COMMITTEE MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES
David A. Savitz, Ph.D. (chair), is a professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, with joint appointments as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics in the Alpert Medical School. From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Savitz served as the vice president for research at Brown University. He came to Brown in 2010 from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he had served as the Charles W. Bluhdorn Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine and the director of the Disease Prevention and Public Health Institute since 2006. Before that appointment, he taught and conducted research at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His epidemiologic research has addressed a wide range of public health issues, including exposures related to military deployments, veterans’ health, environmental effects of energy development, risks from environmental exposures during pregnancy, and drinking water safety. He has authored more than 400 papers in professional journals and is the editor or author of four books on environmental epidemiology. He has served as president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and as the North American Regional Councilor for the International Epidemiological Association. Dr. Savitz is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, inducted in 2007, and has previously served on 14 consensus committees, 8 of which he chaired or vice-chaired, in addition to serving on several other National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convening activities. He chaired the 2017 Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. Dr. Savitz received his undergraduate training in psychology at Brandeis University, holds a master’s degree in preventive medicine from The Ohio State University, and received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
John R. Balmes, M.D., is a professor of medicine emeritus in the divisions of occupational and environmental medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also an emeritus professor of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. Dr. Balmes studies the respiratory, cardiovascular, and metabolic health effects of various air pollutants, including combustion products resulting from indoor cooking stoves and wild fires. He has a particular interest in occupational respiratory disease. He has investigated the acute effects of inhalation exposures to ambient air pollutants in the human exposure laboratory at San Francisco General Hospital and the chronic effects of such exposures
in epidemiological studies with collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Balmes has been the physician member of the California Air Resources Board since 2008. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Long-term Health Effects of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, of the Committee for Review of the Department of Defense’s Enhanced Particulate Matter Surveillance Project, and of the Committee on the Gulf War and Health: Update 11 Generational Effects of Serving in the Gulf War. Dr. Balmes received his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Michelle Bell, Ph.D., M.S., M.Sc., M.S.E., is the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with secondary appointments at the Yale School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences Division, and the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, Environmental Engineering Program. Her research investigates how human health is affected by environmental conditions such as atmospheric systems, including air pollution, weather, and wild fires and other exposures. Much of this work is based in epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental engineering. Her research is designed to be policy-relevant and to contribute to well-informed decision making to better protect human health and benefit society. She is the recipient of the Prince Albert II de Monaco/Institut Pasteur Award, the Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and the National Institutes of Health Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2020 and has served as a member on two consensus committees, including the Committee for Review of the Department of Defense Enhanced Particulate Matter Surveillance Program, and as a member of the planning committee on the Implications of the California Wildfires for Health, Communities, and Preparedness. Dr. Bell holds an M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University, an M.S.E. in environmental management and economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.Sc. in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Michael J. Daniels, Sc.D., is the Andrew Banks Family Endowed Chair, professor, and chair in the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida. His research focuses on Bayesian methodology for missing data and causal inference. He has served as co-editor of the biostatistical methodology journal Biometrics. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, received the Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award (from Harvard Biostatistics) in 2014, and the L. Adrienne Cupples Award from Boston University in 2022. He recently finished his term as president of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometrics Society and is currently chair of the Statistics in Epidemiology section of the American Statistical Association, among many past leadership positions. He received his Sc.D. in biostatistics from Harvard University.
Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, Sc.D., M.S.P.H., is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is trained as an environmental engineer and epidemiologist. Her research focuses on applied statistical issues related to environmental epidemiology, including quantifying and correcting for exposure measurement error, exposure prediction uncertainty propagation, and the assessment of high-dimensional and complex exposures in health analyses. Her studies often focus on air pollution exposures, mixtures, identifying vulnerable subpopulations, and characterizing how risks may vary across neighborhood-level and other urban characteristics as well as with changing climate. She holds an M.S.P.H. from the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Sc.D. in environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D., M.S., is the John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics, a professor and the chair of biostatistics, a professor of epidemiology, and a professor of global public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also serves as a research professor at the Michigan Institute of Data Science and is the associate director of quantitative data sciences at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. Dr. Mukherjee’s research interests include statistical methods for the analysis of electronic health records, studies of gene–environment interaction, Bayesian methods, shrinkage estimation, and analysis of multiple pollutants. She is the principal investigator on National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health–funded methodology grants. Dr. Mukherjee is the founding director of the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute on Big Data. She
is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the recipient of many awards for her scholarship, service, and teaching. She was a member of the National Academies’ committees on Inorganic Arsenic and Rising Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities. Dr. Mukherjee has an M.S. in applied statistics and data analysis from the Indian Statistical Institute, an M.S. in mathematical statistics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Purdue University.
