Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB) is one of the largest departments within the School of Medicine and its standing follows from the prominence of public health in the mission of the Department of Defense. The mission of the PMB Department is "to enhance health in human populations through medical education, research, and service that support and improve programs of preventive medicine, community health, and health promotion in the uniformed services."

James (Jim) Fike, MD

Name: James (Jim) Fike MD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health Division and Global Health Consultant

Email: jim.fike@fgh.us.com (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 943-0026

Profile

Profile

Dr. Jim Fike is a consultant in global health, working in travel and tropical medicine, and healthcare technologies in the humanitarian assistance and disaster response environments. He is board certified in internal medicine, qualified in aerospace medicine and has extensive experience in operational, wilderness, tropical, and travel medicine. A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, he spent the last 11 years of his career within the Air Force International Health Specialist program in a variety of positions, including the director of the program and consultant in international health to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General. While active duty military he maintained special experience identifiers as a global and regional health specialist. He served at all levels, tactical through strategic, both as a clinician and as a subject matter expert in medical stability operations; and either planned or led medical missions in 85 countries on 5 continents. Prior to that he was a Critical Care Air Transport Team physician and deployed medical commander for USAF Expeditionary Medical System missions in various operations. He remains clinically active as an internal medicine Red Cross volunteer physician for the U.S. Air Force, occasionally practicing overseas in humanitarian-based medical missions.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Brigham Young University 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Translation, Brigham Young University 1984
  • Doctorate of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine 1988
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Keesler USAF Medical Center, Keesler AFB, MS 1991
  • Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, Brooks AFB, TX 1993
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians 2007

Research

Dr Fike's research interests are in mobile learning and mobile applications for medical operations focused on austere environments, the implications of culture and language on healthcare, automation of medical information and measures of effectiveness, medical stability operations and military global health engagement, and travel and tropical medicine.

Teaching

  • USU PMO548 - Joint Medical Operations and Humanitarian Assistance Course; Communicating Medical Risks
  • USU Military Tropical Medicine Course; Medical Risk Assessments and Travel/Tropical Medicine Resources
  • USAF Public Health Basic Course (USAF School of Aerospace Medicine); Pre-deployment Planning and Preparation
  • Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute; Medical Stability Operations Course; multiple topics
  • Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute; Public Health Emergency Management Course; Foreign Consequence Management
  • Military Medicine Special Interest Group (George Washington University School of Medicine); Military Medicine
  • Independent Duty Medical Technician Course (Medical Education and Training Campus); Pre-deployment Preparation
  • Various travel, operational, and austere medicine topics at symposia (Society of Air Force Physician Assistants, Aerospace Medical Association, USAF Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, USAFE Flight Surgeon's Conference, ANGEL THUNDER pararescue exercise training)

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Health
  • Travel and Tropical Medicine
  • Wilderness and Austere Medicine
  • Health Engagement
  • Humanitarian and Disaster Response Medical Operations
  • Mobile Learning

Selected Recent Publications

What Every Airman Needs to Know about Medical Stability Operations, Air and Space Power Journal, Volume 28, Issue 1, Jan - Feb 2014

Professional Activities

Boards
  • DoD Global Health Working Group (OASD/HA), ad hoc support
Committees
  • Chairman, International Committee, The Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS)
Memberships
  • American College of Physicians, Society of Air Force Physicians Chapter (SAFP)
  • Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA)
  • International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
  • The Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS)
  • Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA)

Peer Reviewer Appointments

  • Military Medicine

David A. Tarantino, Jr., MD

Name: David A. Tarantino, Jr., MD, MPH

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health Division

Research Interests:
Principal Investigator, Defense Medical Language Initiative

Email: dtarantino@cdham.org (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 294-7751
Room: 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 707 Rockville, MD 20852

Profile

Profile

Degrees - B. A. Human Biology, Stanford University, 1987; M.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1992; Residency in Family Medicine, Bremerton Naval Hospital, 1998; M.P.H. USUHS, 2008; Preventive Medicine Residency, USUHS, 2009; International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, IIHA, 2009

Research

Principal Investigator, Defense Medical Language Initiative

Teaching

  • Teaching Fellow, PMB

Areas of Expertise

  • Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Response, Medical Stability Operations, Global Health

Selected Recent Publications

Military Medicine, Editor/Lead Author for Borden Institute Textbook re Global Health Security (in development)

