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."

Mika Ridore

Name: Mika Ridore

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Clinical Research Associate

Email: mridore@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Martin G. Ottolini, MD, COL (Ret), USAF, MS

Martin Ottolini

Name: Martin G. Ottolini, MD, COL (Ret), USAF, MS

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

Affiliated Departments: Emerging Infectious Diseases,

Email: martin.ottolini@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Eugene Millar, PhD

Name: Eugene Millar, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Deputy Director General Infectious, Diseases Program

Email: emillar@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Grace Macalino, PhD

Name: Grace Macalino, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Deputy Director of HIV/STI Research

Email: gmacalino@idcrp.org (link sends e-mail)

Brian Agan, MD

Name: Brian Agan, MD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position:
Title: Director of HIV/STI Research, Assistant Professor

Penny Masuoka

Name: Penny Masuoka

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

Office Phone: (301) 295-3173
Room: Bldg. A, Rm. 2060

Profile

Profile

Ms. Masuoka currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her research and academic focus is on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing in the field of public health. Prior to coming to USU, Ms. Masuoka worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for 24 years.

Degrees

  • M.S. Geology 1981 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • B.A. Geology 1977 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Research

Predicting the Distribution of Vector-borne Disease
Diseases such as malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and dengue occur in areas that have environmental conditions favorable to the survival of the mosquito vectors of the disease. Remotely sensed satellite data can be used to map breeding habitats (such as rivers and lakes) and measure other variables such as temperature and rainfall. Environmental variables that are shown to be associated with an increase in mosquito populations are then used to predict the distribution of the disease.

Teaching

  • Introduction to GIS in Public Health
  • Remote Sensing Methods in Public Health

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Ecological Niche Modeling

Selected Recent Publications

Masuoka P, Klein TA, Kim H, Claborn DM, Achee N, Andre R, Chamberlin J, Small J, Anyamba A, Lee D, Yi SH, Sardelis M, Ju Y, Grieco, J, 2010. Modeling the Distribution of Culex tritaeniorhynchus to Predict Japanese Encephalitis Distribution in the Republic of Korea, Geospatial Health 5(1), 45-57.

Michelle G Colacicco-Mayhugh, Penny M Masuoka and John P Grieco, 2010. Ecological niche model of Phlebotomus alexandri and P. papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) in the Middle East. International Journal of Health Geographics 2010, 9:2

P. Masuoka, R. Burke, M. Colaccico, H. Razuri, D. Hill, and K.D. Murrell, 2008. Predicted geographic ranges for North American sylvatic Trichinella. Journal of Parasitology.

Pope, K.O., P. Masuoka, E. Rejmankova, J. Grieco, S. Johnson and D. Roberts. 2005. Mosquito habitats, land use, and malaria risk in Belize from satellite imagery. Ecol. Appl. 15: 1223-1232.

Hakre, S., Masuoka, P., Vanzie, E., and Roberts, D. (2004). Spatial correlations of mapped malaria rates with environmental factors in Belize, Central America. International Journal of Health Geographics.

Masuoka, P., D. Claborn, R. Andre, and S. Gordon, 2003. Use of IKONOS and Landsat for malaria control in the Republic of Korea. Remote Sensing of Environment 88(2003) 187-194.

Amy Korman, PhD, LTCOL, USA

Name: Amy Korman, PhD, LTCOL, USA

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

Email: amy.korman@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

David Blazes, MD, MPH, CDR, MC, USN

Name: David Blazes, MD, MPH, CDR, MC, USN

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Program Director, Military Tropical Medicine Course

Email: david.blazes@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Ann Stewart, DVM, PhD

Name: Ann Stewart, DVM, PhD

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

Affiliated Departments: Emerging Infectious Diseases,

Email: ann.stewart@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)

Robert DeFraites, MD, MPH

Name: Robert DeFraites, MD, MPH

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

Email: robert.defraites@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-0777

Profile

Profile

Robert F. DeFraites, MD MPH is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Tulane University. He served on active duty in the US Army from 1980 thru 2011 when he retired as a Colonel (O6), Medical Corps. He completed residencies in Pediatrics in 1983 and General Preventive Medicine/ Public Health in 1989 at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA. He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1988. His Army assignments as a general pediatrician included Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, KS, and 98th General Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. Preventive Medicine assignments included the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Office of the Army Surgeon General, the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (Army Public Health Command), and Headquarters, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, MD. He was appointed the initial Director, Army Preventive Medicine Proponency Office in 2000, and in 2007 he was named as first Director of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, MD. He concurrently served as the Consultant to the Army Surgeon General in Preventive Medicine from 2007-11. Military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the "A" designator for proficiency in Army Preventive Medicine, and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Excellence in Military Medicine. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, and possesses the Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In 2013 he received the William Gorgas Preventive Medicine Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

Professional interests

Infectious disease epidemiology, travel health and tropical medicine, deployment health, and management of research and public health practice.

Teaching

  • Course Director, PMO 613, Public Health Issues of Disasters in Developing Countries (Spring)
  • Course Director, PMO 1016, Infectious Diseases of Public Health Importance (Winter)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American College of Preventive Medicine
  • Member, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Member, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
  • President, Psi Chapter (USUHS), Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society

Selected Recent Publications

Otto JL, Holodniy M, DeFraites RF. Public health practice is not research. Am J Public Health. (Published online ahead of print February 13, 2014: e1-e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301663).

DeFraites RF. The sword of Damocles-whither the next epidemic? (Chapter 14). In Conflict & catastrophe medicine – a practical guide (3rd, Ed.) Editors: Ryan JM, Buma AH, Beadling C, Mozumder A, and Nott D. Springer-Verlag London, Ltd. 2014

DeFraites RF. The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center: enhancing the Military Health System's public health capabilities. BMC Public Health 11 (Suppl 2): S1, March 2011.

DeFraites RF and Richards EE. Assessing potentially hazardous environmental exposures among military populations: 2010 symposium and workshop summary and conclusions. Military Medicine 176 (7 Suppl): 17-21, July 2011.

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