Frances Murphy, M.D., M.P.H., is president and chief executive officer of Sigma Health Consulting, LLC, a woman-owned, veteran-owned health care consulting company. Dr. Murphy is a health care executive with extensive experience in managing, operating, and transforming large health care organizations. She serves as a consultant in evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, health information technology, leadership development, health care management, neuroscience and mental health, women’s health, quality and safety, and veterans’ and military health. Recognized as an expert in veterans’ and military occupational health and deployment and post-deployment health, she formerly served as a consultant to Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom on Gulf War issues. Dr. Murphy served as co-principal investigator for the National Health Survey of Gulf War (GW) Veterans and their Families, a population based study of 15,000 GW deployed and 15,000 GW era non-deployed veterans and family members. Although Dr. Murphy did not participate directly, her company was one of three companies that conducted work under a blanket purchase agreement with the Office of Post-Deployment Health Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an analysis of the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry data linked with VA medical records (no evaluation component and all directed by VA). This work was completed in August 2020 before the reassessment committee was appointed. Dr. Murphy had a 20-year career working in VA at both medical centers and in the VA central office. She served as the principal deputy under secretary for health from 1999 to 2002 and then as the deputy under secretary for health for health policy coordination from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Murphy has served as a member of two National Academies’ boards and has served on three consensus committees, including the Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, completing her service as a major in the Medical Corps. Dr. Murphy is board certified in neurology and earned her M.D. at Georgetown University School of Medicine and her M.P.H. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Kristen M. Olson, Ph.D., M.S., is the Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Professor in sociology and the director of the Bureau of Sociological Research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Dr. Olson’s research includes examining interviewer effects, paradata, the intersection of nonresponse and measurement errors, within-household selection in self-administered surveys, and questionnaire design. She has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications that have appeared in numerous journals. Dr. Olson is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Olson has previously served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus committees on Nonresponse in Social Science Surveys: A Research Agenda, on Reengineering the Census Bureau’s Annual Economics Surveys, and Measuring Alternative Work Arrangements for Research and Policy. She has an M.S. degree in survey methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.
Tyler Smith, Ph.D., M.S., is a professor and statistical epidemiologist at National University in San Diego. He has conducted extensive longitudinal studies and research on the physical and mental health of military populations, particularly those who have served overseas during the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to joining National University, Dr. Smith was a department head of deployment health research and a principal investigator for the Millennium Cohort Study, a Department of Defense–sponsored project that has been conducted to evaluate the long-term effects of military service. Following the 1991 Gulf War, Dr. Smith worked with a team to use growing electronic data repositories to conduct epidemiologic research focused on possible health outcomes from deployment. He then worked on a team composed of all the military services, VA, the Scientific Steering and Advisory Committee of the Millennium Cohort Study, and a data and analytic team in the late 1990s to develop the
study’s methods and assess its progress and priorities. This rigorous design allowed for the assessment of baseline characteristics prior to exposures in theater and through the observation of disease incidence. These efforts have culminated in 150 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals including JAMA, the British Medical Journal, and the American Journal of Epidemiology and approximately 300 presentations at scholarly meetings. He previously served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Initial Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families. Dr. Smith completed his B.S. in mathematics with an option in statistics from Chico State, an M.S. in statistics from the University of Kentucky, and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego.
