Department of
Epidemiology
At New Brunswick

Faculty & Staff

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Kitaw Demissie, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chair and Professor.
PhD, 1995, McGill University; MD, 1983, Addis Ababa University.
Research Interests: Childhood asthma; perinatal epidemiology; breast cancer.
p. 732-235-5267
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Dr. Passannante

Marian Passannante, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair and Professor.
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Research Interests: Questionnaire design; survey research; injury epidemiology; tuberculosis epidemiology; impact of social factors on disease outcomes.
p. 973-973-972-4775 (Newark)
p. 732-235-3417 (Piscataway)
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Phyllis Morgan
Acting Administrative Assistant
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Emily Barrett, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Harvard University.
Research Interests: Perinatal, reproductive, and environmental epidemiology.

Judith M. Graber, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Illinois.
Research Interests: Environmental and occupational epidemiology

William Halperin, Professor; M.D., Harvard Medical School; Dr.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health; M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Public health surveillance; injury and occupational epidemiology.
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Bernadette C. Hohl, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., M.P.H., Temple.
Research Interests: Physical and social environmental factors that affect health and safety

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Adana Llanos Wilson, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Howard;  M.P.H., The Ohio State University College of Public Health.
Research Interests: Carcinogenisis; biomarkers; epidemiology

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Michelle B. Manderski, RBHS Lecturer; M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health
Research Interests: Principles and methods of epidemiology; tobacco control

Elizabeth Marshall, Associate Professor; Ph.D., North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Research Interests:
Environmental and occupational epidemiology, especially reproductive outcomes; immigrant occupational injury and occupational health surveillance

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Jesse J. Plascak, Instructor; Ph.D., M.P.H., The Ohio State University College of Public Health.
Research Interests: Interaction of macro- and individual-level factors contributing to health disparities; Application of multilevel, geographic and spatial analyses to health disparities.
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George G. Rhoads, Professor Emeritus; M.D., Harvard; M.P.H., Hawaii.
Research Interests: Epidemiology of noninfectious diseases; health care outcomes
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Antoinette Stroup, Associate Professor, Division Head, Cancer Epidemiology, and Director, New Jersey State Cancer Registry; Ph.D., Utah (Salt Lake City).
Research Interests: Disparities in cancer epidemiology
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FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGISTS

Eric Adler, Instructor; M.P.H., Yale.
Research Interests: Communicable disease reporting, surveillance, and outbreak investigations

Patricia Barrett, Instructor; M.S., Florida State.
Research Interests: Communicable disease epidemiology andsurveillance

Noelle Bessette, Instructor ; M.P.H., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance


Mardea Caulcrick-Grimes, Instructor; M.P.H., Drexel School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance

Lisa DiFedele, Instructor; M.P.H., Yale
Research Interests: Epidemiology of Microbial Disease

Sonya E. Frontin, Instructor; M.P.H., Morehouse School of Medicine.
Research Interests: Monitoring and evaluation; disease surveillance; HIV/AIDS; maternal and child health; women's health; minority health


Tara Fulton
, Instructor; M.P.H., University of Pennsylvania.
Research Interests: Communicable disease surveillance, reporting and investigation

Susan Hannagan
, Instructor; M.P.H., Yale.
Research Interests: Epidemiology of microbial disease; Vaccine preventable disease
surveillance

Kristin L. Innes Garafalo, Instructor; M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Infectious and zoonotic disease reporting and surveillance

Courtney T. Kirkland, Instructor; M.P.H., Drexel.
Research Interests: Epidemiology and public health surveillance


Natalie R. Kratz, Instructor; M.P.H.; Boston University.
Research Interests: Infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance


Erika Lobe, Instructor; M.P.H.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Research Interests:  Infectious disease epidemiology

Nicole Mazur, Instructor; M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Communicable disease reporting and surveillance

Jason Mehr, Instructor; M.P.H., Drexel.
Research Interests: Epidemiology and public health surveillance


