Speaker Biographies

 

 

Amy J Behrman, MD, FACP, FACOEM
Dr Behrman is a professor of Emergency Medicine and medical director for Occupational Health Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Her practice and academic interests focus on occupational infections, nosocomial infection prevention, vaccine preventable diseases, and adult immunizations. She is responsible for clinical care and surveillance programs for healthcare personnel, research staff, and veterinary staff at a large academic center. She is current chair of the national Medical Center Occupational Health Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPh
Dr. L. Casey Chosewood is the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health® at NIOSH, a program dedicated to protecting and improving the safety, health and well-being of workers through research, intervention development, and partnerships. He co-leads the NIOSH cross-sector dedicated to Healthy Work Design and Wellbeing and coordinates the NIOSH response to the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. From 2004-2009, he served as the Director of CDC’s Office of Health and Safety. Previous work included serving as the Medical Director of CDC’s three occupational health clinics and as Medical Director at the tech manufacturing company, Lucent Technologies.
Gary Fujimoto, MD

Gary Fujimoto, MD, is currently an Occupational Medicine consultant in private practice in Los Altos, California, working with a variety of high technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research groups both nationally and internationally.
Gary was formerly Program Director, Occupational Medicine Department, Health Care Division, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and on the Active Medical Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine (Surgery), Stanford University School of Medicine.
Gary was twice honored with an Excellence in teaching award from Stanford University School of Medicine.
He served as the principal medical consultant for biological and chemical exposures at Stanford University for over 20 years, and has served on the Institutional Biosafety Committees for several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Gary also serves on the board of the Griffin Foundation, and has been involved with the occupational health colloquium since its beginning.

Michelle Kom Gochnour, MN, RN, COHN-S

For over 30 years, Michelle Kom Gochnour has focused her career on developing and providing occupational health and safety services in the areas of academia, government, private industry, and the military. This work has involved collaborations with other professionals to improve processes and ensure safe work environments and decrease risk to workers. She earned her master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in occupational and environmental health nursing from the University of Washington. Currently, Michelle holds the position of the Senior Occupational Health and Safety Consultant for Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital where she is part of the Environmental Health and Safety team for four laboratory research buildings, including a BSL3 facility. She serves on several institutional biosafety committees (IBCs), Children’s institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), and is current president of the Northwest Health, Environmental and Laboratory Professionals (NW HELP) group. Michelle loves a good risk assessment discussion and is driven to constantly seek to decrease risk through occupational health and safety mitigation strategies.

Philip Harber, MD, MPH

Philip Harber is a professor of public health at the University of Arizona. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ACOEM. He has published over 200 research and medical papers and is the senior editor of the forthcoming book, “Occupational Health in Higher Education and Research Institutions”. He previously was professor of Medicine and Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, chief of the Division of Occupational-Environmental Medicine, and director of the occupational-environmental medicine residency. He has served as chair of the NIOSH/CDC Study Section (IRG), vice chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for preventive medicine RRC, Board of directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), and a member of several IOM committees. His clinical and consulting expertise includes occupational respiratory diseases, occupational toxicology, and occupational ergonomics. He also served as director of the UA Occupational Health Office and medical director for occupational health (of employees).

T Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP

T Warner Hudson MD FACOEM FAAFP is Associate Clinical Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at UC Irvine.  Prior to this he was Medical Director of Occupational and Employee Health at UCLA for the Health System and campus there.  He has years of experience designing, leading and implementing occupational health strategies and programs for research and animal workers, health care personnel, travel and field work medicine.  He was a voting member of the UCLA IBC for 7 years and has published and presented numerous articles, and sessions on related biosafety issues.  He has been clinically active in this area as well for over 40 years and was President of ACOEM 2011-2012. 

Marcia Isakari, MD, MPH, MRO

Dr. Isakari is the Medical Director for the UC San Diego Center of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (COEM). She has extensive clinical and leadership experience directing occupational medicine clinics and delivering clinical services to employers in virtually all industrial sectors, including biotech/life sciences/technology, public entity and healthcare. In particular, for local biotech clients, she has developed customized occupational medicine solutions and provides medical directorship for Salk Institute and La Jolla Institute.  

Dr. Isakari is board-certified in Occupational & Environmental Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (FACOEM). She is certified as a Medical Review Officer (MROCC) for drug and alcohol testing and Professional Supervisor in hearing conservation (CAOHC). Lastly, she serves on the UC San Diego Institutional Biosafety Committee and is the past chair of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Safety Leadership Council.