Anne N. Styka, M.P.H., PMP, is a senior program officer in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies. Over her tenure she has worked on more than 13 studies (directing or codirecting 6 of them) on a broad range of topics related to the health of military and veteran populations and environmental and occupational health. Studies have included mental health treatment offered in the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs; designing and evaluating epidemiologic research studies of deployment-related exposures, including burn pits, dioxin, and other chemical agents and the use of antimalarial drugs; and directing a research program of fostering new research studies using data and biospecimens collected as part of the 20-year Air Force Health Study. Before coming to the National Academies, Ms. Styka spent several years working as an epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health and the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, specializing in survey design and the analysis of behavioral risk factors and injury. She also spent several months in Zambia as the epidemiologist on a study of silicosis and other nonmalignant respiratory diseases among copper miners. She has several peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to numerous state and national reports. She received her B.S. in cell and tissue bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, has an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Michigan, and is a certified project management professional. Ms. Styka was the 2017 recipient of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies Mount Everest Award, the 2015 recipient of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Medicine Multitasker Award, and a member of the 2011 National Academies’ Distinguished Group Award.
Roberta Wedge, M.S., is a senior program officer in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies. She has directed or substantially contributed to numerous studies on veterans’ and service members’ health, including three reports on health outcomes seen in veterans serving in the 1990–1991 Gulf War; smoking cessation in military and veteran populations; the long-term health consequences of exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan; and a comprehensive assessment of the treatment efforts for posttraumatic stress disorder in the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also directed studies on the peer review process for the DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and a study examining the Department of Labor’s Site Exposure Matrix. She has directed a study for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain and a study for the Social Security Administration on diagnosing and treating adult cancers. Previously, Ms. Wedge directed environmental exposure studies in the Division of Life Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology at the National Academies. Prior to joining the National Academies, Ms. Wedge was a consultant on environmental and human health for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the FDA. She also served as the director of emergency response for the Food Safety and Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She received her M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University.
Aashaka Shinde, M.A., M.S.P.H, is a research associate in the Health and Medicine Division. Ms. Shinde graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on social and behavioral interventions. During her graduate studies Ms. Shinde conducted field research on a variety of topics pertaining to health care access among minority populations. In her work at the National Academies, Ms. Shinde has contributed to a study on the effects of antimicrobial resistance on human and animal health. She also worked on studies focused on maternal and child health research prior to joining the National Academies.
Alexandra McKay, M.A., is a senior program assistant in the Health and Medicine Division. Ms. McKay graduated from Yale University, where she received her M.A. in archaeological studies. Ms. McKay also has experience working for the National Park Service as an interpretation ranger concentrating on science education and public engagement. While working at the National Academies, Ms. McKay has contributed to studies concerning environmental health, including Guidance on PFAS Testing and Health Outcomes consensus study which was a collaborative project with the Division on Earth and Life Studies, and Children’s Environmental Health: A Workshop on Future Priorities for Environmental Health Sciences.
Rose Marie Martinez, Sc.D., has been the senior board director of the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (BPH) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine since 1999. BPH addresses the science base for population health and public health interventions and examines the capacity of the health system, particularly the public health infrastructure, to support disease prevention and health promotion activities, including the education and supply of health professionals necessary for carrying them out. BPH has examined such topics as the safety of childhood vaccines and other drugs, systems for evaluating and ensuring drug safety post-marketing, the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids, the health effects of environmental exposures, population health improvement strategies, the integration of medical care and public health, women’s health services, health disparities, health literacy, tobacco control strategies, and chronic disease prevention, among others. Dr. Martinez was awarded the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Research Cecil Award for significant contributions to IOM reports of exceptional quality and influence. Prior to joining the National Academies, Dr. Martinez was a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy Research (1995–1999), where she conducted research on the impact of health system change on public health infrastructure, access to care for vulnerable populations, managed care, and the health care workforce. Dr. Martinez is a former assistant director for health financing and policy with the U.S. General Accountability Office, where she directed evaluations and policy analysis in the area of national and public health issues (1988–1995). Her experience also includes 6 years directing research studies for the Regional Health Ministry of Madrid, Spain (1982–1988). Dr. Martinez is a member of the Council on Education for Public Health, the accreditation body for schools of public health and public health programs. She received the degree of doctor of science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
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