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TB Notes 3, 1999

Personnel Notes

Gus Aquino and Chris Caudill were selected for 3-month temporary duty assignments in Russia beginning September 19, 1999. They are working with officials and staff of the Russia Central Tuberculosis Research Institute, the World Health Organization, local TB services, USAID, and CDC to provide technical and management assistance for implementation of the CDC/USAID/WHO directly observed treatment short-course (DOTS) projects. Chris (who is with the Chicago TB control program), Gus (with the Puerto Rico TB control program), and Mack Anders arrived in Moscow on September 19. Following a week of orientation at the American Embassy, they went to their duty stations, Chris to Ivanovo Oblast and Gus to Orel Oblast, where they are taking up residence and working for the duration of their assignments in Russia. In this important and exciting international public health mission, Chris and Gus will not only share their public health and TB program knowledge with our collaborators but will also represent CDC and the United States in Russia, fully aware of all the diplomatic and political responsibilities such a position entails.

Lauri Bazerman, MS, has started an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) fellowship in TB program evaluation with the Field Services Branch of DTBE. She is working primarily on the project, "Evaluation of the CDC Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Jails." Lauri comes to CDC after completing the program for a master of science degree in health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health this past June. Prior to that, she spent more than 2 years working at the New York City Department of Healthís Bureau of Tuberculosis Control as a Public Health Advisor (PHA) in their Epidemiology Unit. In her role as a PHA, Lauri conducted field investigations to monitor TB outbreaks and collaborated on various epidemiologic studies. She also has experience working in the NYC Office of AIDS Research with "Bridge to Respect," an HIV prevention program. Lauri has rapidly integrated herself into the evaluation project, including participating in the September 8 Advisory Board meeting. On October 4-5, she will be at the Chicago conference of the jurisdictions with the 25 largest city and county jails, building support for the project. Welcome, Lauri!

Gabrielle Benenson, MPH, has accepted a 2-year Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) fellowship with the Communications and Education Branch. She has been actively and productively pursuing her interest in health education and communication throughout her undergraduate and graduate academic careers. She received a bachelor of science degree in health sciences, with a minor in public health, from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, in 1997, and received an MPH in health behavior and health education in May 1999 from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Through her formal training and her completion of a 1998 internship at the Texas Center for Infectious Disease, she has accumulated a very impressive array of skills, abilities, and experiences related to health education and communication. She began her fellowship on September 1. An additional note of interest about Gabrielle is that her grandfather is Abram S. Benenson, MD, who recently retired as the long-time editor of the book, Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, a publication that is updated and reissued every 4 years and is considered indispensible by epidemiologists. Welcome, Gabrielle!

Michael Iademarco, MD, MPH, received an honor from the St. Louis University School of Public Health, from which he received his MPH. Michael was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society, which is a society for outstanding academic performance. The award was presented by the Alpha Delta chapter of the society, which is the St. Louis University chapter. The honor was granted on May 14. Congratulations, Michael!

Kayla Laserson, ScD, was the recipient of the 5th Annual Paul C. Schnitker International Health Award for her study of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in Colombia and Russia. In this study, her work included consultations with the World Health Organization on MDR TB and with the Food and Drug Administration on TB drug quality testing. In addition, Kayla conducted an assessment for the risk of TB among health care workers in Brazil, as well as an assessment of TB screening of refugees in Viet Nam. Congratulations, Kayla!

Philip LoBue, MD, has been selected for the position of FSB medical officer assigned to the San Diego County TB program working under Dr. Kathy Moser. He will provide epidemiological, medical, and programmatic consultation to the County of San Diego Tuberculosis Control Program. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate work and medical school. He completed his internship, residency, and clinical fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. In addition to inpatient and outpatient duties, he worked as a clinical instructor of medicine for 2 years and participated in the design, conduct, analysis, and presentation of clinical TB research. Most recently, he served as assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCSD and a special consultant for TB control at the San Diego County Department of Health Services. He conducted clinical TB research, acted as associate TB control officer for UCSD Medical Center and medical director of the UCSD outpatient chest clinic, managed inpatients with TB at UCSD, and provided medical care to patients in the county health department TB clinic. He acted as a liaison between UCSD Medical Center and the local health department. He was a principal investigator in CDCís evaluation of the QuantiFeron Test for TB Infection and a coinvestigator for USPHS Study 22: Efficacy and Safety of Once-Weekly Rifapentine and Isoniazid Compared to Twice-Weekly Rifampin and Isoniazid in the Continuation Phase of Therapy for Pulmonary TB. Philip began his assignment in San Diego on August 29, 1999. Welcome, Philip!