Professional Activities

  • American College of Preventive Medicine - member

Kenneth Schor DO

kenneth schor

Name: Kenneth Schor DO

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Assistant Professor, Global Health Division and Acting Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH)

Email: kenneth.schor@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Links
Department Website

Profile

Profile

Dr. Schor is a civilian faculty member in the School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), serving as Acting Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health since December 2008. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics. Dr. Schor received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Allegheny College; a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; a Master of Science (with Distinction) from the National Defense University; and Master of Public Health from USU. Graduate medical education includes Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine Residencies. He is an American Board of Preventive Medicine Diplomate and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. His 27 years of active duty service in the Navy Medical Corps includes the following positions: Flight Surgeon; Family Practice Staff; Chief of Hospital Medical Staff; Branch Clinic Medical Director; University Physician; Amphibious Task Force Surgeon; Officer-in-Charge of a Fleet Surgical Team; US Marine Corps Headquarters Preventive Medicine Officer; Medical Director for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (Office of the Secretary of Defense/Policy); USU Faculty and National Capital Consortium General Preventive Medicine Residency Associate Program Director. His top three personal medals include the Defense Superior Services Medal, Legion of Merit, and Defense Meritorious Services Medal. Dr. Schor has been a physician for over 31 years including 15 years of disaster medicine experience, 16 years clinical practice, 9 years outpatient and inpatient medical leadership, 13 years of graduate medical education involvement, 9 years teaching faculty, and over 5 years senior federal policy experience.

Deborah C. Girasek, PhD

Deborah C. Girasek

Name: Deborah C. Girasek, MPH, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division

Email: deborah.girasek@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-9775
Room: Bldg. A, Room 2055A

Links
Department Website

Profile

Profile

Dr. Girasek currently serves as the Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In that capacity she oversees graduate training in the social and behavioral aspects of public health. Her research focuses on unintentional injuries. In particular, Dr. Girasek is interested in increasing the adoption of evidence-based injury prevention methods. Her work is widely published, and she is frequently invited to speak in national and international venues.

Degrees

  • MPH Health Education/Health Behavior, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • PhD Social and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health 

Research

Dr. Girasek has carried out mail and telephone surveys that explore public beliefs about the leading causes of fatal unintentional injury in the United States, and how such deaths should be prevented.

She directed one of the first scientific attempts to measure Traffic Safety Culture on a national level. Such systematic approaches are critical to increasing social support for evidence-based road safety efforts.

In collaboration with USUHS graduate students, she has demonstrated that members of lower socioeconomic groups are less likely to drive motor vehicles with optimal safety features, and that child safety seat instructions are written at too high of a reading level for large segments of the United States' parent population.

Dr. Girasek designed an intervention to persuade parents with pools to install isolation fencing that could reduce their children's risk of drowning by more than 80%. In this randomized-control evaluation study, mothers who were exposed to the treatment video were more likely to erect the recommended type of fence, and significantly more likely to take infant/child CPR training.

Dr. Girasek performed the inaugural study of airline passengers' use of alcohol, as well as their use of seatbelts in flight.

In a small, qualitative study, Dr. Girasek asked parents who had lost children to unintentional injury how they felt about contributing to prevention campaigns, and what advice they would offer injury control professionals who wanted to partner with surviving family members.

Dr. Girasek carried out a drowning prevention needs assessment in Yosemite National Park, and is currently planning to evaluate a water safety intervention in another outdoor venue.

Dr. Girasek is currently analyzing interviews she conducted with state policy-makers to understand what influences how they vote on traffic safety legislation.

Teaching

  • PMO 531 Program Planning and Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Social & Behavioral Aspects of Unintentional Injury Control
  • Needs Assessment
  • Survey Development
  • Focus Group Facilitation
  • Program Development & Evaluation
  • Drowning Prevention
  • Traffic Safety

