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."

Celestine (Tina) L. Thompson

Name: Celestine (Tina) L. Thompson

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Staff
Title: Educational Technician

Email: celestine.vaughan-thompson@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

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Department Website

Douglas B. Tang, PhD

Name: Douglas B. Tang, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Adjunct Professor

Email: douglas.tang@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Links
Department Website

Marleen Welsh, PhD

Name: Marleen Welsh, PhD

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

Email: marleen.welsh.ctr@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

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Department Website

Cara H. Olsen, DrPH

Name: Cara H. Olsen, DrPH

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

Email: cara.olsen@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

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Department Website

Tomoko (Tonie) I. Hooper, MD

Name: Tomoko I. Hooper, MD, MPH

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor, Director of MPH and MTM&H Programs, Deputy Director of Graduate Programs

Email: tomoko.hooper@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Linh Nguyen, Grant Administrator

Name: Linh Nguyen

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Staff
Title: Grant Administrator

Email: linh.nguyen.ctr@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

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Hang Tran, Senior Program Manager

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Email: hang.tran@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Maria L. Smith, Administrative Officer

Name: Maria Leonora

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Staff
Title: Administrative Officer

Email: maria.smith@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-9769
Fax Number: (301) 295-1933
Room: A1044

James Mancuso, MD

Name: James Mancuso, MD, MPH, DrPH, LTC, MC, USA

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

Email: james.mancuso@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

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Profile

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LTC Mancuso currently serves as an active duty Army physician, assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, and Director of the Division of Tropical Public Health. LTC Mancuso hails from Boston's North Shore but has lived for much of the past 20 years in the Washington, DC area. After completing medical school at USUHS, LTC Mancuso completed residency training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), which also included completing an MPH at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. After residency, LTC Mancuso had several assignments as an Army public health official and epidemiologist at Fort Stewart, Georgia and Landstuhl, Germany, respectively. During these assignments, he also had the opportunity to deploy to Iraq in 2003 as Division Preventive Medicine Officer for the 3rd Infantry Division and to Pakistan in 2005 in support of earthquake relief efforts. LTC Mancuso then returned to USUHS to complete a Doctorate in Public Health, where he studied TB control in the U.S. military, and where he completed the ASTMH Certificate Course in Tropical Medicine. From 2009 to 2013, he ran the Preventive Medicine residency at WRAIR, training physicians in public health and preventive medicine. Since 2013, he has served as the Director of Tropical Public Health at USUHS.

Degrees

  • M.D., USUHS
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene
  • DrPH, USUHS

Research

LTC Mancuso's research interests include TB control, particularly in military populations, but also in HIV coinfection and drug-resistant TB.

Teaching

LTC Mancuso co-direct's the travel medicine course, and teaches several other courses in the MPH and medical school curriculum, including epidemiology, tropical medicine, and doctoral student seminar. He also teaches residents in TB and STI clinics in the DC area and is on the faculty of the Preventive Medicine residency at WRAIR.

Areas of Expertise

LTC Mancuso advises the Army on TB control policy, including the development of the 2013 MEDCOM regulation 40-64, "The Tuberculosis Surveillance and Control Program." He also consults on management of TB cases and other outbreaks, and assists and consults in the area of Graduate Medical Education in Preventive Medicine.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Ambrose J, Hampton LM, Fleming-Dutra KE, Marten C, McClusky C, Perry C, Clemmons NA, McCormic Z, Peik S, Mancuso J, Brown E, Kozak N, Travis T, Lucas C, Fields B, Hicks L and Cersovsky SB. Large outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever at a military base. Epidemiol Infect 2014; doi:10.1017/S0950268813003440; in press.
  • Mancuso JD, Aronson NE, Keep LW. Can the active component U.S. military achieve tuberculosis elimination? MSMR 2013;20(5):2-3.
  • Mancuso JD, Aaron CL. Tuberculosis trends in the U.S. Armed Forces, active component, 1998-2012. MSMR 2013;20(5):4-8.
  • Aaron CL, Mancuso JD. Using the tuberculosis cohort review to evaluate and improve the U.S. Army's tuberculosis control program. MSMR 2013;20(5):9-13.
  • Aaron CL, Fotinos MJ, West KB, Goodwin DJ and Mancuso JD. Tuberculosis among nonimmigrant visitors to U.S. military installations. Mil Med 2013;178(3):346-352.
  • Mancuso JD, Bernardo J, and Mazurek GH. The Elusive "Gold" Standard for Detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. AJRCCM 2013 Jan 14;187(2):122-4.
  • Cohen RL, Li Y, Giese R, Mancuso JD. An evaluation of PEPFAR's Effect on Health Systems Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa. JAIDS 2012 Dec 18.
  • Mancuso JD, Mazurek GH, Tribble D, Olsen C, Aronson NE, Geiter L, Goodwin D, and Keep LW. Discordance Among Commercially-Available Diagnostics for Latent Tuberculosis Infection. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2012:185(4):427-34.
  • Bedno SA, Soltis MA, Mancuso JD, Burnett DG, and Mallon TM. The In-Service Examination Score as a Predictor of Success on the American Board of Preventive Medicine Certification Examination. Am J Prev Med 2011:41(6):641-644.
  • Mancuso JD, Niebuhr DW, Frick KD, Keep LW, and Anderson KM. Cost-effectiveness analysis of targeted and sequential screening strategies for latent tuberculosis. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2011:15(9);1223-30.
  • Mancuso JD, Tribble D, Mazurek GH, Li Y, Olsen C, Aronson NE, Geiter L, Goodwin D, and Keep LW. Impact of Targeted testing for Latent Tuberculosis Infection Using Commercially Available Diagnostics. Clin Infect Dis 2011:53(3);234-244.
  • Whitman TJ, Herlihy RK, Schlett CD, Murray PR, Grandits GA, Ganesan A, Brown M, Mancuso JD, Adams WB, Tribble DR. Chlorhexidine-impregnated cloths to prevent skin and soft-tissue infection in marine recruits: a cluster-randomized, double-blind, controlled effectiveness trial. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Dec;31(12):1207-15.
  • Mancuso JD, Tobler SK, Eick AA, Olsen CH. An evaluation of the completeness and accuracy of active tuberculosis reporting in the US military. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2010;14(10):1310-1315.
  • Mancuso JD, Tobler SK, Eick AA, Keep LW. Active tuberculosis and recent overseas deployment in the US military. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Aug;39(2):157-163.
  • Freeman RJ, Mancuso JD, Riddle MS, Keep LW. Systematic review and meta-analysis of TST conversion risk in deployed military and long-term civilian travelers. J Travel Med. 2010 Jul;17(4):233-42.