Jason Nehal has been selected for the PHA position in Chicago, Illinois. He will be working on one of two teams responsible for all levels of TB control for half of the city of Chicago, including program planning and management as well as program operations. Jason began his career with CDC in 1991 in the Chicago STD program. In September 1992 Jason assumed additional responsibilities as part of the "reactor team" which focused on rapid-response field investigation techniques to reduce the time from positive report to patient interview. Jason also spent 8 weeks on a temporary duty assignment in Gary, Indiana. In September 1993 Jason was reassigned to northeast Ohio. He is currently the surveillance coordinator for a five- county area maintaining contact with providers of medical and lab services in those counties. Jason is working to complete the Graduate Certificate Program at Tulane University in New Orleans, with emphasis in biostatistics and epidemiology. He will start his new assignment on October 10, 1999. Welcome to DTBE, Jason!

Cristy Nguyen, MPH, has completed her 2-year ASPH fellowship and will be leaving DTBE. Cristy has worked in the Prevention Effectiveness Section of the Research and Evaluation Branch and completed studies of the cost-effectiveness of screening and treating HIV-infected persons and B1/B2 immigrants for latent TB infection. She will be missed and we wish her good fortune in the future.

Maureen O'Rourke-Tilton has been selected for the PHA position in Trenton, New Jersey. She will function as an assistant to the senior public health advisor, Ken Shilkret, and state public health officials. Maureen began her career with the CDC in Columbia, South Carolina, in the STD program. Before that, she was a state disease intervention specialist (DIS) for a year and a half in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties in Florida. As a state and federal DIS, Maureen was trained and educated in the fundamentals of public health delivery and epidemiology. In 1995, Maureen was reassigned to Dallas, Texas, where she worked more independently and continued to develop her skills and abilities. She planned, coordinated, and implemented special screening activities at homeless shelters, detention centers, and other special target populations. She also presented educational and training programs. Maureen will start her new assignment on October 24. Welcome to DTBE, Maureen!

Ejo Roy, who was a program operations assistant in Field Operations Section I, Field Services Branch (FSB), for the past 2 years, has accepted a position with CDCís Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Her last day was August 23. Among her responsibilities, she worked with and assisted the FSB Program Consultants and was also responsible for distributing the Tuesday Morning Reports. Ejoís hard work, ready smile, and helpful attitude will be missed.

Jeffrey Sheppard, PhD, a microbiologist in the TB/Mycobacteriology Branch of the Division of AIDS, STD, and TB Laboratory, NCID, was the corecipient of the Donald C. Mackel Award this spring with Kayla Laserson of DTBE. Jeff was the laboratorian responsible for the molecular typing of the isolates and the coordination of all other lab activities associated with the study. The entire laboratory was involved in the investigation and thus share in this honor for their substantive part in the investigation. We included Kaylaís receipt of this award in the last issue of TB Notes, but neglected to mention the equal recognition given to Kaylaís collaborators in NCID. The Mackel Award encourages research collaborations between epidemiologists and laboratory scientists by recognizing the effective application of this approach. Winners are chosen on the quality and integration of both the epidemiologic and laboratory science components of their investigation.

Eric Williamson has been selected for the PHA position in Jefferson City, Missouri. He will function as an assistant to the senior public health advisor, Vic Tomlinson, and state public health officials. Eric began his career with CDC in 1991 in the STD program as an assignee to the Chicago Training Center where he was entrusted with progressively responsible positions. In December 1992, he transferred to Memphis, Tennesee, where he assumed responsibility for the "reactor desk," through which he monitored reactive serologies from numerous hospitals, blood banks, and private providers. He also participated in community outreach for those living with HIV. In June 1997, he accepted reassignment to the State of Wisconsin. Serving as an assistant to the senior public health advisor, he was the initial point of contact for 65 counties and provided technical assistance in the field such as assistance with investigations and provision of training. Eric started his new assignment with Missouri on August 16, 1999. Welcome aboard, Eric!


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