Subject: UCSF experts on war - and terrorism-related topics

April 09, 2003

The following UCSF clinicians and scientists can provide expert information on health, medical, and scientific topics related to war and terrorism.

If you would like to arrange an interview with any of these UCSF faculty, please contact the respective staff person in the UCSF News Office:

Janet Basu: 415-502-4608
Maureen McInaney: 415-514-1592
Wallace Ravven: 415-502-1332
Camille Mojica Rey: 415-476-8429
(UCSF News Office main number: 415-476-2557)

Gulf War Illness

· Michael Weiner, MD, UCSF professor of medicine, radiology, psychiatry and neurology and director of the Magnetic Resonance Unit at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  Currently a principal investigator on brain imaging study of Gulf War Illness.
(Contact: C.M. Rey)

· McLeod “Mac” Griffiss, MD,  UCSF professor of laboratory medicine and chief of immunochemistry and physician in infectious disease at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  A co-principal investigator on Gulf War Illness study with Weiner, evaluates vets for Gulf War Illness.
(Contact: C.M. Rey)

Bioterrorism & Infectious Disease

· Peter Jensen, MD, UCSF professor of medicine in infectious disease and chief of infectious disease at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
(Contact: C.M. Rey)

· McLeod “Mac” Griffiss, MD, UCSF professor of laboratory medicine and chief of immunochemistry and physician in infectious disease at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  A co-principal investigator on Gulf War Illness study with Weiner.  Evaluates vets for Gulf War Illness.
(Contact: C.M. Rey)

· John Stein, MD, UCSF specialist in emergency medicine. Front line preparedness.
(Contact: M. McInaney)

· James Marks, MD, PhD, UCSF professor of anesthesiology and pharmaceutical chemistry, based at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center.  Developed a vaccine against botulism.
(Contact: W. Ravven)

· George Rutherford, MD, UCSF professor of epidemiology; chief, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and interim director, Institute for Global Health. A former state epidemiologist for the California Department of Health Services. An expert on tracking infectious diseases and steps needed to reduce their impact.
(Contact: W. Ravven)

Trauma

· Robert Mackersie, MD, UCSF associate professor of surgery and director of the Trauma Service at   San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center.  Emergency medicine, wound and trauma care. 
(Contact: C.M. Rey)

· John Stein, MD, UCSF specialist in emergency medicine.  Front line preparedness.
(Contact: M. McInaney)

· Kathy Lenihan, RN, nurse specialist in the UCSF Echocardiography/Cardiac Stress Lab and chair of the UCSF Committee on Multi-Casualty Incidents, Triage and Training.  Planning specialist for UCSF Medical Center response to a multi-casualty incident. Served 30 years in the military, retiring this year with a lieutenant colonel ranking.
(Contact: M. McInaney)

· Ronald Miller, MD, UCSF professor and chair of anesthesia and perioperative care.  Served as anesthesiologist in Vietnam.  Knowledgeable about battlefield resuscitation and other triage in the field.
(Contact:  W. Ravven)

Chemical weapons

· Kent Olson, MD, executive medical director, state-wide California Poison Control System (administered by UCSF School of Pharmacy).  Expertise on effect of and treatment for a wide range of poisons, including those used as chemical weapons.
(Contact: W. Ravven)

PTSD and other psychological aspects of trauma

· Charles Marmar, MD, UCSF professor of psychiatry and chief of mental health services at San Francisco VA Medical Center.  Currently studying war vets.  Coined the term PTSD and has studied PTSD in police and emergency workers in SF and NYC.
(Contact: C.M. Rey)

Psychological aspects specific to Children & Adolescents

· Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD, UCSF associate professor; director of child and adolescent psychiatry; and director of UCSF Children’s Center at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. Studies the causes of and treatments for major mental disorders in children, particularly the use of medications.  Long-standing interest in research policy as it applies to childhood mental disorders.
(Contact: J. Basu)

· Lynn Ponton, MD, UCSF professor of clinical psychiatry. Founding chair of the National Disaster Response Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, she and colleagues at UCSF developed the prototype for a disaster packet now offered by the academy to child and school psychologists. 

Also an expert on adolescent behavior and risk-taking, author of the book The Sex Lives of Teenagers and The Romance of Risk. 
(Contact: J. Basu)

· The Child Life Specialists at UCSF Children’s Hospital.  Experts in child growth and development and help children and their families cope with the anxiety and stress associated with crisis, illness and hospitalization.  Use play and other therapeutic interventions to help reduce anxiety and stress as well as normalize the hospital environment for children and their families.  Have prepared advice for talking with children about war, terrorism and national disasters.
(Contact: J. Basu)

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