APPENDIX C
Committee and Staff Biographies

COMMITTEE BIOGRAPHIES

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D. (Chair), is professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; director of the Reproductive Epidemiology Program; and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center. She has published extensively on risk assessment, occupationally related cancer, environmental exposures, reproductive outcomes, and methods for epidemiologic data analysis. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto serves on several editorial boards and is currently president-elect of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.

Margit L.Bleecker, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Neurology in Baltimore. Her research interests are in the areas of clinical industrial neurotoxicology and occupational neurology. Dr. Bleecker recently served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants and has served on the IOM Committee on the Evaluation of the Department of Defense Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Protocol and the IOM Committee on the Persian Gulf Syndrome Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program.

Thomas A.Gasiewicz, Ph.D., is professor of Environmental Medicine and deputy director of the Environmental Health Sciences Center in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He serves



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Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2000 APPENDIX C Committee and Staff Biographies COMMITTEE BIOGRAPHIES Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D. (Chair), is professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; director of the Reproductive Epidemiology Program; and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center. She has published extensively on risk assessment, occupationally related cancer, environmental exposures, reproductive outcomes, and methods for epidemiologic data analysis. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto serves on several editorial boards and is currently president-elect of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. Margit L.Bleecker, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Neurology in Baltimore. Her research interests are in the areas of clinical industrial neurotoxicology and occupational neurology. Dr. Bleecker recently served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants and has served on the IOM Committee on the Evaluation of the Department of Defense Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Protocol and the IOM Committee on the Persian Gulf Syndrome Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program. Thomas A.Gasiewicz, Ph.D., is professor of Environmental Medicine and deputy director of the Environmental Health Sciences Center in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He serves

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Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2000 on the editorial board of Biochemical Pharmacology and is the associate editor of Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. He also is a peer reviewer for several scientific journals including Biochemical Pharmacology, Cancer Research, Fundamental and Applied Toxicology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Science, and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. Dr. Gasiewicz has published extensively on the toxicokinetics of dioxin, dioxin toxicity, and the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in the molecular mechanism of dioxin toxicity. Tee L.Guidotti, M.D., M.P.H., holds the position of department chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health and Health Services of the George Washington University. He is also director of the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine of George Washington University School of Medicine and is cross-appointed as professor of pulmonary medicine. Prior to accepting this position, he served as professor of occupational and environmental medicine and director of the Occupational Health Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine, Edmonton. Dr. Guidotti is certified as a specialist in internal medicine, lung diseases, and occupational medicine. His primary research interests are air quality, inhalation toxicology, and occupational and environmental lung diseases. Dr. Guidotti is president-elect of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, sits on the Board of Directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and serves as chair of the Scientific Committee on Respiratory Disorders of the International Commission on Occupational Health. Robert F.Herrick, Sc.D., is lecturer on industrial hygiene at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he earned a doctor of science in industrial hygiene. Dr. Herrick is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene. His research interests are centered on the assessment of exposure as a cause of occupational and environmental disease. Dr. Herrick is past chair of the American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists, and past president of the International Occupational Hygiene Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, Dr. Herrick spent 17 years at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where he conducted occupational health research. David G.Hoel, Ph.D., holds the position of distinguished university professor and associate director of the Hollings Oncology Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Before joining the Medical University of South Carolina, he held the posts of director of the Division of Biometry and Risk Assessment and acting director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Hoel has been a member of numerous working groups of the International Agency for Cancer Research of the World Health Organization. He also serves as chair of the IOM Committee on the Assessment of Wartime Exposure to Herbicides.

