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TB Notes 4, 2003


Philip Baptiste, MEd, accepted the position of Project Manager with the DTBE Information Technology and Statistics Branch (ITSB) effective September 22, 2003. Beginning in 1997, Philip had served in Atlanta, Georgia, as a Program Consultant with the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). In 2002, he served with the Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO) as Technical Consulting Officer for the Health Alert Network (HAN). Philip began his career with CDC in 1989 as a disease intervention specialist (DIS) with the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention (DSTDP), assigned to the Fulton County (Georgia) Health Department. He was reassigned to the Mecklenburg County Health Department in 1991 in Charlotte, NC, where he worked as a DIS until his promotion to front-line supervisor, and transfer to the Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough County Health Department in 1993. In 1995, he transferred to another DSTDP front-line supervisor assignment in Kansas City, MO. Philip is a member of the CDC/ATSDR Noontime Toastmasters and the Watsonian Society of public health advisors.

Regina Bess has been selected as a Health Education Specialist in DTBE’s Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB). No newcomer to CEBSB, Regina served as a Visual Information Specialist in the Division (from 1993 to 1996 and then from 2000 to 2003), but began taking on new responsibilities and duties beginning November 30.

Sandy Browning has joined the Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch of DTBE in an Epidemiologist position. She will coordinate activities involved in the field testing and evaluation of the new QuantiFERON test for tuberculosis. She began her CDC laboratory career in 1976; the majority of her research work was done in HIV/AIDS. In 1996 she was selected for the Management Leadership Development Program and worked with the National Vaccine Program Office as a communication/policy intern for one year. Prior to joining DTBE, Sandy worked for NCID/OD as database coordinator of the survey for US laboratories retaining wild poliovirus materials. Identification of the laboratories retaining such materials completes the US Phase I portion of global polio eradication.

Gail Burns-Grant has been selected as a Team Leader in the Field Services and Evaluation Branch (FSEB), Field Operations Section I. Gail came to work with DTBE in August 1991, after serving in several assignments in the CDC Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) program. Gail was assigned to a multidisciplinary team at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida. In addition to these responsibilities, she served as the acting TB program manager for Dade County. Gail was selected in 1993 for a first-line supervisory position in the new public health associate training program in New York City (Harlem and Washington Heights). While assigned to NYC, Gail was selected as the regional manager for the borough of Brooklyn, TB Outreach Services. In 1996, Gail was selected as a project officer in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Family and Intimate Partner Violence Team. After a year, Gail returned to DTBE as a program consultant and has had responsibilities for the Southeast, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest states. Gail assumed the responsibilities of Team Leader, DTBE, FOS I, in August 2003 after returning from an IETA assignment to the Global AIDS program in South Africa, where she served for 3 months as the programs’ deputy director. In addition to her project officer responsibilities for the Southeast states, she is working with project areas funded by CDC to intensify TB prevention, control, and elimination activities in African-American communities.

Puneet Dewan, MD, joined the Field Services and Evaluation Branch as the Field Medical Officer assigned to the San Fransciso Department of Public Health on December 1, 2003. Puneet has served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with DTBE’s International Research and Programs Branch and was the project officer for a variety of TB epidemiologic research and program-building efforts in the former Soviet Union and Southeast Asia. He has also had the opportunity to serve as a WHO consultant evaluating TB program collaborations with the private medical sector in India. Before joining CDC in 2001, he was an internal medicine resident at the University of Washington, Seattle, and holds an MD from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Eduard Eduardo, MPH, has joined DTBE in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB). Eduard, a contractor with Westat, will be the project coordinator for the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) Task Order 5, “Prevalence of LTBI in high-risk populations in the US” and Task Order 13, “Factors associated with acceptance of, adherence to, and toxicity from treatment for LTBI.”  Eduard received his MPH in international health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. For his master’s thesis, he worked with staff from CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (LPPB) on a study examining blood lead levels and risk factors for lead poisoning in a Mexican smelting community. After completing his thesis, he continued to work in LPPB. He then completed an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) fellowship with CDC’s National Immunization Program on the epidemiology and surveillance of measles, mumps, and rubella.

Stefan Goldberg, MD, relocated from Seattle, Washington, where he had been a staff physician in the Seattle & King County Public Health TB Clinic since 1991. Recently, he served as Acting TB Program Director there until the end of 2002. Stefan is from Boulder, Colorado, and attended Columbia College in New York City, where he majored in comparative literature. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver, graduating in 1981. He completed his residency in intermal medicine at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, then worked for a year in Nepal at the Pheriche Aid Post of the Himalayan Rescue Association, near the base of Mt. Everest. He performed emergency room work for several years between climbing expeditions, then completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying high-altitude physiology. After about 2 years divided between private practice pulmonary medicine and part-time TB clinic work, he gradually increased his work in the TB program, participating in several CDC-sponsored studies, including work with the TB Trials Consortium (TBTC), contact investigations among foreign-born persons, and the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC).

