American College of Epidemiology
2006 Election Results


ACE President-Elect

Nancy Kreiger, M.P.H., Ph.D., is the Senior Scientist and Director of Research in the Division of Preventive Oncology, Cancer Care Ontario, and Professor of Epidemiology, Departments of Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto.

Background: Dr. Kreiger received her Ph.D. from Yale University and her commercial pilot’s license from Transport Canada. She has been a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology since 1994; has served on its Policy Committee and its Committee on Ethics and Standards of Practice; and is currently the Secretary of the College and Chair of the Admissions Committee. She was the first President of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CSEB) (1991-1993), and remained on the CSEB Board of Directors until 1995. More recently, she was on the Planning Committee of, and was the local host for, the first North American Congress of Epidemiology, held in Toronto in June 2001. Dr. Kreiger’s research encompasses both cancer epidemiology and the epidemiology of osteoporosis: She has conducted studies of risk factors, focusing on reproductive, hormonal, and pharmacological exposures, and habits of nutrition and physical activity; as well as methodological studies relating to response. She has offered courses in epidemiology and epidemiological methods to Master’s and Ph.D. candidates, and to professional students in chiropractic and medical programs.


Board of Directors

Faith Davis, PhD is Professor of Epidemiology in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Background: Dr. Davis received her B.Sc degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She attended the Kennedy School of Government, the School of Public Health at Harvard University, where she received Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Public Health, and the Yale University School of Public Health where she received her PhD in chronic disease epidemiology. She has been a member of the faculty at UIC School of Public Health since 1984. Her research interests focus on cancer epidemiology, particularly brain tumors and radiation exposures. Dr. Davis has over 25 years of experience in conducting epidemiology research and has devoted administrative efforts towards developing an infrastructure to conduct population based studies in the Chicago area. She has served on local, regional and national review and advisory committees and is currently a member of the National Council for Radiation Protection subcommittee on biological effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and a co-chair of the Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium. She is on the editorial boards for Neuro- Oncology and the Journal of Registry Management. Dr. Davis conducted work with the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the U.S which culminated in a recent change of legislation regarding how brain tumor data will be collected in US surveillance systems in the future.

Michael C.R. Alavanja, Dr.P.H. is a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Cancer Institute and a Captain in the USPHS. Dr. Alavanja is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and has served as a member of the Admissions Committee.

Background: Dr. Alavanja is the author/co-author of over 125 peer reviewed articles in cancer, environmental and occupational epidemiology and Dr. Alavanja is the author of several book chapters. He has also served on the Expert Panel that wrote the IARC Monograph on Smoking and Health ( volume 83, 2004) and on the review panel for the recent Surgeon Generals report on Second-Hand Smoking and Health. He has received numerous professional awards and honors including the Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal (1999) for his work as principal investigator of the Agricultural Health Study, the Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal (1992) for his work in the quantitative risk assessment of environmental carcinogens, the Outstanding Unit Commendation Medal (1997) for his leadership role in developing a mentoring program in the Public Health Service, two Public Health Service Commendation Medals for highly productive research into the environmental causes of cancer (1997, 1992), the Unit Commendation Medal (1992) for his research on environmental causes of lymphomas, and a Public Health Service Citation for Chairing the Surgeon General’s, Scientist Professional Advisory Committee (1997). He has also been awarded the Career Scientist of the Year Award (2000) by the Surgeon General’s professional advisory committee for sustained contribution to cancer research and public health and the Distinguished Federal Employee Award (2000) for continuing volunteer service to the Frederick County Volunteer Action Agency (Mission:out reach to the poor). He has also received a certificate of appreciation for his four years of service on the Committee of Scientists (1998), which is responsible for improving the quality of work life in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and an the Equal Opportunity Officer’s Recognition Award (1990) for his efforts to further diversity in the workplace. Dr. Alavanja is also on the Graduate Faculty of Environmental Biology at Hood College. Currently, Dr. Alavanja is the Principal Investigator of the Agricultural Health Study and is also the Principal Investigator of a series of case-controls studies which are investigating the etiology of lung cancer. Additionally, he serves on numerous inter-Departmental Committees to provide expertise in cancer epidemiology and quantitative risk assessment. DR. Alavanja has also served as the Chair, and Vice Chair of the Scientist Professional Advisory Committee, for the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Alavanja is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and in American Men and Women of Science. Dr. Alavanja is active in community service and in service to his church, he served as a volunteer coordinator for the Frederick County, MD soup kitchen for the past 17 years and serves as an advisor to the Frederick Community Action Agency which sponsors Health Care for the Homeless of Frederick MD.

Jonine Bernstein, Ph.D., M.S. is an Associate Attending Epidemiologist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in both the Departments of Community and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Oncologic Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Background: Dr. Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University, an M.S. in Applied Biometry from the University of Southern California, and an A.B. from Brown University. Her research has focused on understanding the joint roles of environmental exposures and genetic susceptibility in the etiology of cancer. She is currently involved in etiologic studies examining the roles of ATM, BRCA1/2, CHEK2, and other DNA repair genes in breast cancer. In addition, Dr. Bernstein is working on projects developing and validating biomarkers of disease. The common goal of all of these projects is to identify women at highest risk because of gene carrier status, environmental exposures, or a combination of both. To help carry out these studies, Dr. Bernstein has spear-headed an international multi-disciplinary consortium involving over 25 institutions in the US and abroad. She serves as a standing member of the NIH review group EPIC and has served as an ad hoc reviewer on over 20 reviews for the NIH, DOD, and VA. In addition to her work as the Chair of the ACE Membership Committee, she has served on numerous committees for the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), and has organized scientific symposia for AACR, SER, and ISEE. Dr. Bernstein was co-founder and co-Chair of the mentoring program at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and elected Board member of the Woman’s Faculty Group.

Sandra I. Sulsky, MPH, Ph.D. is a member of the Applied Epidemiology group of ENVIRON International Corporation, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She earned her MPH at Boston University, and her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts.

Background: Dr. Sulsky has had experience conducting research in academic, business and governmental settings. Prior to joining ENVIRON, she worked at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Tufts University), at Epidemiology Resources, Inc., and at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She was a Senior Epidemiologist and Vice President of Applied Epidemiology, Inc., where she headed the injury epidemiology research group. Over the course of her career, Dr. Sulsky has maintained a deep interest in epidemiological methods and their application to diverse areas of inquiry, with a current focus on occupational and non-occupational injury, health intervention program evaluation and health surveillance. Dr. Sulsky is currently a member of the ACE Policy Committee and the Planning Committee. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Safety Research and as a peer reviewer for several other journals.