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Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2000 Loren D.Koller, D.V.M., Ph.D., is professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, Corvallis; he formerly served as dean of the college. His research focuses on toxicological, pathological, and immunological effects of toxic substances and on the effects of environmental contaminants on tumor growth and immunity. Dr. Koller also serves on the IOM Committee on the Assessment of Wartime Exposure to Herbicides. Howard Ozer, M.D., Ph.D., is Eason Chair and chief of the Hematology/Oncology Section, director of the Cancer Center, and professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Ozer is a member of several professional societies and has served on the Board of the Society for Biologic Therapy and the Governor’s Cancer Advisory Board for the State of Georgia. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cancer Biotherapy; Cancer Research, Therapy and Control; Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals; and Emedicine; he is a reviewer for numerous journals including Cancer Research, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Ozer has published extensively on the treatment of hematologic malignancies. John J.Stegeman, Ph.D., is senior scientist and chair of the Department of Biology at the Redfield Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry, concentrating on enzymology, from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. His research interests center on metabolism of foreign chemicals in animals and humans, and the structure, function, and regulation of the enzymes that accomplish this metabolism. David S.Strogatz, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., is associate professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology, University at Albany, State University of New York, and adjunct professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his M.S.P.H and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Strogatz’s research examines the epidemiology of diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and the impact of socioeconomic status and race on health. STAFF BIOGRAPHIES ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, Sc.D., is director of the IOM Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Prior to joining IOM, she was a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, where she conducted research on the impact of health system change on the public health infrastructure, access to care for vulnerable populations, managed care, and the health care work force. Dr. Martinez is a former assistant director for health financing and policy with the U.S. General Accounting Office, where she directed evaluations and policy analy-

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Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2000 sis in the area of national and public health issues. Dr. Martinez received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. KATHLEEN STRATTON, Ph.D., was acting director of the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of IOM from 1997 to 1999. She received a B.A. in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the neuropharmacology of phencyclidine compounds at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and in the neurophysiology of second-messenger systems at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she joined the staff of the IOM in 1990. Dr. Stratton has worked on projects in environmental risk assessment, neurotoxicology, the organization of research and services in the Public Health Service, vaccine safety, fetal alcohol syndrome, and vaccine development. She has had primary responsibility for the reports Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines: Evidence Bearing on Causality; DPT Vaccine and Chronic Nervous System Dysfunction; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment; and Vaccines for the 21st Century: An Analytic Tool for Prioritization. DAVID A.BUTLER, Ph.D., is a senior project officer in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from Carnegie-Mellon University. Prior to joining IOM, Dr. Butler served as an analyst for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and was a research associate in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is on the editorial advisory board of the journal Risk: Health, Safety and Environment. His research interests include exposure assessment and risk analysis. JAMES A.BOWERS is a research assistant in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He received his undergraduate degree in environmental studies from Binghamton University. He has also been involved with the IOM committees that produced Characterizing Exposure of Veterans to Agent Orange and Other Herbicides Used in Vietnam, Adequacy of the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program: Nerve Agents; Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures; and Veterans and Agent Orange: Herbicide/Dioxin Exposure and Type 2 Diabetes. JENNIFER A.COHEN is a research assistant in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She received her undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Maryland. She has also been involved with the IOM committees that produced Organ Procurement and Transplantation, Clearing

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Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2000 the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures, and Veterans and Agent Orange: Herbicide/Dioxin Exposure and Type 2 Diabetes. MARJAN NAJAFI, M.P.H., is a research associate in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She received her undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Rhode Island. She served as a public health engineer with the Maryland Department of Environment and later, Research Triangle Institute. After obtaining a master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, she managed a lead poisoning prevention program in Micronesia for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PATRICIA SPAULDING is a senior project assistant in the IOM Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She has also been involved with a number of previous IOM committees, including those that produced Safety of Silicone Breast Implants, National Center for Military Deployment Health Research, and Gulf War Veterans: Measuring Health. ANNA STATON is a project assistant in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Ms. Staton joined the IOM in December 1999 and has also worked with the committee that produced No Time to Lose: Getting More from HIV Prevention. Prior to joining the IOM, she worked at the Baltimore Women’s Health Study. Ms. Staton graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a bachelor of arts degree in visual arts (major) and women’s studies (minor) degree. She is currently working toward a master of public administration at the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.

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