Gloria Addo-Ayensu

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H., is the Fairfax County Director of Health.  In this capacity she provides overall leadership, management and direction for public health programs in the county and serves as the official health advisor to Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors, Health Care Advisory Board and the Human Services Council.

Charles R. Doarn, MBA

Mr. Doarn is a Research Professor in Family and Community Medicine and Director, Telemedicine and e-Health Program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and is on the faculty of the MPH program. Mr. Doarn also holds additional academic appointments in Environmental Health and Political Science at UC and Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. He is currently on an IPA assignment as Special Assistant to the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters. He is currently serving as the co-chair of FedTel for the US Government. Mr. Doarn is a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State and has worked closely with Macedonia. Mr. Doarn served as the Executive Director of the award winning, International Virtual e-Hospital. He is a peer-review funded researcher and has served as PI on a number of federally-funded grants, including NEEMO 12. He has also served as Deputy Director, Center for Surgical Innovation; Executive Director, Telehealth Video Resources Center in Ohio; Executive Director and co-principal investigator for NASA’s Research Partnership Center for Medical Informatics and Technology Applications, located at Yale University and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Throughout the 1990’s, Mr. Doarn served as the Program Executive for Aerospace Medicine and Telemedicine at NASA Headquarters. He is the principle author of NASA’s Integrated Strategic Plan for Telemedicine and served as the lead for NASA’s Telemedicine activities. Mr. Doarn also serves as the Executive Secretary of the Multilateral Medical Policy Board for the International Space Station.

Mr. Doarn received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from The Ohio State University in 1980 and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in 1988. Additional training has included Advanced Program Management at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA and a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Medical Informatics Fellows Course at Woods Hole, MA.

Mr. Doarn served on the Board of Directors for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and held several key positions including Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the International Special Interest Group for the ATA. Mr. Doarn serves as one of two Editors-in-Chief of the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal. Mr. Doarn is a recognized leader in telemedicine as a scholar and teacher, having published over 200 manuscripts, editorials, federal reports and 15 book chapters on this subject. Mr. Doarn is editor or associate editor on several books related to Space Medicine.

Mr. Doarn is a fellow of the ATA and the Aerospace Medical Association, an Honorary NASA Flight Surgeon, and recipient of the Astronaut’s award, the Silver Snoopy for his work in Telemedicine for NASA worldwide.

Dan Hanfling

Dan Hanfling, MD, is special advisor to the Inova Health System inFalls Church,Virginiaon matters related to emergency preparedness and disaster response. He is a board certified emergency physician practicing atInovaFairfaxHospital,Northern Virginia’s Level I trauma center. He serves as an Operational Medical Director for air medical services and has responsibilities as a Medical Team Manager for Virginia Task Force One, a FEMA andUSAID sanctioned international urban search and rescue team. He has been involved in the response to the Izmit,Turkeyearthquake in 1999, the Pentagon in September 2001, the response to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005, Gustav and Ike in 2008. He participated in the response to the devastating earthquake affecting Port au Prince, Haiti. Dr. Hanfling was integrally involved in the management of the response to the anthrax bioterror mailings in the fall of 2001, when two cases of inhalational anthrax were successfully diagnosed and managed atInovaFairfaxHospital.

Dr. Hanfling is a founding member of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance. He has testified before Congress on the issues of disaster preparedness, and lectures nationally and internationally on pre-hospital, hospital, and disaster related subjects. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of theInstituteofMedicine Committeeon Establishing Standards of Care in Disaster Events.

Dr. Hanfling received an AB in Political Science fromDukeUniversity, and was awarded his medical degree fromBrownUniversity. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at theMiriamHospitalinProvidence,Rhode Island, and an Emergency Medicine Residency at George Washington/Georgetown University Hospitals.  He is Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, Contributing Scholar at the UPMC Center for BioSecurity and adjunct Distinguished Senior Fellow at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government

A selected list of Dr. Hanfling’s publications, lectures and professional activities can be found here.