Selected Publications

  • Girasek DC, Marschall JS, Pope D. Patterns of behavior that pose potential drowning risk to hikers at Yosemite National Park. Journal of Travel Medicine 23(1):tav016, 2016. doi: 10.1093/jtm/tav016. 
  • Girasek DC, Marschall JS, Pope D. Understanding Hikers Who Approached a Hazardous River in Yosemite National Park. Injury Prevention. Published Online First:28 September 2015 doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041625.
  • Girasek DC. How members of the public interpret the word accident. Injury Prevention 21:205-210, 2015. doi:10.1136/ip.5.1.19rep  (Please Note: this citation marks the paper’s selection for republication, in honor of the journal’s 20 year anniversary).
  • Girasek DC. Gauging Popular Support for Traffic Safety in the United States. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 50:1112–1117, 2013.
  • Girasek DC. Towards operationalizing and measuring the Traffic Safety Culture construct.  International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 9(1):37- 46, 2012. 
  • Smith KC, Girasek DC, Baker S, Manganello J, Bowman SM, Samuels A, Gielen A. 'It was a freak accident': An analysis of the labeling of injury events in the U.S. press. Injury Prevention.18(1):38-43, 2012. 
  • Girasek DC. Evaluation of a brief intervention designed to increase CPR training among pregnant pool owners. Health Education Research. 26(4):689-97, 2011.
  • Girasek DC, Taylor B. An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Motor Vehicle Safety Features. Traffic Injury Prevention 11(2):151-155, 2010.
  • Canham-Chervak, M; Hooper, TI; Brennan, FH; Craig, SC; Girasek, DC; Schaefer, FA; Barbour, G; Yew, KS; Jones, BH. A Systematic Process to Prioritize Prevention Activities: Sustaining Progress Toward the Reduction of Military Injuries. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 38(1, Supplement):S11-18, 2010.
  • McKibben JBA, Ekselius L, Girasek DC, Gould NF, Holzer III C, Rosenberg M, Dissanaike S, Gielen, AC. Epidemiology of burn injuries II: Psychiatric and behavioural perspectives. International Review of Psychiatry, 21(6): 1-10, 2009.
  • Girasek DC, Olsen CH. Airline Passengers' Alcohol Use and Its Safety Implications. Journal of Travel Medicine 16(5):311-316, 2009.
  • Girasek DC, Olsen CH. Usual seatbelt practices reported by airline passengers surveyed in gate areas of a U.S. airport. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 78:1050-1054, 2007.
  • Girasek DC. Would society pay more attention to injuries if the injury control community paid more attention to risk communication science? Injury Prevention 12:71-73, 2006.
  • Girasek DC. Advice From Bereaved Parents: on Forming Partnerships for Injury Prevention. Health Promotion Practice 6(2):207-213, 2005.
  • Girasek DC. Parents who have lost children to injuries discuss taking part in prevention campaigns: An Exploratory Study. Death Studies 27:1-8, 2003.
  • Girasek DC, Gielen AC. The effectiveness of injury prevention strategies: what does the public believe? Health Education & Behavior 30 (3):287-304, 2003.
  • Wegner MV, Girasek DC. How readable are child safety seat instructions? Pediatrics 111(3):588-591, 2003.
  • Girasek DC, Gielen AC, Smith GS. Alcohol's contribution to fatal injuries: a report on public perceptions. Annals of Emergency Medicine 39:622-630, 2002. (Focus of an accompanying editorial.)
  • Girasek DC. Public beliefs about the preventability of unintentional injury deaths. Accident Analysis & Prevention 33: 27-37, 2001.

Book Chapters

  • Girasek D. Behavioral Determinants. Book chapter in Li G, Baker SP (Eds) Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches. Springer: NY, 2012.
  • Girasek, D. Risk Communication. In Gielen AC, Sleet D, DeClemente RJ (Eds.). Handbook of Injury Prevention: Behavior Change Theories, Methods, and Applications. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, CA, 2006.
  • McDonald E, Girasek D, Gielen AC. Home Injuries. In Liller KD (Eds.). Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research, Practice and Advocacy. American Public Health Association: Washington, DC, 2006.
  • Gielen AC, Girasek DC. Integrating perspectives on the prevention of unintentional injuries. In Schneiderman N, Gentry J, DaSilva JM, Speers M, and Tomes H (Eds.). Integrating Behavioral and Social Sciences with Public Health. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC, 2001.

