanisms of radiation induced cancer. Mr. Brenner’s research focuses on mechanistic models for the effects of ionizing radiation on living systems. He divides his research time between the effects of high doses of ionizing radiation (relating to radiation therapy) and the effects of low doses of radiation (relating to radiological, environmental, and occupational exposures). At low doses, he was the first to quantify the potential risks associated with the rapidly increasing usage of computerized tomography scans in the United States. At high doses, his proposal to use large-fraction radiotherapy for prostate cancer (hypofractionation) is increasingly being used in clinics. He is a recipient of the Failla gold medal, the annual award given by the Radiation Research Society for contributions to radiation research.
Cullen Case, Jr., presenter, is the program manager for the Radiation Injury Treatment Network, where he leads the preparedness activities of 73 hospitals for the medical surge from a radiological incident. He has additional responsibilities for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) to ensure organizational preparedness; lead crisis response, business continuity, and emergency communications; and exercise all related plans for
the NMDP. He has experience leading technical teams in Silicon Valley, teaching computer-aided design, providing engineering design services, and was a logistics officer in the U.S. Army. While in the U.S. Army he managed the logistical response to Hurricanes Bertha and Fran in North Carolina (1996) and Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua (1998). Mr. Cullen has an Executive Master of Public Administration, a BS in industrial engineering, is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Certified Business Continuity Professional, a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional, a Stanford Certified Project Manager, and a Minnesota Certified Emergency Manager.
Andrei Cheshyk, PhD, presenter, is the head of the Department of the State Register of Belorussian Persons Exposed to Radiation due to the Chernobyl Accident of Belarus in The Republican Research Centre for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology. The main directions of scientific activity are collection and analysis of medical and dosimetry information on people affected by the Chernobyl disaster, public health and health care of the health of the population residing in the areas affected by the Chernobyl accident, scientific and epidemiological analysis of health indicators of the population affected by the Chernobyl accident, and the study of the structure, nature, dynamics, morbidity and disability trends, and outcomes of the diseases within the population affected by the Chernobyl accident.
Mark Farfel, ScD, presenter, has served as the director of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry in the Division of Epidemiology, New York City Department of Health, since 2005. He has overseen the expansion of the scope and comprehensiveness of the Registry’s intramural and collaborative extramural research. He has also guided efforts to encourage Registry enrollees to seek 9/11-related health care through the federal WTC Health Program. Prior to joining the Registry, he served for 18 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducting epidemiological and applied research focused on urban environmental health issues. He also received his doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Jonathan E. Fielding, MPH, MBA, MD, committee chair and session moderator, is a professor of health policy and management and pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Fielding School of Public Health. His areas of expertise include the development of preventive services guidelines and priorities, prevention economics and financing, evidence-based public health methods and practice, and health promotion for children, adults, and families in community, clinical, and occupational settings. As the founding co-director of the UCLA Center for Health Enhancement, he helped develop the first comprehensive university-based center to focus
on clinical and worksite prevention opportunities. Dr. Fielding served as director of public health and health officer for Los Angeles County for more than 16 years where he was responsible for the full range of public health activities for more than 10 million county residents. Dr. Fielding’s awards include the Porter Prize, given for his national impact on improving the lives of Americans; The Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for achievements in local public health; the Sedgwick Medal for contributions to the field of public health; and elected membership in the National Academy of Medicine. He received an MD, an MA, and an MPH from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business Administration.
Eric Grant, PhD, presenter, is the associate chief of research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Dr. Grant was originally trained in engineering and holds a BSEE from the University of Michigan. Dr. Grant earned his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington and has worked as a research scientist at RERF for many years. His primary research interests include cancer incidence, indirect effects, and trans-generational effects of radiation exposure. Dr. Grant was the program co-chair for the 2018 Conference on Radiation and Health in Chicago, Illinois, and was recently nominated to be a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.
Tamer Hadi, presenter, is the director of strategic technology for the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he is responsible for managing technology projects that aim to improve the agency’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. In 2012, Mr. Hadi was responsible for the creation and development of a social media monitoring team that has been integrated into the independence care system (ICS) structure of the agency and used during every emergency response. Over the past 12 years, Mr. Hadi has served as the ICS liaison officer for several agency responses including H1N1, Hurricane Sandy, Ebola, Legionnaires’ outbreaks, and Zika. Mr. Hadi has a master’s degree in bioinformatics from New York University and a BS in biology from the University at Buffalo.