Maryam Haddad, MSN, MPH, is a senior epidemiologist in the Outbreak Investigations Team, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB).  Maryam is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and has a masters degree in public health from Emory University. She completed her Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) assignment at the Utah Department of Health in June 2003, and joined SEOIB in July 2003. During her tenure as an EIS Officer, Maryam established and co-managed public health surveillance for the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; performed serosurveys of exposed farmers and veterinarians after a rabbit calcivirus outbreak; responded to Norwalk virus-like outbreaks in a school, a ski resort, and a buffet restaurant; worked on a West Nile Virus outbreak in Louisiana and a Hepatitis A outbreak in rural Utah; and performed a serosurvey following a coccidioidomycosis outbreak. Maryam also brings strong analytical skills to her new position, having worked on studies of risk factors for invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae disease in Utah children and a possible increase in pediatric dental abscesses. Maryam is a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service, and is fluent in French and Spanish.

Elizabeth Kalayil, MPH, is the newest addition to the Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch (CEBSB). Elizabeth joined DTBE as an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) fellow in Health Education and Health Communications on September 2, 2003. She graduated in May 2002 from Emory University in Atlanta with an MPH degree in international health. While in graduate school, Elizabeth completed an internship with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, where she served as a liaison between WHO and the Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention and Support Organization in the implementation of the Psychosocial Support (PSS) Project for HIV-infected pregnant women. Elizabeth comes to us from Kentucky, where she was working for the Kentucky Refugee Ministries as an HIV Program Assistant. She will be working on a number of health education and communication projects.

Jodi Keyserling, MPH, has joined DTBE’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB) as a Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) fellow and will be working on the Surveillance Team for the next year. She recently completed her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and has a bachelors degree in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina. Before joining the PHPS program, Jodi worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman David Price; as a research associate with CARE in Washington, DC; as a project assistant for the DeKalb County Board of Health Refugee Clinic; and as a fellow with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) with CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health. She will be working on the TB surveillance public-use data set as well as other Surveillance Team Projects. Jodi is a native of Washington, DC, and an avid runner.

John Kuharik is retiring from CDC as of January 2, 2004. During his 31 years as a public health advisor with CDC, John has been assigned to several state and city health departments, starting with the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) control programs in New York City and New Jersey, in the early 1970s. His career in TB control began in 1976 in western Pennsylvania, where he worked for 2 years before being transferred to Alcorn County, Mississippi, to assist in the control of a community outbreak of multidrug-resistant TB. John also participated in the TB screening of Cuban refugees at Fort Chaffe, Arkansas, at the time of the Mariel boatlift in 1980. John served as Director of the TB Control Program in the Chicago Department of Public Health from 1981 through 1996, and in the early 1990s served as co-chair of the Countywide TB Task Force. He was successful in implementing a modern TB case register system, directly observed therapy for hard-to-reach patients, short-course chemotherapy, computerization of the TB central office and clinics — including an online network — and prevention programs targeted toward high-risk groups. In 1992 John accepted, on behalf of the Chicago TB program, the Bureau of Public Health Outstanding Achievement Award for integrating TB prevention services throughout the Chicago Health Department neighborhood health centers. Since 1996, John has served as the Chicago TB program’s senior public health advisor, involved in training of new staff, database evaluation, TIMS, and the  implementation of community outreach programs. In 1998 he served a temporary duty assignment as Director of Primary Care for the Chicago HIV Program. In 2003 he assisted with the control of a TB outbreak among a homeless population in Seattle, Washington. John graduated from Rider University in 1971, and served 3 years in the US Army, including the 95th Evacuation Hospital in DaNang, South Vietnam, in 1968. John and his wife Jessie are avid bicyclists and have plans for bicycle adventures in the western United States and Europe.

Bruce MacLachlan, MEd, joined the Field Services and Evaluation Branch (FSEB) as the program consultant for the Midwestern States (Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri) on November 17, 2003. Bruce comes to DTBE from the Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response of CDC where he was a senior public health advisor in the Operations Division with responsibilities for training and exercise activities for the Emergency Response Team. Prior to that, he spent a number of years working in international health activities with both the Global Immunization Division of the National Immunization Program (NIP) and the Division of Global Health of the Epidemiology Program Office (EPO). During that time he was project officer on a number of projects in Africa and the Middle East. He also had assignments with USAID, WHO, and other international health organizations on a number of relief and development projects. Bruce started his career in public health in 1974 in Kansas City with the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) program, followed by three field assignments with the San Francisco and Los Angeles project areas in California. Before coming to Atlanta he spent 2 years working on CDC prevention projects in Micronesia with the former Trust Territories. Bruce is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and also holds a masters degree in education from Ohio University.

Kelly McCarrier, MA, MPH, has joined the DTBE Clinical and Health Services Research Branch (CHSRB) as an ASPH fellow with the Health Services Research (HSR) team. He recently completed two complementary graduate degree programs, earning an MPH in health education and behavioral sciences, as well as an MA in applied health psychology from the University of Arizona. With 6 years of experience in psychological, public health, and evaluation research, Kelly has worked on a wide range of projects, including his most recent position as project manager of both the Arizona Dept. of Health Services Adult Tobacco Survey and the comprehensive program evaluation of a county DUI / Drug Court Initiative. Kelly also has deep interests internationally. During his undergraduate studies, he pursued studies abroad in east Africa, where he investigated traditional medicine and healing practices of the Maasai and Kikuyu tribal groups, as well as local medicinal plant availability. Kelly will be involved in the ethnographic foreign-born study, as well as other HSR team projects and Evaluation Working Group activities.