Matthew Brown, MPS, PhD (in process)

Name: Matthew Brown, MPS, PhD (in process)

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor & Senior Advisor Office of Global Affairs HHS

Email: matthew.brown@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Links
Department Website

Profile

Profile

Matthew Brown is currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Global Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He works on several initiatives that cut across global health units in several HHS operating divisions (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of Global Affairs (OGA). Some select projects include facilitating the HHS Global Health Career Track Working Group, charged with analyzing obstacles to foreign service and formulating recommendations to the Secretary, as well as coordinating the first ever Secretary's Award for Locally Employed Staff, a new program designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of the more than 1,700 locally employed staff serving in more than 50 countries for the Department. In addition, Matthew serves as a focal point for global health diplomacy and is an advisor for management and operations for HHS overseas programs, representing HHS on several interagency working groups.

Matthew Brown is a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Global AIDS Program (GAP) and is currently serving on a detail to the Office of Global Affairs (OGA), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Matthew has held senior leadership positions with CDC and the Department of Defense, serving abroad for more than twelve years. He served as the CDC deputy director in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, supporting a large-scale HIV candidate vaccine trial. He served as the CDC deputy country director in Beijing, China, supporting several Chinese-US collaborations as well as negotiating the operational framework for HHS's Emerging Infectious Disease program, involving FDA, NIH, CDC and OGA and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), involving CDC and the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Matthew also served as CDC's first country director in Port au Prince, Haiti, and was the architect for the PEPFAR strategy in Haiti, leading the design of an electronic medical record and national laboratory system which are now being used to track, characterize and target interventions for the Haitian cholera outbreak. In 2003, he was one of five HHS field representatives selected to help design the management framework for PEPFAR and helped create the first country operational plan and the management framework for the PEPFAR Track 1.0 awards.

Before joining OGA in January 2012, he served as the deputy director for the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), in San Diego, CA, supporting military to military collaborations in more than 70 counties.

Matthew is married to a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State and now lives in Maryland with their two sons.

Degress

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Philosophy, Concordia Collect, Moorhead, MN 1991

  • Masters of Policy Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 1997

  • Joint Doctorate Program in Public Health, Global Health Track, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, expected June 2014

Research

Matthew Brown's research interests are in the emerging field of global health diplomacy, specifically exploring strategies and methods to professionalize training and service of health diplomats, to advance better public health and diplomatic practice among nations. Other areas of research include describing management mechanisms and best practices that join nations around common global health problems, facilitating interagency global health engagement, and issues related to global health career development.

Teaching

Select lectures for Global Health Division Courses, USU, including:

  • PMO528-Global Health I
  • PMO539-Global Health II
  • Global Health Strategies for Security (GHSS)
  • Medical Stability Operations Course for Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI), multiple times & topics

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Health
  • Global Health Diplomacy
  • Foreign Assistance
  • Humanitarian Operations

Professional Activities

Boards

  • Member, Global Health Advisory Board, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Institute of Health Law Studies
  • Member, Locally Employed Staff Advisory Group, Interagency Technical Working Group, U.S. Department of State
  • Member, Knowledge Management Steering Committee, PEPFAR, U.S. Department of State
  • Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), Education Committee

Memberships

  • Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), Education Committee
  • Member, International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS; US Department of State billing mechanism for U.S. Embassy-provided services to other Executive Branch Federal Agencies); Budget Committee and Interagency Working Group

Peer Reviewer Appointments

  • National Aboriginal Health Organization [NAHO] Journal of Aboriginal Health

 

Selected Recent Publications

  • Brown M. Intersection of diplomacy and public health: The role of health attaches in the United States government's global engagement. Paper presented at: 141st APHA Annual Meeting (November 2-November 6, 2013)2013.
  • Brown M., Liang BA, Hale B, Novotny TE. China's Role in Global Health Diplomacy: Designing Expanded U.S. Partnership for Health System Strengthening in Africa. GLOBAL HEALTH GOVERNANCE. 2013 (Summer 2013).
  • Brown M., Mackey TM, Liang BA. Global health diplomacy and management mechanism of US-China public heath collaborations in China: Lessons for emerging markets. Journal of Commercial Biotechnology. October 2012 2012;Volume 18(Number 4):44-50.

Diana M. Luan, Ph.D.

Diana Luan

Name: Diana M. Luan, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.S.