Eduardo Herrera, PhD, panelist, is a medical doctor and specialist in nuclear medicine. He has been working since 2012 in the Incident and Emergency Centre at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the medical emergency preparedness specialist, and is an expert in radio-pathology and topics related to medical management of internal contamination, internal dosimetry, biological dosimetry, and occupational medicine. Dr. Herrera is the author of several IAEA publications and training materials related to the medical management of persons involved in nuclear and
radiological emergencies. He has been technical officer for more than 23 regional and national projects under the IAEA Technical Cooperation. He is also responsible for the medical preparedness and response activities in the IAEA for radiological and nuclear emergencies. Dr. Herrera is an international expert and coordinator of trainings and workshops and international meetings for more than 120 member states, with more than 1,000 health care professionals trained. He is also the leader of eight international IAEA Missions in the medical field and does important work with stakeholders and international networks.
Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD, MPH, panelist, is an epidemiologist and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders. Her research interests include congenital infections, substance exposure and medication use during pregnancy, and long-term outcomes associated with birth defects and infant disorders. Dr. Honein served as the co-lead for the Pregnancy and Birth Defects Task Force for 20 months during CDC’s Emergency Zika Response; in this capacity, she developed and directed work to advance understanding of and mitigate the impact of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.
Carol Iddins, PhD, presenter, is the director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), a Department of Energy emergency response asset for radiological/nuclear (R/N) incidents. She routinely consults on calls regarding radiation exposures; evaluates and participates in R/N exercises; and consults on cases involving cutaneous radiation injuries. Dr. Iddins has been deployed overseas to examine and consult on patients with radiation injuries secondary to radiotherapy overdose errors for the International Atomic Energy/Pan American Health Organization Radiation Assistance Network. She has been at REAC/TS since 2009 and has become a nationally and globally known subject-matter expert in the medical management of radiological injuries and incidents. Dr. Iddins is a fellow of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine with 25 years of experience in civilian and military medicine and is a decorated U.S. Air Force Veteran.
Betsy T. Kagey, PhD, MSPH, committee member, session moderator, and panelist, is the academic and special projects liaison at the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. The primary focus of her current work is on emergency preparedness planning for vulnerable populations and developing guidance for Georgia’s public health response to radiation incidents. Dr. Kagey is a member of the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists’s (CSTE’s) environmental and disaster epidemiology workgroups and she is CSTE’s representative on
the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness. Dr. Kagey is a member and past president of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Dr. Kagey received a BS in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSPH in environmental epidemiology from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a PhD in environmental health and toxicology from the State University of New York School of Public Health.
John Koerner, MPH, panelist, is chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for matters related to national medical preparedness and response to CBRNE incidents. In that role, Mr. Koerner leads the development of innovative, evidence-based interventions and guidance to support the nation’s medical and public health response to catastrophic disasters and terrorist incidents. He is broadly published and an internationally recognized expert in medical preparedness and response to radiation and other CBRNE incidents. He is a combat veteran and serves as board member and triage chief during medical missions for a charitable organization. He received his MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a board certified industrial hygienist. He has spent more than two decades operating, researching, and advising in the field of medical and public health response to terrorism.
Tess Konen, panelist, graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a master’s degree in occupational environmental epidemiology. She completed a Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology Fellowship at the Minnesota Department of Health in the Minnesota Tracking program. Currently, she is an environmental epidemiologist in the Minnesota Tracking program focusing on acute poisonings surveillance, climate change indicators, and disaster epidemiology. She is the chair of the CSTE Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee and works on post-disaster, long-term surveillance planning.