Kent Osborn, DVM, PhD, UCSD

Dr. Osborn’s professional activity has often included broad-spectrum practice of laboratory animal medicine (clinical, diagnostic, administrative, compliance) and comparative pathology. Particular areas of interest include infectious disease – pathophysiology, diagnostics and control/prevention in populations; comparative pathology; animal-related ethics.

Ellyn Segal, PhD

Ellyn Segal received a B.S. from McGill University in Biology/Genetics and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stony Brook University, doing research at Cold Spring Harbor Labs in N. Y. and Scripps Research Foundation in San Diego, CA. She continued her education with a Post-doctoral position in Microbiology and Immunology at UCSF. From there she moved to Stanford University, where she was a post-doctoral scholar and Sr. Research Scientist working on bacterial pathogenesis and cellular microbiology. In 2001 she moved into her current position as Biosafety & Biosecurity Manager for Stanford University. Dr. Segal is interested in the intersection of new technologies and issues with Biosafety.

Robert Turner Schooley, MD

Robert T. Schooley, MD, is an infectious disease specialist and an expert in HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) infection and treatment. Infectious disease specialists care for patients with infections or diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. These include hepatitis viruses, tuberculosis, influenza, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to infections of the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, gastrointestinal system, urinary tract, pelvic organs and bones.

His research interests include influenza, global health and international medicine, and the diagnosis and management of infections that cause death and morbidity in resource-limited settings. Dr. Schooley is particularly interested in the origin and development (pathogenesis) of HIV and HIV therapy, and was one of the first researchers to describe the humoral and cellular immune responses to HIV infection.

Dr. Schooley is a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he has developed a multidisciplinary research program for hepatitis C.

He leads the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane-UC San Diego Medical Education Partnership Initiative and supervises postdoctoral fellows.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Schooley was head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Colorado and director of the Colorado Center for AIDS Research Virology Core Laboratory. During his tenure at Colorado, Dr. Schooley was chair of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ AIDS Clinical Trials Group. Before that, he served as associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Schooley is extensively published, having edited numerous books and authored hundreds of articles and book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of several medical journals, including Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Schooley completed fellowships in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, and at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Schooley is board certified in internal medicine. He is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and Royal Society of Medicine (UK), and member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

In 2013, Dr. Schooley was honored with the Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors award.

Maureen Thompson, RN, COHN-S

Maureen Thompson BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP is the Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Emory University and Environmental Health and Safety Officer (EHSO) at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC). Her responsibilities include: guidance and oversight for regulatory compliance, environmental health and safety training, BSL/ABSL-3 containment oversight, safety inspections, hazard identification, hazard monitoring and risk assessments. She is also responsible for the follow-up and investigations related to student, volunteer and employee injuries and exposures as well, as the workers compensation program. Prior to working in research Maureen worked as a Neonatal Nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Early career experiences include work in clinical laboratories and pediatric phlebotomy. Maureen has worked in the field of Environmental Health and Safety for more than 25 years, first as the Safety Officer at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and then as the EHSO at the Yerkes NPRC. She continues to work with numerous agencies and research facilities to address research related health and safety concerns and development of comprehensive safety programs. She is a voting member of the Emory University Institutional Biosafety and Research Safety Committees and is the EHSO representative on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

James M. Welch
Jim Welch served 19 years as the executive director of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation, a US-based non-profit organization that works nationally and globally promoting biosafety and biosecurity in fostering global health security. Upon his retirement in 2018, the Foundation was transitioned to the Elizabeth R Griffin Program at the Center of Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical School where he now serves as an Affiliate. He is a member and was the originating chair of the steering group of the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC), was the first NGO member of the Global Health Security Agenda Steering Group and is on the International Working Group on Strengthening the Culture of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Responsible Conduct in the Life Sciences. He has been associated with the Joint External Evaluation International Alliance (JEE), the OIE Consultation Group on Sustainable Biosafety and Biosecurity, and served for over a decade on the advisory board of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the US National Institutes of Health. He served on the governing councils of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) and ABSA International. He was as a named member of the Law Enforcement and Veterinary International Conference at INTERPOL, an external advisor for the Duke University Infectious Disease Response Training Program, and a member of the Global Health Security Roundtable. He was the 2011 recipient of the John H Richardson Award of ABSA International and is an honorary member of the Association of Primate Veterinarians and the International Biosafety Working Group. He currently is on the advisory board of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council and is the elected president of the Kingsport, Tennessee Board of Education. He has been a key speaker, instructor, moderator and panelist at professional and governmental conferences, seminars, universities and private companies around the world.