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Assistant Professor

Email: diana.luan@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 801-0713

Links
Department Website

Profile

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Currently Dr. Luan is Education Director for the Medical Stability Operations Curriculum Development Program at the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM). As Education Director she manages curriculum development related to global public health, humanitarian assistance and disaster response programs, and medical support to stability operations. Based on educational and adult learning theory she translates educational needs into clear, concise presentation of course material appropriate to the level of audience, shaping programmatic requirements and orchestrating the development of the competencies appropriate for U.S. Military, United States Governmental (USG) interagency partners, and host nation partners worldwide.

At the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Division of Global Health she developed and coordinated the competency-based education and training requirements for a global health degree program. The degree programs are designed to provide leaders with the capabilities to manage and direct the whole of government response to global health and issues associated with Stability Operations and Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

Prior to joining USUHS, she was engaged in improving the safety and quality of care delivered within the DoD Military Health System and the Veterans Administration. She was directly responsible for the development of training courses and coaching improvement teams in multiple departments and in multiple healthcare facilities. She has responsible for the piloting of the "Clinical Microsystem Framework" in multiple DoD facilities, and facilitated teams in the improvement of care processes and health outcomes. Currently she is engaged in application of a systems approach for the development and evaluation of global health issues. Her professional interests include: community level engagements for vulnerable populations, focused on disaster risk reduction, prevention and resiliency; the use of systems theory for community evaluation: and increasing evidence-based healthcare interventions.

Dr. Luan earned her B.A. in Biology from The University of California, Santa Barbara in 1977, a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Southern California in 1982, a M.P.A from the University of Southern California in Health Policy and Intergovernmental Management in 1985. After several years of working Dr. Luan returned to health care as a registered nurse in 1996 and obtained a M.S. in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth in 1998 and a PhD in 2006. Her dissertation study examined the association of a shared mental model of infection on the process of care and the nosocomial infection rates in neonatal intensive care units.

Research

Public Health - Community level engagements for vulnerable populations, focused on disaster risk reduction, prevention and resiliency. Health Systems - systems approach to health sector strengthening.

Teaching

  • VA Patient Safety Collaboratives
    2002-2005
    • Medication Bar Coding
    • Medication administration
    • Benefits processing
    • OR Communications
  • Patient Safety Managers Training Course
    2005-2009
  • Clinical Mircosystem Framework for Process Improvement
    2006-2009
  • Systems Thinking and Microsystems, Graduate School of Nursing
    2009-2011
  • Integrating Healthcare Delivery: Clinical Microsystem Approach
    DOD National Capital Area Perioperative Nursing Departments, Bethesda, MD
    30-31 March 2011
  • PMO 533 Decision Making in Health Services
    2011-2013
  • Medical Stability Operations Course
    • Indianapolis - 27-29 October 2011 (Afghan Provincial Reconstruction Team Training)
    • Kansas City - 26-28 March 2012
    • San Antonio - 10-12 July 1012
    • San Diego - 11-13 September 2012
    • San Antonio - 28 February-1March 2013
  • Global Health Strategies for Stability
    6-30 August 2012
  • Medical Embedded Training Teams (Afghanistan)
    • 17 April 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Systems thinking and systems theory, development of education and training programs

Professional Activities

  • California Nursing Association, Member, 1996 - present
  • American Society for Quality, Member, 2000 - present
  • Academy Health, 2000 - present
  • Association of Public Administrators, Member, 1985 - 2000

Brad Boetig, MD

Name: Brad Boetig, MD, MPH, Lt Col, USAF

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Assistant Professor

Email: brad.boetig@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-9121
Room: Bldg. A, Room A1044

Links
Department Website

Profile

Profile

Trained in Pediatrics and Global Health policy. Staff experience at Joint Forces Command, and international experience with missions to El Salvador, Rwanda, and Ukraine.

Degrees

  • M.D. Uniformed Services University, 2001
  • MPH, Global Health and Health Services Administration, USU, 2007
  • BSE, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1997

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor of Global Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Health
  • Integrating Health Service Perspective into Joint Doctrine
  • Pediatrics

Selected Recent Publications

Boetig, Brad. "Bilateral Institutional Relationships: A New Mission for U.S. DoD Medical Capabilities in Support of Health Diplomacy". Military Medicine. 177, 7:763, 2012.

"Medical and Public Health Civic Action Programs: Using Health Engagement as a Tool of Foreign Policy" World Medical and Health Policy Journal. Vol 2. 2010. Issue 1.