Jenizah A. Melendez, Instructor; M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Electronic Laboratory Reporting of Communicable Diseases Implementation and Analysis

Alok Patra, Instructor; M.P.H., Nebraska College of Public Health,
Research Interests: Communicable disease and public health surveillance

Allison Portney, Instructor; M.P.H., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Research Interests: Perinatal hepatitis B surveillance

Namitha Reddy, Instructor; M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Public health surveillance and response system for public health emergencies


Dela Surti, Instructor; M.P.H., George Washington Milken School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Communicable disease reporting and surveillance

Diana B. Theriault Lucas
, Instructor; M.P.H., Boston.
Research Interests: Epidemiology and public health surveillance

Julia W. Wells, Instructor; M.P.H., Drexel.
Research Interests: Communicable disease and public health surveillance

ASSOCIATED MEMBERS

Amy E. Abruzzi, Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers Bloustein School; PhD, Rutgers School of Public Health; MPH, Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Cancer and Society; Epidemiology; Urban Health

Elisa V. Bandera, Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; M.D., Malaga (Spain); Ph.D., SUNY (Buffalo).
Research Interests: Nutritional epidemiology of cancer; cancer prevention


Benjamin F. Crabtree, Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Ph.D., Connecticut; M.A., South Florida.
Research Interests: Organizational change; prevention; primary care practice; qualitative methods

Nina H. Fefferman, Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Ph.D., Tufts; M.S., Rutgers.
Research Interests: Origins and epidemiology of infectious disease; the evolution of pathogens and the changes in social structures arising from infectious disease

Sunanda Gaur, Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; M.B.B.S., King George Medical College (India).
Research Interests: Infectious disease epidemiology


Michael Greenberg, Professor; primary at Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy; Ph.D., Columbia.
Research Interests: Geography of mortality, morbidity, and risk factors; hazardous waste management; environmental policy


Kim Hirshfield, Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; M.D., Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins.
Research Interests: Molecular and cancer epidemiology; breast cancer epidemiology

Cheryl Holly, Associate Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Nursing; EdD, Columbia University
Research Interests: Meta Analysis

Yuri T. Jadotte, Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Nursing; M.D., Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Ph.D., New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.
Research Interests: Systematic review; meta-analysis; health economic evaluation; cancer prevention and control; health equity; interprofessionalism
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Grace Lu-Yao, Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Ph.D., M.P.H., Yale School of Medicine.
Research Interests: Prostate cancer research

Andrea Marcus, Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions; Ph.D., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Survey research methods.


Jane Miller, Professor; primary at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research; and Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy; Ph.D., M.A., Pennsylvania.
Research Interests: Poverty and child health and access to health care; chronic childhood illness; statistical literacy; quantitative communication.

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Robert Morgan, Assistant Professor; M.D., Saint Georges School of Medicine (Grenada); M.P.H., Columbia.
Research Interests: Community vaccination policies


James Scott Parrott, Associate Professor; primary at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions; PhD, University of Chicago.
Research Interests: Statistics

Lee Reichman, Professor; primary at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; M.D., New York University; MPH, Johns Hopkins.
Research Interest: Tuberculosis; HIV infection

Nancy E. Reichman, Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Ph.D., CUNY.
Research Interests: Health economics; demography and maternal and child health issues


Vinod Rustgi, Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; M.D., Johns Hopkins.
Research Interests: Health care disparities in liver disease

Dona Schneider, Professor; primary at Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy; Ph.D., M.A., Rutgers; M.P.H., UMDNJ/Rutgers.
Research Interests: Geographic distribution of mortality, disease, and high-risk behaviors among children and minority groups

Xiang Lin Tan, Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Ph.D., Heidelberg (Germany); M.D., Tongji Medical College (China).
Research Interests: Molecular epidemiology; cancer research


Pauline Thomas, Associate Professor; primary at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Epidemiology of reproductive health; interventions to reduce health disparities; improvements in outpatient health care delivery; HIV epidemiology

