Meredith C., McCormack MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a joint appointment in environmental health and engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. McCormack has clinical expertise in asthma, COPD, general pulmonary and critical care medicine, as well as pulmonary physiology and pulmonary function testing. She serves as the medical director of the Johns Hopkins University Pulmonary Function Laboratory and the vice chair of the American Thoracic Society Committee for Proficiency Standards in Pulmonary Function Testing. Dr. McCormack is a physician-scientist with a research focus on the effect of environmental influences on underlying obstructive lung disease—specifically air pollution, diet, and obesity influences on COPD and asthma. She has been funded by the NIEHS and the EPA to conduct environmental cohort studies to understand the effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution on children and adults with underlying respiratory disease. Her work is largely focused in Baltimore City but has included rural areas of Washington State, Appalachia, and the Caribbean. Dr. McCormack serves as the associate program director of the Johns Hopkins Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program and plays an active role in mentoring fellows and junior faculty. She earned her MD from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and her MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. McCormack completed internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins.
Cecile S. Rose
Cecile S. Rose, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, with an academic appointment at University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine. Her research interests focus on environmental and occupational lung diseases, specifically respiratory diseases affecting active duty military personnel and veterans. Dr. Rose has been involved in multi-disciplinary collaborative research in noninfectious granulomatous lung diseases including sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis and in mining-related lung diseases including silicosis and rapidly progressive pneumoconiosis in coal miners. Dr. Rose has served on several National Academies committees, including the Committee on Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace, the Committee on the Study of Control of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Exposure in Underground Mines, the Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, the Planning Committee for a Workshop on the Integration of FDA and NIOSH Conformity Assessment Process of Respiratory Protective Devices for Health Care Workers, and the Planning Committee for a Workshop on the Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators in Health Care. Dr. Rose received her MD and Masters of Public Health from University of Illinois. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and occupational/environmental medicine.
Frank E. Speizer
Frank E. Speizer, MD, is a Professor of Environmental Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Edward H. Kass Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the university’s School of Medicine. Dr. Speizer’s research efforts are divided between his role as a senior investigator in the Environmental Epidemiology Program in the Department of Environmental Health and his responsibilities in the Channing Division of Network Medicine in the Department of Medicine. The two programs are integrated in the area of study of the natural history of respiratory diseases and in studies of environmental risks for chronic diseases, including risks for cancer and cardiorespiratory diseases. The projects in respiratory diseases involve population-based studies of large groups of subjects who are identified by acute and chronic exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollutants and monitored for symptoms and pulmonary function. He has over 500 papers and reports published on these and on several other topics. Dr. Speizer is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine. His other honors include the 2010 John Goldsmith Award in Environmental Epidemiology from the International Environmental Epidemiology Society. He has previously served on the National Academies Committee on Acute exposure Guideline Levels, the IG14 Planning Committee, the Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matters, the Committee on an Assessment of a Study of Possible Occupational Health Effects on Ionizing Radiation among Nuclear Utility Workers, and the Subcommittee on Pulmonary Toxicology. Dr. Speizer earned his MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Elaine Symanski, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science and serves as Director of UTHealth’s Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Symanski’s primary research interests include the investigation of health effects associated with environmental and occupational exposures in vulnerable populations using community-engaged approaches; development and application of quantitatively based approaches for evaluating occupational and environmental exposures; and retrospective exposure assessment. Her professional activities include serving as President of the American Association of Programs in Occupational Safety and Health (for 2018), a member of the Advisory Committee to the Texas Cancer Registry, and an advisory board member of the Texas Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program. Dr. Symanski has previously served on two National Academies committees: the Committee on the Review of the Styrene Assessment in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens and the Committee on Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune. She also served on the Working Group for the IARC Monograph on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans – Volume 120 (Benzene). Dr. Symanski received her PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and her MSPH in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sverre Vedal, MD, MSc, is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health and an attending physician in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle. He also holds the AXA Research Fund Chair in Air Pollution and Health at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences in Beijing, China and works with collaborators on air pollution exposure and health studies in China. Dr. Vedal is a pulmonary physician and an epidemiologist with research interests in occupational lung disease and in the adverse health effects of community air pollution. He was director of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Clean Air Research at UW, which employed the disciplines of exposure science, toxicology, epidemiology and biostatistics to investigate the cardiovascular health effects of exposure to multi-pollutant atmospheres. Dr. Vedal has published widely on air pollution exposure and health effects and served on advisory committees of the US EPA and the National Institutes of Health. He has been on two previous National Academies committees: the Committee on Evaluation of the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States. Dr. Vedal received his MD from the University of Colorado and MSc in epidemiology from Harvard University. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.
Jody R. Wireman
Jody Wireman PhD, MSPH, MPA, CIH, DABT, is an Environmental Health Advisor for the Defense Health Agency, counseling senior Department of Defense officials on public health, toxicology, environmental exposure, and occupational health and safety for industrial and operational chemical, biological, and radiological hazards. In that capacity, he leads efforts to evaluate of historical, ongoing, and future exposures, refining Joint Health Risk Management-related capabilities and supporting personal sample collection advancements. Dr. Wireman has over 25 years of experience as a public health professional, manager, and educator. He previously served as Director of Force Health Protection at the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. Earlier, he was a toxicologist and a human and ecological health scientist at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. His previous efforts focused on worker health protection and environmental restoration of radiologically- and chemically-contaminated hazardous waste sites. Dr. Wireman earned a BS in Safety Sciences from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MSPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Tech University.