"Interrelationship of Culture, Economics, and Security in Afghanistan" Small Wars Journal. July 2009.

Professional Activities

Board Certification in Pediatrics

Stephen Waller, MD

Stephen Waller

Name: Stephen Waller, MD, Col, USAF (ret.)

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor, Global Health Division

Email: stephen.waller@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Links
Department Website

Profile

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USUHS class of 1983. Trained in ophthalmology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center with cornea fellowship at Harvard. Completed 30+ year career in Air Force, with many humanitarian deployments, mostly to Latin America, and assignments as contingency medical planner at HQ USAF and at HQ USAFE.

Degrees

O.D., M.S., M.D.

Research

Current focus on evaluation of military medical humanitarian work. Also leading efforts to begin a masked, placebo-controlled trial of traditional Tibetan eye medication in Lhasa, Tibet.

Teaching

Helping with International Health 1 and 2; co-directing Global Health Policy in spring term; co-directing Evaluation course in summer term.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ophthalmology
  • Humanitarian operations
  • Disaster response

Selected Recent Publications

Three submissions on evaluation of military humanitarian activity under journal review at this time (Feb 2011). Total = 28 published journal articles, six book chapters.

Yangkyi T, Waller SG., Treatment of Corneal Disease with Traditional Tibetan Medicine: A Report of Four Cases, Nepalese J Oph 3 (5): 83-85, 2011.

Welch MN, Reilly CD, Kalwerisky K, Johnson A, Waller SG., .Pterygia measurements are more accurate with anterior segment optical coherence tomography ? A pilot study. Nepalese J Oph 3(5):9-12., 2011.

Professional Activities

  • Faculty Senate Education Committee: Oct 2010
  • Curriculum Reform Initiative, Assessment Committee: Oct 2010
  • ASD/HA Medical Stability Operations Working Group, Personnel & Organization subcommittee: designed USU GHS education and training consortium concept

Roberto N. Nang, MD

Name: Roberto N. Nang, MD, MPH, MSS, MC, COL, US Army

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health Division and Joint Medical Chair for Global Health at National Defense University

Email: roberto.nang@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Links
Department Website

Profile

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COL Roberto N. Nang hails from the Philippines and Utah. He graduated from the USMA, West Point in 1982. In 1983, he graduated from the Army's Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course. He graduated from the University Of Utah College Of Medicine in 1987. He completed his Transitional Internship at DDEAMC, Ft. Gordon, Georgia in 1988 and then completed the General Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency at MAMC, Ft. Lewis, Washington in 1990. In 1990, he obtained a Master of Public Health from University of Washington in Seattle. COL Nang is Board Certified in both General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Occupational Medicine. He obtained a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in July 2010.

COL Nang's assignments include: Chief of Epidemiology, U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-ROK, 1990-1992; Chief of Preventive Medicine, USAMEDDAC, Ft. Polk, LA, 1992-1995; Commander, B Co., 61st ASMB, Mogadishu, Somalia, March-Aug, 1993; Staff Officer, Disease and Injury Control, USACHPPM, Aberdeen P.G., MD 1995-1996; Program Manager, Disease and Injury Control, USACHPPM, Aberdeen P.G., MD 1996-1999; Deployed as the Leader of USACHPPM's Special Medical Augmentation Response Team (SMART) to Managua, Nicaragua in support post-Hurricane Mitch, November 1998; Chief, Preventive Medicine, USAMEDDAC, Ft. Carson, CO, 1999-2001. While there, he was also in charge of three Occupational Medical Clinics at Dugway Proving Grounds, UT; Tooele Army Depot, UT; and Pueblo Army Depot, CO. Graduate, Resident CGSC, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, 2002; Division Surgeon, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, TX 2002-2005; Deployed as the Division Surgeon for the 1st Cavalry Division Task Force, Baghdad Iraq, March 2003-March 2004, OIF2; Commander, 31st Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Bliss, TX, and Commander, Task Force 31 Medical (OIF 07-09). Professor in the Dept. of Command Leadership and Management at the US Army War College, PA, 2008-2010; teaching core courses as well as electives in Medical Leadership and Management. He was previously the Senior Medical Advisor to the Peace-Keeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College, PA, 2010-2012 and is now in Global Health, PMB, USUHS.