Carolyn Huntoon

Carolyn Huntoon, Ph.D., has 30 years of experience as a scientist and manager of technical programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Management and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Her past assignments have included the Center Director, Director of Space and Life Sciences, and Associate Director of the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

Dr. Huntoon has been elected fellowship status in the American Astronautical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Aerospace Medical Association. In addition to her management and professional association responsibilities, Dr. Huntoon has maintained her position as one of the world’s leading space scientists. She has served as Principal Investigator during the Apollo, Skylab, Shuttle, Spacelab, and Shuttle-Mir Programs. Her more than 200 papers, book chapters, and books reflect her research on the endocrine control of fluid and electrolyte metabolism and the physiological effects of spaceflight.. Dr Huntoon serves as consultant to several technical organizations and serves on the National Academies panels.

A native of Leesville, LA, Dr. Huntoon received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern State College, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and her Masters of Science and Doctor of Physiology degrees from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Shakir Jawad

Shakir Jawad, D.Ch. (MS) is an International Health Analyst at Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health sciences (USUHS) and Assistant Professor of Military/Emergency Medicine at USUHS. He currently serves as an advisor on global health and humanatarian assistance to the DoD. Dr Jawad is a surgeon and did serve as the Deputy Minister for Operation in the Ministry of Health in Iraq. He has published extensively in the area of reconstructive surgery and public health.

A complete Curriculam Vitae of Dr. Shakir Javed can be found here

Naoru Koizumi

Naoru Koizumi is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Study of International Medical Policies and Practices, at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She specializes in stochastic modeling and simulation in the health and the environmental sectors. Professor Koizumi’s main research projects funded by NIH include simulation and optimization of resource allocations for mental health systems and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and simulation based study on the disparities in access to organ transplant.

Professor Koizumi completed her first doctoral program in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. The extension of her doctoral research has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NIMH R21 & R01). Her second PhD (2005) is in Environmental and Preventive Medicine from Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan. Before joining the Schar School of Policy and Government, Professor Koizumi was a post-doctoral researcher at the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department of the University of Pennsylvania where she worked on various health sector projects in collaboration with the School of Medicine. Outside academia, Professor Koizumi worked for several international development agencies (IDB and EBRD) and in private consulting, participating primarily in social and environmental sector projects in Latin America and East Europe.

Areas of Research

  • Health Policy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • GIS
  • Health System
  • End-stage Kidney and Liver Diseases

Saralyn Mark

Saralyn Mark, M.D., an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women’s health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for ten years. As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender based medicine and women’s health on Earth and in Space.

As a pioneer in women’s health, she designed the first women’s health fellowship in the Nation, helped create the National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine, the National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health in academic and community health centers across the country and landmark educational campaigns on critical health issues. Dr. Mark is now President of SolaMed Solutions, LLC. In this capacity, she serves as a medical and scientific policy advisor to organizations and agencies including NASA and the Cook Group.

Dr. Mark is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and had been the civilian representative to the Surgeon General Physician Advisory Committee. She has chaired or served on over 50 national and international editorial and advisory boards, commissions and task forces including the President’s Interagency Council on Women, the National Institutes of Health Federal Work Group on Bone Diseases, the NASA Medical Policy Board, NCQA HEDIS Measurement Advisory Panel, and the United Nations Global Commission on Women’s Health.

Dr. Mark is an Associate Professor adjunct at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is an alumna of the New York University School of Medicine and Barnard College of Columbia University and completed her residency, fellowships and first academic appointment at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF). At UCSF, Dr. Mark conducted clinical research trials in osteoporosis, lipids and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Mark has published and delivered over 400 lectures in the United States and abroad. She has made over 100 television, radio and print appearances including CNN, NBC Nightly News and the Washington Post. Dr. Mark has received many accolades and awards from the federal government and prominent health organizations such as the Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Public Service, the Assistant Secretary of Health Award for Outstanding Team Performance and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation’s Public Service Award. Dr. Mark continues to foster the development of innovative programs and policies which affect the lives of men and women around the world.

A selected list of Dr. Mark’s publications, lectures and professional activities can be found here.