Ourania (Rania) Kosti, PhD, MSc, staff member, is a senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB). Dr. Kosti’s interests within the NRSB focus on radiation health effects, and she is the principal investigator for the National Academies’ Radiation Effects Research Foundation Program that supports studies of the atomic bombing survivors in Japan. Prior to her current appointment, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where she conducted research on biomarker
development for early cancer detection using case-control epidemiological study designs. She focused primarily on prostate, breast, and liver cancers and on trying to identify those individuals who are at high risk of developing malignancies. Dr. Kosti also trained at the National Cancer Institute (2005–2007). She received a BSc in biochemistry from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, an MSc in molecular medicine from the University College London, and a PhD in molecular endocrinology from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, United Kingdom.
Richard F. Kozub, panelist, currently serves as the management specialist for the Middlesex County, New Jersey, Office of Health Services Special Operations Unit. He oversees the County Health’s emergency preparedness operations, Medical Needs Shelters operations, and Radiation Response program, and oversees coordinating equipment and logistics for disaster response operations. Mr. Kozub serves as the medical reserve corps coordinator for the county. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University for 34 years and is an instructor for the New Jersey State Police Hazmat Program. He is also a member of the Northern New Jersey Urban Area Security Initiative Program. Prior to his current position he was the chief of the County Hazardous Materials Unit from 1979–2002. He has also been a member of his hometown volunteer fire department for 35 years, serving in all officer positions.
Angela Leek, MS, presenter, is the bureau chief for Radiological Health at the Iowa Department of Public Health, where she is responsible for all aspects of radiation protection in Iowa, including programs with oversight of radioactive materials, radiation machines, and radon. She is also responsible for coordinating dose assessment and providing technical advice, control, and tracking for public and worker doses and protection throughout radiation emergency response. In addition to her responsibilities in Iowa, she is also active in supporting the development and implementation of the Radiological Operations Support Specialist program. Ms. Leek currently serves as Iowa’s state liaison officer to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, serves on the Conference of Radiation Control Program Board of Directors, is a voting member for the Organization of Agreement States, and is councilor for the North Central Chapter of the Health Physics Society. She earned an MS in radiation health physics from Oregon State University.
Meghan McGinty, PhD, MPH, MBA, committee member and session moderator, is a faculty associate in health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research examines public health preparedness and response to disasters, allocation of scarce resources during emergencies, risk management and communication, and resilience.
Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. McGinty served as the deputy director of the Big Cities Health Coalition at the National Association of County & City Health Officials. In this role, she convened leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the 55 million people they serve. Over the course of her career, Dr. McGinty has prepared for, responded to, and conducted research to improve national resilience to disasters and public health emergencies. She served as director of continuity of operations planning at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she was responsible for developing plans to sustain essential public health services in the event of a disaster. She also supported preparedness and response initiatives of the U.S. National Response Team, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Public Health Service. She has responded to disasters including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Dr. McGinty is committed to improving the nation’s collective ability to learn from prior disasters. To this end, she has served on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Best Practices Working Group for the development of special considerations for Institutional Review Board review of disaster and emergency-related public health research, and is a member of the National Health Security Preparedness Index’s Advisory Panel for the development of local measures. Dr. McGinty earned an MPH and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and a BA from Georgetown University.
Oleg I. Muravov, PhD, MD, panelist, is medical epidemiologist at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Dr. Muravov has expertise and 33 years of experience in planning, managing, and supervising epidemiological, public health surveillance, and registry programs, including congressionally mandated national surveillance programs and research, analytical, and applied health surveillance programs. He was a visiting scientist/senior science fellow with ATSDR (1992–2006) and a senior epidemiologist with the Chernobyl nuclear plant response (1986–1992). He served as the principal investigator (PI) for 24 epidemiological studies investigating adverse health outcomes related to exposure to various toxic agents and radiation; he is a member of the National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry; a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Prevalence Workgroup; program lead for the ATSDR Rapid Response Registry (https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/rapidresponse), a subject-matter expert assisting state and local health/disaster agencies with post-disaster surveillance and registries; and PI for the multi-state ALS/Multiple Sclerosis prevalence studies grants and contracts. He earned his MD at the Ukrainian
State Medical University, Kiev, Russia (1983), and a PhD in epidemiology at the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences, National Center for Preventive Medicine, Moscow, Russia (1992).
