WTC Health Program: Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

The Administrator of the WTC Health Program is responsible for appointing members to the STAC. The make-up of the STAC is specified in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. A STAC member's term may last up to three years (except for some of the initial members whose term is 4 years). If a vacancy occurs, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program will appoint a new member in the same area of expertise as the individual they replace. Once a member has completed their term, they may be appointed to additional terms.

Below is the current list of STAC members and their affiliations arranged by area of expertise:

  • Environmental Health Specialists:

    Margaret A. Ryan, M.D., M.P.H.
    Medical Director, Defense Health Agency - Immunizations, Regional Office at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA

    Sheela Sathyanarayana, M.D., M.P.H.
    Attending Physician, Center for Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, Washington

  • Epidemiologist:

    Elizabeth M. Ward, Ph.D.
    National Vice-President for Intramural Research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA
    Advisory Committee Chair-Person

  • Industrial Hygienist:

    Michael McCawley, Ph.D.
    Interim Chair, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

  • Mental Health Professional:

    Rosemarie Bowler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Professor Emerita, El Cerrito, CA

  • Occupational Physicians:

    Annyce Mayer, M.D., M.S.P.H.
    Associate Professor, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

    Marc Wilkenfeld, M.D.
    Chief, Division of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital, Garden City, New York

  • Occupational Physicians with Experience in Treating WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers::

    Steven Markowitz, M.D.
    Professor and Director, Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Queens College, University of New York, Flushing, NY

    William N Rom, M.D., M.P.H.
    Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY

  • Physician with Pulmonary Medicine Expertise:

    Mridu Gulati, M.D., M.P.H.
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine, School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

  • Toxicologist:

    Glenn Talaska, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Divisions of Industrial and Environmental Hygiene and Toxicology, Cincinnati, OH

  • Representative of Certified-Eligible WTC Survivors:

    Catherine M. Hughes, M.B.A.
    Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1, World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee, New York, NY

    Vaylateena Jones
    Representative, Manhattan Community Board 3, World Trade Center Health Program's Survivors Steering Committee, New York, NY

    Lila Nordstrom
    Founder and Executive Director, Stuyvesant Healthcare initiative (StuyHealth), Los Angeles, CA

  • Representatives of WTC Responders:

    Mickey Kelly
    Executive Director, New York Laborers Health & Safety Trust Fund, Albany, NY

    Micki Siegel de Hernández
    Health and Safety Director, District 1, Communications Workers of America, New York, New York

    Guillermina E. Mejia, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
    Principal Program Coordinator; Safety & Health Department; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; New York, NY

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