ACE 2018 Runoff Election
Biographical Sketches and Candidate Statements

The poll for this special election will close on Sunday, August 19 2018. All members are encouraged to exercise their right to vote.

Please review the biographical sketches and candidate statements below and then complete your ballot.

Board of Directors

Fellow Nominees

Vote for one (1) candidate: Cathy CritchlowJan Eberth


Cathy Critchlow, MS, PhD, FACE, is Vice President and Head of the Center for Observational Research at Amgen, Inc. and an Affiliate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and both her master’s degree in biomathematics and her doctorate degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington.  A fellow of the College since 2005, she is also a member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.

In her current role, Dr. Critchlow leads a function that provides strategic and operational leadership to the design and conduct of epidemiologic research across multiple stakeholders and therapeutic areas. Her group has developed a “Real World Data” (RWD) platform that provides access to HIPAA-compliant health data from over 160 million patients supported by a common data model with visualization and analytic tools based on innovative technologies to generate robust evidence supporting the development of new medicines and surveillance of those medicines following regulatory approval.  Collaborations with academic investigators link the internal RWD platform to external platforms, providing access to additional data within the US, Europe and Asia.  Prior to joining Amgen, Dr. Critchlow was a faculty member in Epidemiology at the University of Washington, where her research focused on infectious disease and reproductive epidemiology.  Dr. Critchlow has served on a number of Advisory Committees for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.  Her service to ACE includes previous membership on the Board of Directors and chairmanship of the Communications Committee.

Statement:  During the past 25 years of my professional career as an epidemiologist, first in academia and now in the biotechnology industry, the range of opportunities and the potential impact of our profession on improving health and guiding health policy has never been greater.  The rapid growth in the volume of medical information collected in digital formats and sophistication of analytic methods and data platform technologies has provided us with increasingly powerful tools to inform health care decision-making.  It is imperative that we train epidemiologists to be influential in this evolving landscape and develop leaders who are impactful in helping us fully realize the potential of our profession.  The American College of Epidemiology is critical to this mission.  I am passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of epidemiology practitioners and leaders.  I am enthusiastic about helping our organization navigate the challenges facing us, including growing a diverse and inclusive membership, providing a supportive environment that facilitates career development and affords professional fellowship, and ensuring responsiveness to, and relevance in the evolving research landscape and healthcare ecosystem.  As a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, I am honored to present my candidacy to the ACE Board of Directors.


Jan Eberth, MSPH, PhD, FACE is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina and Deputy Director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Dr. Eberth received her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research from MD Anderson Cancer Center. The focus of her research over the past decade has been on cancer health disparities, particularly understanding the socioeconomic and structural barriers that impede adequate access and utilization to cancer screening and treatment. Dr. Eberth is a leader within the cancer prevention and control community in South Carolina and nationwide, serving as an invited member of the newly formed National Lung Cancer Roundtable, Chair of the Lung Cancer workgroup of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, and a consultant for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) Breast Cancer Disparities Learning Community. She is also an active member of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, a grassroots volunteer organization that advocates for the advancement of cancer research and policy. Dr. Eberth is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and has been active in the college since 2007. She served on the ACE Board of Directors as its Associate Member representative from 2008-2010, Vice-Chair of the Communications Committee from 2010-2013, and as Chair of the Communications Committee from 2014-2016. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor of the Annals of Epidemiology, the official journal publication of ACE.

Statement: As an active member of ACE since 2007, it is a pleasure to be nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the next 3 years. Throughout my years working in various leadership roles within the college, I have worked to expand the influence of our organization to the broader public health community and ensure consistent outreach to our members. As Chair of the Communications Committee, I lead the renovation of the ACE website, logo, newsletter and social media presence. Creating and sustaining a vibrant community of scholars takes effort year-round, above and beyond putting on an excellent Annual Meeting. As a member of the ACE Board of Directors, I would encourage the college and associated committee leadership to offer more opportunities for epidemiology education throughout the year, via virtual and in-person regional events, and will continue to voice enthusiasm for enhanced membership benefits to attract more qualified epidemiologists and trainees to join ACE. I will also continue to work with the Communications Committee and Mentoring Committee to ensure we are developing and disseminating training opportunities in line with the needs of our members at all levels, from students looking for methods-oriented workshops to Fellows looking for leadership training.