Stephen V. Musolino, PhD, MS, committee member and presenter, is a scientist in the Nonproliferation and National Security department at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). With more than 30 years of experience in health physics, his current research interests are in nonproliferation, counterterrorism, and planning for response to the consequences of radiological and nuclear terrorism. Since 1981, he has been part of the DOE Radiological Assistance Program as a team captain/team scientist and has been involved in developing radiological emergency response plans and procedures, as well as participating in a wide range of radiological and nuclear exercises and field deployments. During the Fukushima crisis, he was deployed in Japan as an assessment scientist with the DOE response team that was measuring the environmental consequences of the radioactive material released from the damaged nuclear power plants. He is a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and served on the scientific committee that developed NCRP Report No. 165, Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorism Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers. He also co-chaired the committee for Report No. 179, Guidance for Emergency Reponses Dosimetry. Dr. Musolino was a member of the team with the Department of Homeland Security that published Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Response Guidance Planning for the First 100 Minutes. Earlier in his career at BNL he was a member of the Marshall Islands Radiological Safety Program and participated in numerous field missions to monitor the populations living on islands affected by nuclear testing. Dr. Musolino earned a BS in engineering technology from Buffalo State College, an MS in nuclear engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, a PhD in health physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is certified by the American Board of Health Physics.
Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez, presenter, has been involved in health care for more than 30 years. In addition, he has a background in psychiatric and drug addictions treatment, thereby encouraging an improved community. Mr. Olivarez’s primary objective is to promote healthier lifestyles and promote stronger families. He has been a hospital administrator and has overseen each aspect of operating a successful inpatient and outpatient facility. He has also led a private nonprofit drug treatment and prevention organization that provided services across the Rio Grande Valley. He is currently the chief administrative officer of Hidalgo County Health and Human Services and is responsible for the implementation of various public health
and human services programs in indigent health care, preventative health care, environmental health, infectious diseases and prevention, and homeland security preparedness and response. He is a U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy fellow from the Department of Health and Human Services. He served as the president of the U.S./Mexico Border Health Association representing all 10 bi-national states on the U.S./Mexican Border, and past president of the Texas Association of Local Health Officials. He is a chairman of Texas Department of State Health Services Preparedness Coordinating Council, which oversees public health homeland security, in addition to serving on several boards and committees focusing on public health needs.
Andrew “Andy” Pickett, MS, panelist, is currently the director of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, having been appointed to the position in April 2015. In this role, he oversees the implementation of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Hospital Preparedness Program federal cooperative agreements, and manages public health and medical preparedness and response efforts across the commonwealth. Previously, he worked for 7 years in local public health preparedness for the City of Detroit and in county emergency management. Academically, he holds a BS in geographic information science from Central Michigan University and an MS in technology studies with a concentration in public safety and emergency management from Eastern Michigan University. He has also participated in the Executive Leaders Program through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Jeff Quinn, MPH, presenter, is the public health preparedness manager with the Southern Nevada Health District in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Office of Public Health Preparedness is responsible for managing multiple federal cooperative agreements, sub-granted to local health authorities from the State of Nevada. Mr. Quinn served in the Clark County Multi-Agency Coordination Center immediately following the October 1, 2017, mass casualty incident in Emergency Support Function #8 and provided support to health care systems through the Medical Surge Area Command in the weeks following this incident. Mr. Quinn most recently served as the chair for the Southern Nevada Healthcare Preparedness Coalition. He is also an active member of Southern Nevada’s Type 3 Incident Management Team, Vegas Strong Resiliency Center-Responder Support Working Group, and The Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association.
Brooke Rogers, PhD, committee member, presenter, and session moderator, is a professor of Behavioural Science and Security in the Department of War
Studies at King’s College London. She is a social psychologist interested in risk and crisis communication, perceptions of risk, and health outcomes in response to extreme events. The majority of her projects investigate public and practitioner responses to chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) terrorist incidents. She is the chair of the Cabinet Office Behavioural Science Expert Group for the National Risk Assessment and National Security Risk Assessment. She maintains membership on various working groups and committees including the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies; the Cabinet Office Community Resilience Programme Steering Group; the Home Office Science Advisory Council; the Home Office, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism Science, Technology, Analysis and Research Programme Challenge Board; the Cabinet Office Community Resilience Programme Steering Group; the Cabinet Office Practitioner Guidance Advisory Group; and Public Health England’s Emergency Response Development Group’s Psychosocial and Behavioural Issues Sub-Group. She has also been involved in teaching and training for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Home Office, Metropolitan Police, Police National CBRN Centre, Department of Homeland Security, and others. Professor Rogers has a BA (cum laude) in psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and a PhD in psychology from Royal Holloway University, University of London.
Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD, presenter, a medical anthropologist, is a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research and policy interests include community resilience to disasters, crisis and emergency risk communication, and public engagement in policy making. Working in the field of public health emergency preparedness for the past 20 years, Dr. Schoch-Spana has led research, education, and advocacy efforts to encourage authorities to enlist the public’s contributions in epidemic and disaster management. National advisory roles include serving on the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Environmental Protection Agency; the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and the National Research Council’s Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.
Vivi Siegel, MPH, presenter, is the acting associate director for communications for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice in the National Center for
Environmental Health. Her focus is on using risk communication principles to help stakeholders understand and deal with health uncertainties surrounding environmental events and exposures, and to take actions to protect themselves and others. She helps lead CDC communications responses for natural, chemical, and radiological emergencies, including the 2011 Fukushima response and 2017 national Gotham Shield exercise, and recently, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael. She holds a BS in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and an MPH in environmental toxicology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Daniel Sosin, MD, MS, panelist, is the deputy director and chief medical officer for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In his current role, Dr. Sosin is the lead science advisor and provides scientific representation for preparedness on behalf of the OPHPR Director and CDC. He serves as a liaison to CDC programs and external partners and assures strategy and program coordination for OPHPR in medical and public health preparedness and response. He is board certified in preventive medicine and internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine, his master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health, and his BS in biology from the University of Michigan.
Jonathan Sury, presenter, is a project director for Field Operations and Communications at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Earth Institute, Columbia University. He has a keen interest in geographic information systems (GISs) and their use in disaster preparedness and recovery. He has more than 10 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research with significant experience field research and study design, implementation, management, and data architecture and analysis. He has been responsible for mobile solutions deployment, management, and data flow on more than eight waves of cohort studies. He has led NCDP’s use of GISs in combination with wireless data collection methods utilizing centralized server applications in both offline and online scenarios.
Koichi Tanigawa, presenter, is the vice president of Fukushima Medical University and the director at Fukushima Global Medical Science Center. He is a graduate of Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University in 1982, and trained in emergency and critical care medicine in Fukuoka, Japan, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Tanigawa has been contributing to the development of the Japan’s radiation emergency medical system when he was professor and chair of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care
Medicine at Hiroshima University. In response to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis, Professor Tanigawa led a radiation emergency medical team dispatched to Fukushima, and later became vice president of Fukushima Medical University. He reported the important issues learned from the Fukushima Accident in The Lancet, and edited a book titled Radiation Disaster Medicine (Springer, 2013).
Lorna Thorpe, PhD, MPH, committee member and session moderator, is a professor of epidemiology, the director of the Division of Epidemiology, as well as the chair of strategy and planning in the Department of Population Health at New York University (NYU). Dr. Thorpe is a leading expert in population health surveillance and performing population-based studies. Her current research focuses on the intersection between epidemiology and policy, particularly with respect to chronic disease prevention and management and improving modern forms of public health surveillance. Before coming to NYU School of Medicine, she served as chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the City University of New York’s School of Public Health for 7 years. Prior to that, Dr. Thorpe spent 9 years at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, including 5 years as deputy commissioner of epidemiology. In her time at the Health Department, Dr. Thorpe led the growth of the Epidemiology Division and oversaw a large portfolio of innovative scientific studies aimed at understanding the health of New York City residents. She also supervised birth and death registration, injury surveillance, epidemiologic consultancies throughout the agency, public health training, and workforce development. Dr. Thorpe serves as chair of the steering committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Prevention Research Center Network, which includes 26 academic institutions around the nation. She has served on National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees and as an advisor to CDC on population health surveillance issues. Dr. Thorpe completed a BA at Johns Hopkins University, an MPH at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
John E. Till, PhD, presenter, is the president of Risk Assessment Corporation (RAC), a research and development organization focusing on environmental risk analysis and dose reconstruction. Dr. Till is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Program, retiring as a rear admiral in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He has published widely in the open literature, editing the first textbook on radiological risk assessment published by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 1983 followed by an updated version in 2008, Radiological Risk Assessment and Environmental Analysis, published by Oxford University Press. He was
the recipient of the E.O. Lawrence Award from the Department of Energy (DOE) in the field of Environmental Science and Technology in 1995 and presented the Lauriston S. Taylor Lecture at the annual meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements in 2013. Dr. Till and the RAC team have performed historical dose reconstructions at 12 former or current DOE sites as well as other facilities where radionuclides have been released to the environment and raised public concerns.
