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
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!