Larissa May

Dr. May is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine in the School of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health and Health Services of the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  Board certified in Emergency Medicine, she possesses a Master of Science in public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases and a Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. May’s principal research interests lie in the application of rapid molecular diagnostic tests and clinical guidelines to improve antimicrobial stewardship in the emergency department (ED) setting.  Additional areas of expertise are the use of the ED electronic health record for clinical and public health research, syndromic surveillance, and clinical infectious disease epidemiology and management.

Allan J. Morrison, Jr.

Allan Morrison, M.D., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. Following an internship and residence in Internal Medicine, he received a Master of Science degree at the University of Virginia in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control as a component of fellowship training in Infectious Diseases. He completed his Infectious Diseases training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1986. Since that time, he has been in private practice in Infectious Diseases in Northern Virginia. He has been honored as one of Washington, D.C.’s top doctors in Infectious Diseases continuously since 1993. He is the Hospital Epidemiologist for Inova Health System. He is the medical advisor for local Fire and Rescue as well as Police Department activities pertaining to occupational exposures. He is a faculty member of Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Morrison is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Further, he is a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He is a member of the American College of Medical Quality, the American Society for Microbiology, the Fairfax County Medical Society, the Greater Washington Infectious Diseases Society, the Virginia Infectious Diseases Society, and the Medical Society of Virginia. He has published multiple articles in journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Clinical Infectious Diseases, and has authored several chapters in medical textbooks. Dr. Morrison has received multiple leadership/teaching awards from Inova Health System.

Arnauld Nicogossian

Arnauld Nicogossian,MD, is a Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Center for Study of International Medical Policies and Practices, at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. He conducts research in biodefense and health policy, and teaches the concentration and certificate “Global Challenges and Threats and Medical Policy” graduate courses that he helped create for GMU. He is also the Director of Public Policy for the International Society of Microbial Resistance (ISMR). He is a member of the National American Red Cross Advisory Committee.

Dr. Nicogossian served as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Associate Administrator for Life and Microgravity Sciences, Designate Agency Health and safety official, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Advisor for Health Affairs. Dr. Nicogossian managed and funded an extensive portfolio of research and development in the areas of space biology, medicine, physics and chemistry. He was also responsible for the oversight of the NASA workforce occupational and astronaut’s health programs.

Dr. Nicogossian is a Diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Aerospace), holds a Masters in Science degree from Ohio State University, and is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Virginia. He served as President of three professional societies, holds a teaching faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, Aerospace Medical Association, the American Astronautical Society and a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Nicogossian has received numerous awards and medals from the U.S. and foreign governments for contributions to education and humanitarian help using telemedicine. He is a Foreign Member of the Armenian Academy of Sciences and a Distinguished Lecturer at the Moscow State University, Russia. He has been the recipient two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Senior Executive Service, Presidential Rank and the NASA Inventions and Contributions Awards.

He has published extensively in the peer reviewed literature. Together with Academician Gazenko he edited the four volumes of the Joint US-Russian Space Biology and Medicine published in English and Russian by the AIAA (2005) and Nauka Press is the contributor to several text books. Dr Nicogossian is also the senior editor of the classic textbook on Space Physiology and Medicine.

Dr Nicogossian expertise is in program management, strategic planning and execution of research and technology development, health and medical policy analysis and evaluation, global public health, aerospace medicine and internal medicine.

Areas of Research

  • Public Health Policy
  • Program/Project Management
  • Strategic Planning and Execution of Research and Development
  • Global Public Health and Preventative Medicine
  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

A selected list of Dr. Nicogossian’s publications, lectures and professional activities can be found here.

Rick Niska

Dr. Rick Niska received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Virginia, and his master’s in public health from the Uniformed Services University. He is board certified in emergency and family medicine. He is currently with the US Coast Guard in Washington, DC, where he serves as a flight surgeon.  He was at CDC previously, and has extensive international experience including assignments to Botswana, Nigeria, Central America, Haiti and Iraq. He is on the preventive medicine adjunct faculty at the Uniformed Services University, and the public policy adjunct faculty at George Mason University.