Kayo Togawa, PhD, MPH, presenter, is an epidemiologist in the Section of Environment and Radiation at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer research agency. Her current work primarily involves the coordination of the Thyroid Monitoring after Nuclear Accidents project, where an international, multidisciplinary expert group convened by IARC developed recommendations on long-term thyroid health monitoring after nuclear accidents. Dr. Togawa also works on research projects at IARC, such as the consortium of agricultural cohort studies and the African Breast Cancer–Disparities in Outcomes study. Her current research interests are in occupational cancer epidemiology and early detection of cancer. Dr. Togawa received an MPH and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Southern California.
Robert Ursano, PhD, presenter, is a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hébert of Medicine and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Ursano completed 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force medical corps. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has received the Department of Defense Humanitarian Service Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Traumatic Stress Society, the William C. Menninger Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians, and the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychiatry. He is the senior editor of the Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry and was the first chairman of the APA’s Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster. His work focuses on the interface of psychiatry and public health in times of disaster and terrorism.
Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN, committee member and session moderator, is a professor of nursing and public health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness, she has served as senior scientist to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency,
and the Veterans Affairs Emergency Management Evaluation Center. An accomplished researcher, Dr. Veenema is a member of the American Red Cross National Scientific Advisory Board and is an elected fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Dublin, Ireland. She is the editor of Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, 4th edition, the leading textbook in the field. Dr. Veenema was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor (International Red Crescent, 2013), the highest international award in nursing, for her professional service in disasters and public health emergencies and was the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award (2017). She served as the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) 2018 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence and has been a member of several NAM committees including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Standing Committee for the Strategic National Stockpile, the CDC Committee on Evidence-Based Practices for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, and the CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Committee on the Use of Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care. Dr. Veenema received master’s degrees in nursing administration (1992), pediatrics (1993), and public health (1999), and a PhD in health services research and policy (2001) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Jessica Wieder, presenter, is the director of the Center for Radiation Information and Outreach at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She has worked in the field of radiation communication for 14 years and serves as the senior public information officer for EPA’s Radiological Emergency Response Team. Ms. Wieder leads the United States Nuclear/Radiological Communication Working Group and is a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.
Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, presenter, is the director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is a professor of family medicine and population health. He holds the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Population Health and Health Equity. Dr. Woolf has edited three books. Over a period of 16 years in his early career, Dr. Woolf served as scientific advisor to, and a member of, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He is author of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice and has published more than 200 articles in a career that has focused on raising public awareness about the social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and produce inequities. Dr. Woolf was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001.
Kevin Yeskey, MD, presenter, currently serves as the principal deputy assistant secretary to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The office leads the nation in preventing, responding to, and recovering from the adverse health effects of man-made and naturally occurring disaster and public health emergencies. Dr. Yeskey spent more than 24 years as a physician in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and retired as CAPTAIN. In his USPHS career, he served in various agencies in HHS, including the Indian Health Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2007 to 2012, he was the deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response and the director of the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations. From 1986 to 1999, Dr. Yeskey was a member of the HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Team of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), serving as the Team Commander from 1993–1999. He was the chief medical officer for the NDMS program from 1998–1999. Dr. Yeskey also served as the Medical Policy Advisor to Federal Emergency Management Agency Operations prior to retiring from the USPHS. Dr. Yeskey received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has been board certified in emergency medicine for more than 30 years.