Stanley Weiss, Professor; primary at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; M.D., Harvard School of Medicine
Research Interests: Public health and prevention of cancer and infectious diseases

Mark Wolman, Instructor; primary at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; M.P.H., Hunter College
Research Interests: Tuberculosis control

ADJUNCT MEMBERS

Syed Ahmad, Adjunct Associate Professor and Drug Safety/Regulatory Science Consultant; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.B.B.S., Dow Medical College.
Research Interests: Pharmacovigilance, pharmacoepidemiology; clincial pharmacology

Michelle Azu, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Director, Breast Surgery, Chilton Hospital; M.D., Missouri School of Medicine.
Research Interests: Psychosocial and epidemiologic factors influencing outcomes in breast cancer patients


Eddy Bresnitz, Adjunct Professor and Medical Director, Adult Vaccine Medical Affairs and Policy, Merck; M.D., McGill (Canada); M.S., Pennsylvania.
Research Interests: Occupational health; field epidemiology

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Sheenu Chandwani, Adjunct Instructor; Associate Director, Oncology, Merck; Ph.D, M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Outcomes research; pharmaco-epidemiology; cancer disparities

Ronald Cody, Adjunct Professor; Ed.D., Rutgers.
Research Interests: Computer software applications for epidemiological and statistical analysis


Cynthia De Luise, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Director, Epidemiology, Worldwide Safety Strategy, Pfizer; Ph.D., UMDNJ-School of Public Health; M.P.H., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Pharmacoepidemiologic research


Charles Denk, Adjunct Associate Professor and Consultant, DenkEpi.Info; Ph.D, M.A., M.S., Stanford.
Research Interests: Maternal and perinatal health; survey methodologies

George DiFerdinando, Adjunct Professor; M.D., M.P.H., North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
Research Interests: Cancer epidemiology; infectious disease and quality of care


Sandra Echeverria, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Ph.D., M.P.H., Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Social epidemiology with focus on neighborhood health effects, chronic health conditions, and health disparities

Kristina Feja, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Pediatrician, St. Peter's University Hospital; M.D., Semmelweiss School of Medicine (Hungary); M.P.H., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Pediatric infectious diseases


Patricia Fleming, Adjunct Professor; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS epidemiology

Dennis Fried, Adjunct Instructor; M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health; M.B.A., Rutgers Graduate School of Management.
Research Interests: Quantitative Methods

Mark C. Fulcomer, Adjunct Associate Professor and Retired Director of Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health; Ph.D., M.A., Ohio State.
Research Interests: Vital records; health statistics; spatial, temporal, and historical aspects of health information; perinatal epidemiology


Katherine Hempstead, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Research Interests: Injury prevention; biostatistics; health policy; immigration and migration

Kevin A. Henry, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Assistant Professor of Geography, Temple; Ph.D., McGill; M.A., Towson.
Research Interests: Medical and health geography; public health; cancer epidemiology; applied GIS and spatial statistics for health data; health services

Teresa Janevic, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Columbia University; M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley.
Research Interests: Social determinants of maternal and child health

Nisha Jani, Adjunct Instructor; M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: GIS in public health; analysis of infectious and chronic illnesses

Steven Kairys, Adjunct Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Jersey Shore Medical Center; M.D., Temple; M.P.H., Boston.
Research Interests: Child abuse; general pediatrics; prevention and mental health


Derege Kebede, Adjunct Professor; M.D., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; M.S., S.cD., Harvard.
Research Interests: Global Health

Judith Klotz, Adjunct Associate Professor; Dr.P.H., Columbia School of Public Health; M.S., Michigan.
Research Interests: Environmental epidemiology; biomarkers of effect and susceptibility

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Robert Lavery, Adjunct Instructor; M.A., Montclair State.
Research Interests: Prevention of injury; First responder training among primary and secondary schools in NJ