Professional Activities

LTC Mancuso is a Fellow of and serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Preventive Medicine. He was elected into the Delta Omega honorary public health society in 2000. He is also a member of ASTMH, IUATLD, AMSUS, and other organizations, and sits on the Board of the Johns Hopkins Tropical Medicine Dinner Club.

 

David F. Cruess, PhD

Name: David F. Cruess, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Principal Vice Chair of PMB, Vice Chair for Biometrics Professor, Graduate Programs Director of Biostatistics Consulting Center

Affiliated Departments: Emerging Infectious Diseases,

Email: david.cruess@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-3465
Room: Bldg. A, Room A1044

Links
Department Website

Profile

Profile

Dr. Dave Cruess currently serves as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics (PMB), with a secondary appointment as Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases. He additionally serves as the Graduate Programs Director of PMB. He also holds the administrative positions of Principal Vice Chair of PMB, Vice Chair for Biometrics, and Vice Chair for Graduate Programs. Dr. Cruess is the senior Biostatistician in the Department, and founded the Biostatistics Consulting Center for the University. He designed and taught much of the biostatistical curricula for the USU medical and graduate school.

Degrees

Ph.D.,The Johns Hopkins University

Research

The research interests of Dr. Cruess are varied, but most deal with the application of biostatistical methods in innovative ways to biomedical problems, especially in the areas of radiology, telemedicine, dermatology, and surgery. Currently, he is involved with research that involves the evaluation of the long-term outcomes of USU medical school graduates.

Teaching

Dr. Cruess designed and teaches the core Biostatistics I course that is a required course for most graduate programs at USU. He has won the "Outstanding Educator of the Year" six times for his teaching expertise.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Cruess is the only member of the Department to be "Certified in Public Health" by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has extensive expertise in the area of educational program administration, especially in accreditation issues. He has had a major role in every accreditation and re-accreditation effort of the Department, and has chaired the last two accreditation Self-studies for the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH).

Selected Recent Publications

Personal satisfaction and mentorship are critical factors for today's resident surgeons to seek surgical training. Lukish J, Cruess D, and the Executive Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons. American Surgeon 71(11):971-4, 2005.

Expression of the proto-oncoprotein Brx is altered in eutopic endometrium of women with endometriosis. R Hearns-Stokes, C Mayers, C Zahn, D Cruess, J Gustafsson, J Segars, and L Nieman. Fertility and Sterility 85(1):63-70, 2006.

Laparoscopic appendectomy in children: Endoloop or endostapler? Lukish J, Powell D, Morrow S, Cruess D, Guzzetta P. Archives of Surgery. 142(1):58-61, 2007

Identifying medical students likely to exhibit poor professionalism and knowledge during internship. Greenburg D, Durning S, Cohen D, Cruess D, Jackson J. Journal of General Internal Medicine 22(12):1711-7, 2007

Long-term Career Outcome of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School Graduates; Classes of 1980-1989. Durning SJ, Cohen D, Cruess D and MacDonald R Military Medicine 173(5):422-428, 2008

Does Student Promotions Committee (SPC) Appearance Predict Below Average Performance During Internship? Durning SJ, Cohen D, Cruess D and MacDonald R. Teaching and Learning in Medicine 20(3):267-272, 2008)

Faculty performance evaluation in accredited US public health graduate schools: A national study. Gimbel R, Cruess DF, Schor K, Hooper T, and Barbour G. Academic Medicine 83(10):962-8, 2008.

The prevalence, causes, and consequences of experiencing a life crisis during medical school. Greenburg D, Durning SJ, Cruess D, Cohen D, and Jackson J. Teaching and Learning in Medicine 22(2):85-92, 2010

Low dose quetiapine causes a statistically significant increase in weight: A retrospective chart review of military healthcare beneficiaries. William SG, Alinejad NA, Lamb JA, and Cruess DF. Pharmacotherapy 30(10):1011-5, 2010

The Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LtCOS): Where we've been and where we hope to go. Durning SJ, Artino AR, Gilliand WR, Cruess DF, McManigle, and Waechter D. Military Medicine 175(3):133-5, 2010

Almost internists: Analysis of students who considered internal medicine but chose other fields. Durning SJ, Elnicki M, Cruess D, Schwartz M, and Hauer KE. (to appear in Academic Medicine)

Performance in medical school and internship: Does self-reported clinical experience matter? Artino AR, Guilland WR, Waechter DM, Cruess DF, Dezee K, Calloway M, Durning SJ. (submitted for publication in Medical Education)

Professional Activities

Dr. Cruess is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and was elected in the Delta Omega honorary public health society. He is also a member of the American Statistical Association, the International Biometric Society, and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

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