COL Nang's additional military schooling includes the AMEDD OBC, AMEDD OAC, Resident CGSC/ILE, the US Army War College, Airborne School, Rotary Wing School, Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Course, Walter Reed.

COL Nang's awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), ARCOM (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the United Nations Special Service Medal and other service medals. He is also authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Degrees

M.D., M.P.H., M.S.S.

Research

Areas of Interest/Previous Research:

  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  • HIV Prevention & Education
  • Adenoviruses
  • Varicella
  • Hantaviruses & Korean Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief
  • PeaceKeeping & Medical Stability Operations
  • Combat Casualty Care & Evacuation
  • Medical Support to Detention Operations

Current Teaching

Lectures on "Medical Support to Detention Operations" for PMB's JMO Course Lectures on "Somalia - Case Study" & "Complex Humanitarian Operations" for PMB's Global Health II Course

Provided lectures on "The Strategic and Operational Goals for Medical Stability Operations" for the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute's Medical Stability Operations Course. Also provided guidance and mentorship for the end-of-course practical exercise at the end of the course. 2010-2012

Provided the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Pentagon) a lecture for incoming Geographic Combatant Command Surgeons on "Medical Stability Operations, November 2012.

Areas of Expertise

  • General Preventive Medicine & Public Health
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Directing Routine Medical Care and Combat Casualty Care & Evacuation for Divisions & higher
  • Medical Support to Detention Operations
  • Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief
  • PeaceKeeping & Medical Stability Operations

Selected Recent Publications

    1. Supporting the Rule of Law in Fragile States: Prison Medicine. McGrath JR, Nang RN. Peace and Stability Operations Journal, July 2011, Volume 1, Issue 4, pgs. 22-24.

 

    1. DoD Support to Foreign Disaster Relief – Handbook for JTF Commanders and below. Numerous authors, Nang RN, 13 July 2011, GTA 90-01-030. (This is a multi-authored & multi-edited large handbook to which I contributed my PM/PH & OM subject matter expertise and helped to edit.)

 

    1. The epidemiology of varicella hospitalizations in the U.S. Army, Lee T, Nang RN. Mil Med. 2000 Oct;165(10):791-5.PMID: 11050878 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

    1. The cost-effectiveness of varicella screening and vaccination in U.S. Army recruits. Howell MR, Lee T, Gaydos CA, Nang RN. Mil Med. 2000 Apr;165(4):309-15.PMID: 10803008 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]<

 

    1. Strain variation in adenovirus serotypes 4 and 7a causing acute respiratory disease. Crawford-Miksza LK, Nang RN, Schnurr DP. J Clin Microbiol. 1999 Apr;37(4):1107-12.PMID: 10074533 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

    1. Prevalence of antibodies to adenovirus serotypes 4 and 7 among unimmunized US Army trainees: results of a retrospective nationwide seroprevalence survey. Ludwig SL, Brundage JF, Kelley PW, Nang R, Towle C, Schnurr DP, Crawford-Miksza L, Gaydos JC. J Infect Dis. 1998 Dec;178(6):1776-8.PMID: 9815232 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

    1. Investigation of an Outbreak of Rapidly- Growing Mycobacteria among Bone-Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit Patients, Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). Sanchez, JL, Nang, RN, Brundage, JF, Valcik, JA, Filippelli, JL, Krokaw, JK. USACHPPM Epidemiologic Consultation No. 29-HE-8091b-98, June 1998.

 

    1. Prevention of adenoviral acute respiratory disease in Army recruits: cost-effectiveness of a military vaccination policy. Howell MR, Nang RN, Gaydos CA, Gaydos JC. Am J Prev Med. 1998 Apr;14(3):168-75.PMID: 9569216 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE

 

    1. A hospital-based, case-control study of risk factors for hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in soldiers of the armed forces of the Republic of Korea. Dixon KE, Nang RN, Kim DH, Hwang YJ, Park JW, Huh JW, Cho YK. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 1996 Mar;54(3):284-8.PMID: 8600767

 

    1. An analysis of duty restrictions of aviation personnel in the Republic of Korea. McCrary BF, LeGare TK, Nang RN. Mil Med. 1994 Mar;159(3):242-5.PMID: 8041474

 

  1. Reported Reduction in Sexual Activity after Discovery of HIV Seropositivity in US Soldiers. Nang RN, Sutherland DE, Miller P, Haburchak, DR. Journal of the US Army Medical Department, Sep/Oct 1993, p. 20-24.