Tracy Li, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Johnson and Johnson; Ph.D., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Epidemiology/observational research methods; outcomes research; health economics; patient quality of life assessments
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Stephen Marcella, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Director, Global Health Outcomes, Merck; M.D., New York; M.P.H., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Cancer epidemiology; children's health

Naveen Mehrotra, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Primary at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; M.D., SUNY School of Medicine (Stony Brook); M.P.H., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATI); improving the health status of South Asians in the United States


Barbara Montana, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Medical Director, Communicable Disease Service, New Jersey Department of Health; M.D., New York; M.P.H., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Infection control policies


Lisa Paddock, Adjunct Instructor and Research Scientist, Cancer Epidemiology Services, New Jersey Department of Health; Ph.D., M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Cancer epidemiology and surveillance


Sindy Paul, Adjunct Associate Professor and Medical Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Services, New Jersey Department of Health; M.D., Temple School of Medicine; M.P.H., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS; epidemiology

Sherry Pomerantz, Adjunct Assistant Professor; primary at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine; Ph.D., M.Ed., Temple.
Research Interests: Research design; end of life care; primary care


Larry Radican, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Senior Director, Global Outcomes Research and Health Technology Assessment, Merck; Ph.D., M.P.H., UMDNJ-School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Occupational and chronic disease epidemiology; outcomes research; pharmacoeconomics

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Thomas Rhodes, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Epidemiology Department, Merck; Ph.D., UMDNJ-School of Public Health; M.S.P.H., South Carolina School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Pharmacoepidemology and outcomes research


Daniel Rosenblum, Adjunct Assistant Professor; primary at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, School of Urban and Public Affairs
Research Interests: Cancer control and prevention

Melissa Santorelli, Adjunct Instructor; Research Scientist, NJ Department of Health; Ph.D, M.P.H., Rutgers School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Chronic disease prevention and outcomes in asthma, diabetes, and cancer

Soko Setoguchi, Adjunct Associate Professor; M.D., Miyazaki Medical College, (Japan); DrPH, M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Pharmacoepidemiology; cardiovascular pharmacoepidemiology

Yu-Hsuan (Joni) Shao, Adjunct Associate Professor, Taipei Medical University, (Taiwan); Ph.D., Rutgers School of Public Health; M.H.S., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Prostate cancer research; clinical epidemiology and outcomes research


John Smulian, Adjunct Professor; Lehigh Valley Hospital (Allentown); M.D.,  Tulane School of Medicine; M.P.H., Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Research Interests: Perinatal epidemiology; maternal and child health; diseases of mother and fetus; prenatal diagnosis/birth defects


Elizabeth Sosnowska, Adjunct Instructor and Electronic Resources Librarian, Rutgers;  M.L.I.S., Warsaw (Poland).
Research Interests: Electronic access to core biomedical journals with direct links from references in Medline to full text articles


Christina Tan, Adjunct Associate Professor and State Epidemiologist, New Jersey Department of Health; M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Research Interests: Infectious disease epidemiology


Zdravko Vassilev, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Medical Director, Epidemiology, Covance; M.D., I. Pavlov University of Medicine (Bulgaria); M.P.H., Emory.
Research Interests: Epidemiologic expertise with particular emphasis on study design, clinical outcomes, and risk management


Patty Vitale, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Pediatrician, Cooper University Hospital; M.D., Jefferson Medical Center; M.P.H., San Diego State.
Research Interests: Child abuse; community pediatrics

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Francis Weng, Adjunct Assistant Professor. Primary at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division; M.D., Columbia; M.S.C.E., Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Research Interests: Racial disparities in end-state renal disease (ESRD); medication adherence in ESRD; health education regarding treatment options for ESRD; renal and renal transplant epidemiology


Quanwu Zhang, Adjunct Professor and Senior Director, Sanofi-Aventis;  Ph.D., M.S., M.Ed., Columbia.
Research Interests: Comparative effectiveness research in health care