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

Advisory Committee
Pictured: Anthony Flammia, Catherine McVay Hughes, Paul Middendorf (DFO), William Rom, Virginia Weaver, Lila Nordstrom (in front), Vaylateena Jones (behind – partially hidden), Liz Ward (Chair), Glenn Talaska (behind), Rosemarie Bowler, Mike McCawley, Tom Aldrich, Leo Trasande, Steven Markowitz, Mickey Kelly

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:

  • Epidemiologist:

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

  • Environmental Health Specialists:

    Glenn Talaska, Ph.D., C.I.H.
    Professor, Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

    Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P.
    Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Health Policy, New York University; Associate Attending in Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY

  • Industrial Hygienist:

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

  • Mental Health Professional:

    Rosemarie Bowler, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Professor Emerita

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

    Steven Markowitz, M.D.
    Professor of Environmental Sciences and Director of The Center for The Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College, City University of New York, New York, NY

    William Rom, M.D., M.P.H.
    Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine
    Director, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY

  • Occupational Physicians:

    Robert Harrison, M.D., M.P.H.
    Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco;
    Chief, Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program, California Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA

    Virginia Weaver, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

  • Physician with Pulmonary Medicine Expertise:

    Thomas K. Aldrich, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine and Director of The Pulmonary Training Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York, NY

  • Representative of Certified-Eligible WTC Survivors:

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

    Catherine McVay Hughes
    Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1, New York, NY

    Lila Nordstrom
    Los Angeles, CA

  • Representatives of WTC Responders:

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

    Anthony Flammia
    Long Island, NY

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