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."

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.

Walter Tinling, MPH

Name: Walter Tinling, MPH

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
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Sherry Stone, MHA

Name: Sherry Stone, MHA

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Richard Southby, PhD

Name: Richard Southby, PhD

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Patrick Sculley, DDS, MA

Name: Patrick Sculley, DDS, MA

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Gaston Randolph, MHA

Name: Gaston Randolph, MHA

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Joseph Procaccino Jr., JD

Name: Joseph Procaccino Jr., JD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
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Profile

Mr. Joseph A. Procaccino, Jr. is an attorney licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Classical Humanities and also Political Science from George Washington University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from American University and a Masters degree in Forensic Medicine from George Washington University.

 Mr. Procaccino is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Department of Defense’s Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USUHS) where he teaches Medical Jurisprudence and Bioethical issues. He has been on the faculty at USUHS since 1991. He is also on the faculty of the Defense Department’s Medxellence Program.

 Mr. Procaccino has served as the Legal Advisor to the Surgeon General, United States Air Force, and Senior Counsel for Health Affairs for the Air Force Judge Advocate General from 1993 until his retirement from that position in 2017. Prior to that, he was the Senior Medical Law Counsel for the Tort Claims and Litigation Branch of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency. He also served as the legal representative to the Surgeon General’s Medical Practice Review Board and Clinical Investigation Review Committee, and participated in the Department of Defense Health Affairs Committee for Risk Management and Quality Assurance. He has been designated as a lecturer on Bioethics at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and spent twenty years as Medico-Legal Editor of “The Reporter”, the journal of The Air Force Judge Advocate General. Mr. Procaccino has accumulated over 42 years of federal service.

Mr. Procaccino is the recipient of the James O. Wrightson Award as the outstanding civilian attorney for the Air Force and holds both a Distinguished Educator Award and the Outstanding Service Medal from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also the recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Air Force Outstanding Career Service Medal.

In addition to his government service, Mr. Procaccino has been appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching Health Law at the University of Maryland Graduate School, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, teaching ethics and medical law.  He has been on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Healthcare Leadership Institute teaching professional ethics during its eleven year tenure, and served as an elected member of the Alexandria Hospital Corporation and the New York Academy of Sciences.  Mr. Procaccino has published numerous articles and lectures internationally to healthcare and legal groups on the subjects of health law, medical liability, and bioethics.  He is also editor of the book “Thesaurus of Medical Word Roots.”

Mr. Procaccino was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1973.  He subsequently served in the U.S. Army Reserve in both the Signal Corps and Military Intelligence Branch.

He was born in the Bronx, New York and is married to the former Margaret Ann Cizler.  They have two daughters, Cristina Marie and Carla Teresa.

 

(Current as of January 2017)

 

Gregg Meyer, MD

Name: Gregg Meyer, MD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
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John McQueston, MD

Name: John McQueston, MD

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