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STAC Members

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. The term of a committee member may last up to four 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.

STAC Members and their Affiliations


Elizabeth M. Ward, Ph.D.
Captain (retired)
Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
Asheville, NC
Term: 3/18/2022 – 9/30/2025

Designated Federal Officer

Tania Carreón-Valencia, Ph.D., M.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


John Comiskey, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Homeland Security
Department of Criminal Justice
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ
Term: 3/7/2022 – 9/30/2025
Joanna Gaitens, Ph.D., M.S.N./M.P.H., R.N.
Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Term: 3/8/2022 – 9/30/2025
Mridu Gulati, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Term: 3/29/2022 – 9/30/2025
Mariama James
Manhattan Community Board 1
Quality of Life Committee
WTCHP Survivors Steering Committee
New York, NY
Term: 10/1/2020 – 9/30/2024
Anita Jose, Ph.D.
Child Welfare Programs
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY
Term: 10/2/2020 – 9/30/2024
Indrina Dalal Kanth
Chief of Staff
Rocky Mountain Prep
Denver, CO
Term: 3/28/2022 – 9/30/2025
Michael D. Larrañaga, Ph.D., F.A.I.H.A., P.E., C.I.H., C.S.P.
Managing Principal, President, and Co-Founder
Risk Engineering and Management
Dallas, TX
Term: 10/1/2020 – 9/30/2024
Steven Markowitz, M.D., Dr.PH.
Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment
Queens College
City University of New York
Term: 3/9/2022 – 9/30/2025
John D. Meyer, M.D., M.P.H.
Division of Occupational Medicine
Department of Environmental Medicine & Public Health
Icahn - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY
Term: 10/1/2020 – 9/30/2024
Lawrence C. Mohr, M.D.
Distinguished University Professor
Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Term: 10/1/2020 – 9/30/2024
Jason W. Ostrowe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
St. Joseph's University
New York, NY
Term: 10/1/2020 – 9/30/2024
Aarti B. Surti, M.D., M.H.C.D.S.
Associate Medical Director
Oscar Center
Oscar Health
Brooklyn, NY
Term: 10/5/2020 – 9/30/2024
Glenn Talaska, Ph.D., C.I.H.
Professor Emeritus and Past interim Chair
Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH
Term: 3/8/2022 – 9/30/2025