Laurie A. Schintler

Laurie Schintler, Ph.D.,  is an Associate Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. In 1996, she received her Ph.D.in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her areas of expertise are in spatio-temporal analysis, transportation planning and policy, health and medical policy and network analysis and critical infrastructure. She has produced over 30 co-authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and a co-edited book entitled New Advances in Transportation and Telecommunications Modeling: Cross-Atlantic Perspectives (2005). This book provides a compendium of papers that highlight recent advances in spatial economics, network theory, methods and models focused mainly on transportation and telecommunications systems. She is also the recipient of a patent (USPTO: 20100306372, Gorman, S., R. Kulkarni, L. Schintler and R. Stough (July 2010). “System and method for analyzing the structure of logical networks.”)

Dr. Schintler has been a Principle or Co-Principle Investigator on a number of grants and contracts. One through the Virginia Department of Transportation involved the development of a micro-simulation traffic model for the I-66 corridor to evaluate the impact of SmarTraveler, a traveler information service, on congestion in the Washington, D.C. region. Other contracts have focused on a diverse set of topics including network modeling for critical infrastructure protection, risk analyses of hazardous materials transportation, GIS modeling of an anthrax release in the Washington, D.C. area and the evaluation a welfare-to-work program in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Dr. Schintler is also actively involved in attending conferences and interfacing with regional science, health and medical policy and national security communities. Efforts to foster international collaboration in the area of transportation and telecommunications research include participation in the STELLA-STAR organization, a joint NSF-ESF sponsored project. She has been invited to participate in a number of expert panels and conference sessions. This includes an expert panel to review NISAC, Department of Energy for Department of Homeland Security, participation in the Workshop on Protecting the Nation’s Blood Supply, American Red Cross and George Mason University, involvement as an expert panel member to a project on Identifying Weights to Measure Transportation Infrastructure vulnerabilities, Transportation Security Administration. She has given numerous invited briefings to industry and agencies within the government, including Federal Reserve Bank, the Department of Homeland Security and the Financial Services Roundtable (BITS), NIH National Cancer Institute.

 Mary E. Schmidt

Mary E. Schmidt, MD, FACP, FIDSA, is board certified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. She completed medical school in 1984 at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and then pursued an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Albany Medical Center in New York. She completed comprehensive infectious disease training at George Washington University, Washington Hospital Center, the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 1992, and is currently completing a Master’s of Public Health at the John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy at George Mason University. She has published in major journals and given presentations at national speciality society meetings.

Dr. Schmidt has had several leadership positions. From 2012 until 2014, she was President of the Medical Staff at Inova Fairfax Hospital where she led 2,400 physicians and had a particular interest in the quality of medical care and patient safety. In addition, she is Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases where she focuses on the medical care of immunocompromised individuals and excellence in the care of transplant recipients. She has been President of the Fairfax County Medical Society, a board member of the Medical Society of Virginia, and has chaired many committees.

Dr. Schmidt has received honors for her care of patients and in her role as teaching faculty at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She has been honored as a Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine, a Best Physician by Washington Consumer Checkbook, a Top Doctor in America, a Best Doctor in Virginia, and a Super Doctor in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society of Transplantation-Infectious Disease Community, the AMA, the Medical Society of Virginia, and the Medical Society of Northern Virginia.

In her spare time Dr. Schmidt volunteers with Community Coalition to Haiti, Project Access providing free specialty care in Northern Virginia, and is a member of the George Mason University School of Performing and Visual Arts.

Bonnie Stabile

Bonnie Stabile, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for CSIMPP and Research Assistant Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where she also serves as Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP). She is a core faculty member of the Health and Medical Policy Program, teaching courses in Policy Analysis, Policy and Program Evaluation, and Ethics.

Professor Stabile serves as Deputy Editor of World Medical & Health Policy, a peer reviewed academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell, and has served as a manuscript reviewer for other journals including the Review of Policy Research and theJournal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Professor Stabile’s research interests include the ethical and policy dilemmas posed by the use of advanced technologies at the beginning and end of life; and the potential of policy analysis and program evaluation to improve policy outcomes.

