Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Review of Studies of Possible Toxic Effects from Past Environmental Contamination at Fort Detrick

Study Director:


Dr. John C. Bailar, III - (Chair)
The University of Chicago

John C. Bailar, III (IOM), is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. He is a retired commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service and worked for the National Cancer Institute for 22 years. He has also held academic appointments at Harvard University and McGill University. Dr. Bailar???s research interests include assessing health risks from chemical hazards and air pollutants, and interpreting statistical evidence in medicine with a special emphasis on cancer. He has served as chair or a member of numerous committees of the National Academies, including current service on the Committee on the Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations Near Nuclear Facilities. He received his M.D. from Yale University and his Ph.D. in statistics from American University. Dr. Bailar was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1993.


Dr. Veronica M. Vieira
Boston University School of Public Health

Ver??nica M. Vieira is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her research interests are in spatial analysis methods, exposure modeling, and cancer epidemiology. She has extensive knowledge of GIS, groundwater modeling, cluster detection methods, and on persistent environmental contaminants including tetrachloroethylene, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. She is currently involved in a multi-university community health project, which involves historical reconstruction of PFOA exposures among people living near a chemical plant in the mid-Ohio valley. She also is involved in the Boston University Superfund Research Program, where she works on applying disease mapping to various health outcomes, including cancer, birth outcomes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Vieira received her MS in environmental engineering from Stanford University, and her DSc in environmental health from Boston University.


Dr. Mary E. Davis
West Virginia University Health Sciences Center

Mary E. Davis is a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. Her research interests are in the toxicology of environmental and occupational pollutants, including water-disinfection byproducts, halogenated solvents, and arsenic. She is particularly interested in mechanisms of toxicity in the liver, kidneys, and vascular system. Dr. Davis was treasurer of the Society of Toxicology and is a former president of the society???s Allegheny-Erie Regional Chapter. She has served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and the editorial boards of Toxicology and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. She was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Assessing Human Health Risks of Trichloroethylene and the Committee on Tetrachloroethylene. She received her PhD in pharmacology from Michigan State University.


Dr. Bruce H. Alexander
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Bruce H. Alexander is a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. His research interests are in applied occupational and environmental epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, and global health. Current research includes respiratory health and community exposure to asbestos-contaminated vermiculite; mortality, cancer incidence, and respiratory health in taconite production workers; health effects of occupational exposure to fluorochemicals; health effects of ionizing radiation in the medical field; and injuries in farm families. Dr. Alexander was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Tetrachloroethylene. He received his MS in environmental health from Colorado State University and his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington.


Mr. Leonard M. Siegel
Center for Public Environmental Oversight

Leonard M. Siegel is executive director of the Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO), a project of the Pacific Studies Center that facilitates public participation in the oversight of military environmental programs, federal facilities cleanup, and brownfield revitalization. He is one of the environmental movement???s leading experts on military facility contamination, community oversight of cleanup, and the vapor intrusion pathway. For his organization he runs two Internet newsgroups: the Military Environmental Forum and the Brownfields Internet Forum. Mr. Siegel also serves on numerous advisory committees. He is currently a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council???s Permeable Reactive Barrier Work Team, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (California) External Advisory Group, California???s Brownfields Revitalization Advisory Group, and the Moffett Field (formerly Moffett Naval Air Station) Restoration Advisory Board. He has also served on several committees of the National Research Council, including currently the Committee on Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort and the Committee to Review Risk Assessment Approaches for the Medical Countermeasures Test & Evaluation Facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Mr. Siegel majored in undergraduate physics at Stanford University.


Dr. Prabhakar Clement
Auburn University

Prabhakar Clement is a professor of environmental engineering and Arthur H. Feagin Chair of Civil Engineering at Auburn University. Before joining the university, he worked as a senior research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for six years and then as a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Australia for three years. His research interests are in modeling of water flow and reactive-contaminant transport in groundwater systems, bioremediation of contaminated aquifers, numerical modeling of environmental processes, water-quality modeling, and optimal design of treatment systems. He is a member of the Groundwater Quality Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and was a member of the NRC Committee on Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune. He has served as the associate editor of various journals including Ground Water, Vadose Zone Journal, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, and ASCE Journal Hydrological Engineering. Dr. Clement received his master???s degree in physics from American College, Madurai University, his M.Tech in environmental sciences and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his PhD in civil engineering from Auburn University. He is a registered professional civil engineer.


Dr. Judith B. Klotz
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Judith B. Klotz is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health and holds the same appointment at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Previously, she was program manager of the cancer surveillance and environmental epidemiology programs at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Her research interests are in epidemiologic studies of cancer incidence and reproductive outcomes, gene-environment interactions, evaluation of biological exposures to environmental contaminants, and the application of health risk assessment and epidemiology to public policy. Dr. Klotz was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water. She received her MS in genetics from the University of Michigan and her DrPH in environmental health sciences from the Columbia University School of Public Health.