Professional Activities

COL Nang's Professional Affiliations, Licenses, and Certifications include: Member, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1994; Previously Vice President of the Military Occupational and Environmental Medicine Section of the ACOEM; Previously Epidemiology Committee Member of the ACOEM; Licensed to practice Medicine from the State of Utah; Certified as a Medical Review Officer (Drug Testing);

USUHS Committees

  • Preventive Medicine Leadership Group
  • PMB Global Health Working Group
  • John Cross Memorial Lecture Committee
  • Peer Evaluation Subcomittee
  • Preventive Medicine Interest Group

Edwin K. Burkett, MD, MBA

Name: Edwin K. Burkett, MD, MBA, Col, USAF

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Division Director, Assistant Professor

Email: edwin.burkett@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-9117
Room: AFRRI Bldg., Rm. 3176L

Links
Department Website

Profile

Profile

Col Burkett is a Family Physician, Flight Surgeon, and holds both a regional and global special experience identifier as an Air Force International Health Specialist. Previously Col Burkett served as Chief of Global Health at Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and then at Air Combat Command (ACC) and successively. Colonel Burkett completed his Family Medicine residency at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center and had tours in Turkey and Panama. As Chief of the Medical Staff (SGH) in Panama he was responsible for clinical services delivery during the treaty transition in 1999. Subsequently he held clinical leadership positions at Charleston AFB and Whiteman Air Force Base prior to assignment as Chief, Global Health at Joint Forces Command and USAF Air Combat Command. He is a flight surgeon and board certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has directed ACLS classes in Honduras, was medical staff on humanitarian missions to Zimbabwe and El Salvador, planned and led a mission to Haiti, and deployed as Air Force Detachment commander on CONTINUING PROMISE 2011. Dr Burkett continues in clinical care both for the Air Force and as a volunteer at a free clinic.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Washington University, St. Louis 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Washington University, St. Louis 1986
  • Doctorate of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) 1991
  • Family Medicine Residency Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews AFB 1994
  • Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, Brooks AFB, TX 2004
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Western Governor's University 2007
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians 20122

Research

Dr Burkett's research interests are in the application of DoD health engagement activities in support of joint military objectives. Particularly he is interested in how military health engagements can be optimized to support both USG health diplomacy and national interests while still achieving security cooperation and sustainable positive impact to host nation health sector capacity.

Teaching

  • 2013-14 Course Director, Medical Anthropology, PMO534, USU
  • 2013-14 Course Director, Global Health Engagement and Medical Stability Operations Journal Club
  • 2013-14 Director, Global Health and Patient Centered Care Micromodule for Post-Clerkship Bench, Bedside, & Beyond Course, USU

Select lectures for Global Health Division Courses, USU

  • PMO528-Global Health I
  • PMO539-Global Health II
  • PMO548-Joint Medical Operations and Humanitarian Assistance

Medical Stability Operations Course for Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI), multiple times & topics

Civil Military Preventive Health as a Security Enhancing Tool, Army Force Health Protection Conference, Aug 2008 & at Navy/Marine Corp Prev Med Conference, Jan 2009

International Humanitarian Assistance, Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Symposium, 2008

Civil-Military Operations and Foreign Humanitarian Assistance, Joint Medical Operations Medical Managers Course, 2007-2008

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Engagement
  • Global Health
  • Joint Medical Operations
  • Civil-Military Operations
  • Humanitarian Operations
  • Health Diplomacy

Selected Recent Publications

Foreign Health Sector Capacity Building and the US Military, Military Medicine, Mar 2012

Developing Future Command Surgeons and Staff for Joint Operations and Assignments, Joint Center for Operational Analysis Journal, Vol XII, Issue 2, Summer 2010

Health Engagement in Foreign Internal Defense, Small Wars Journal, February 13, 2010

Professional Activities

Boards
  • Director, USU Global Health Working Group
  • PMB Graduate Affairs Committee
  • USU Diversity Committee
USU Committees
  • Director, USU Global Health Working Group
  • PMB Graduate Affairs Committee
  • USU Diversity Committee
Memberships
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Uniformed Services Chapter (USAFP)
  • American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)
  • The Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS)
  • National Medical Association
 
 

 

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