Professor Stabile’s federal government work experience includes acting as Installation Coordinator of a U.S. Army post in Amberg, Germany, and as a Program Analyst for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. From 1989-1993 she was Program Coordinator of the Senior Managers in Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Jeffrey Stiefel

Dr. Jeffrey Stiefel is a Senior Health Threats Advisor within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA), Health Threats Resilience Division.  In this role, Dr Stiefel provides guidance and direction for the development of a National Community Health Resilience Framework.  The Framework will coordinate and integrate our Nations Community Health resilience activities in cooperation/coordination with Federal, State/Regional/Local and Tribal partners, as well as leaders within the Private Sector, Educational Institutions and NGO’s. He is currently on detail to the DHS Office of Resilience Policy and assisting the Senior Counselor to the Secretary on updating the DHS Climate Change Adaption Roadmap and incorporating a whole health approach. His previous assignment within OHA was Director of the National Biodefense Architecture (NBA) and the Director of the Early Detection Division and Program Executive for BioWatch where he served as the senior acquisition professional for OHA Chemical and Biological systems and had oversight of the nation’s civilian biomonitoring effort, and the Rapidly Deployable Chemical Detection System (RDCDS) program.

Prior to coming to OHA, Dr. Stiefel was responsible for all Chemical and Biological Advanced Development and Operational programs, to include BioWatch and Rapidly Deployable Chemical Detection System (RDCDS), within DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate for 3 ½ years.

Dr. Stiefel retired from the United States Army in 2004 after 31 years of service.  He participated in a variety of scientific, acquisition and operationally based efforts that included work as a research scientist in the Virology Division, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, managed testing of chemical detectors, protective masks and three DO 49 Chemical operational evaluations.  He was an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Installation Commander of the US Army Materials Directorate at Watertown, MA and was the Director of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Systems Support at the Joint Program Executive Office- Chem Bio Defense (JPEOCBD).  Dr. Stiefel was also assigned as Executive Officer to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for the Elimination of Chemical Weapons and as the Special Assistant for Chemical and Biological Affairs to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

Dr. Stiefel completed a B.A. in Biology from Hood College, an M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Biology (Molecular Genetics) from Boston College.  He is a DoD and DHS Level 3 Certified Program Manager and Level 2 certified in: Systems Research, Development and Engineering Management; Science and Technology Management; Test and Evaluation; and Facilities Support. In 2006, he received the DHS Secretary’s Silver Medal for Meritorious Service, the highest award given to an individual in each DHS component.

Kevin Thomas

Kevin “Kip” Thomas, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine, where he is the director of the Master of Science in Healthcare Emergency Management Program.

He comes to Boston University from the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, where he earned a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Public Policy from George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government, Fairfax Virginia.

Dr. Thomas’s experience includes over 20 years of military service, both in the field as a submariner, and at the Pentagon as an aide to the Secretary of the Navy. Since 2002, he has taught diverse groups of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Thomas was the founding Research Programs Director for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program at George Mason University- a $20+ million research program for developing and analyzing methods of critical infrastructure protection and cyber security. In addition to providing project oversight for over 50 research activities conducted across more than 14 universities, Dr. Thomas personally led or participated as a researcher in a number of these projects.

Thomas Zimmerman

Dean Thomas Zimmerman, Ph.D., is an Affiliate Research Professor for the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Dr. Zimmerman was the Founding Dean of the Palm Beach Medical College, a developing medical education program in Florida. He has extensive experience in medical education. Dr. Zimmerman served in the medical education division of American Medical Association. He was Associate Vice Chancellor for the University of Illinois Medical Center, and held faculty appointments at the Center for Education Development and in psychiatry (Medical Psychology). Dr. Zimmerman was the founding Director of the Annenberg Center for the Health Sciences on the campus of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Dr. Tom Zimmerman has designed and implemented a wide variety of digital multimedia projects and networks addressing both consumer and professional education and information needs. He has extensive international experience in Europe, Russia, Mexico and South America. He served for several years as medical education consultant to the World Medical Association.