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STAC Members

Contact STAC

Designated Federal Officer
Tania Carreón-Valencia
wtc-stac@cdc.gov

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.

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

Chair
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
Members
Sophie Balk, M.D.
Pediatrician
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Bronx, NY
Term: 10/1/2019 – 9/30/2023
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
Chandra Davis
Owner
BCD Consulting
Hornbeak, TN
Term: 10/1/2019 – 9/30/2023
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
Co-Chair
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.
Director
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.
Professor and Director
Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment
Queens College
City University of New York
Professor
DrPH Program
CUNY School of Public Health
Term: 3/9/2022 – 9/30/2025
John D. Meyer, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor
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
Debra Milek, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Consultant
Department of General Internal Medicine
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA
Term: 10/1/2019 – 9/30/2023
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
Borough of Manhattan Community College
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