Lolem Ngong, MPH, joined the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB) on December 8, 2003. A contractor, she is the new project coordinator for Task Order 9, “The epidemiology of TB in the foreign-born,” within the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium and will be working with Dolly Katz, PhD.

Lynelle Phillips, MPH, Nurse Consultant for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, has accepted the position of public health advisor assigned to the Missouri Division of Tuberculosis Disease Elimination. Lynelle began her career at CDC in 1991 as an Environmental Health Scientist with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She then served as the Nurse Consultant for the Vaccine Safety and Development Activity in the National Immunization Program until 1996, when she moved to Missouri. She has been employed by the State of Missouri as the TB Nurse Consultant for the past 7 years. She has a masters degree in public health from Emory University in Atlanta and has worked as a critical care nurse in cardiac units in Columbus, Ohio, and Atlanta, Georgia. She will continue to serve the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and began her new role as Public Health Advisor on September 8, 2003.

Paul Regan has joined the Field Services and Evaluation Banch (FSEB) as a public health advisor assigned to the Alabama Department of Health. In this position, Paul will support and provide disease intervention activities in an eight-county area. Additional duties will include monthly interaction at the division level, where Paul will assist in central office projects. Division-level projects will include export, analysis, and presentation of epidemiologic data from each of Alabama’s 11 public health areas. Paul comes to DTBE from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked in the TB control program as a Disease Intervention Specialist II. His assignments included conducting contact investigations, case management, and health seminars. Prior to that, Paul worked with the Louisiana Dept. of Corrections for 8 years as a Probation and Parole Officer.

Tamara Roman of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB) has been selected for a new position as Management and Program Analyst in that branch, which became effective November 30, 2003. In this new role, Tammy is taking over the role that Kelly Martin held when she was here, including (but not limited to) issues related to clerical, administrative, and policy practices; serving as the branch's primary contact on personnel actions (including performance evaluation); records management; and contract invoicing issues. Tammy has been a Program Operations Assistant in SEOIB since July 2001, when she came to CDC from the private sector.

Jo Ann Shoup, MSW, MS, has joined the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB) as a Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) fellow. Jo Ann will be with SEOIB for one year working with the Epidemiology Team on the project “Applying a new conceptual framework to evaluate TB surveillance and action and measure costs: developing state-wide demonstration projects in Florida and Texas.” Jo Ann comes to SEOIB with experience in clinical psychology, and has a masters degree in social work (MSW) and a master of science degree in health care policy and management.

Anna Teplinskaya, MD, MPH, joined the Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch of DTBE as a health care analyst. Anna, who is originally from Ukraine, earned her medical degree from Ukraine Medical Academy and a masters degree in public health from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. As a physician, she worked for many years with patients (Chernobyl workers) who received excessive radiation during the Ukraine Chernobyl disaster. Her work included research and evaluation of public health interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and cardiovascular disorders resulting from severe stress. Following graduation from Emory University she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Emory Cardiology Division.

Melissa Valdez, MPH, a contractor with Westat, has joined the DTBE Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB), and will be working as project coordinator for the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) Task Order 8, “A national genotyping registry for a molecular epidemiological analysis of multidrug-resistant M. tuberculosis, USA and/or Canada.” Melissa recently graduated from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University with a masters degree in public health in epidemiology, and did her thesis work on “A case-control molecular epidemiology study assessing the sociodemographic and clinical risk factors associated with the M. tuberculosis W-Beijing family,” with advisors from the Division of AIDS, STD, and TB Laboratory Research (DASTLR) and SEOIB. Melissa is not new to CDC as she has been working as a fellow with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) since May 2002 in the Retroviral Diseases Branch at CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

Bridget Young, a contractor with Westat, will be working with the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB) as a research assistant for TBESC Task Order 10,  “Identifying and overcoming barriers to treatment adherence for latent TB infection (LTBI) and active TB disease among high-priority populations in the Southeast US.”  She graduated in December 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in applied biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Clyde Edward Turner, Jr., of Decatur, GA, died at the age of 59 on Friday, October 17, 2003, as a result of an automobile accident. He was on duty at the time of the accident, carrying out his duties as an outreach worker. He was employed by the State of Georgia Health Department, where he worked with tuberculosis patients. In 1992 Ed began serving as an outreach worker with the TB program of the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. He worked tirelessly and with compassion in providing contact tracing, DOT, and follow-up of lost or recalcitrant patients. Several years later he transferred to the DeKalb County Board of Health where he served as outreach worker and hospital liaison until his death.

Ed graduated with honors from Druid Hills High School and received a merit scholarship to Georgia Tech. Later he receive a masters degree from Emory University in Social Work. Ed Turner was an active member of the Religious Society of Friends in Decatur, Georgia. Ed was a man full of compassion and love for people and the patients in his care. He will be greatly missed.


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