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Our Graduates Have Great Success Stories

Department of Epidemiology alumni have crafted interesting career paths and are applying their wealth of professional and academic experiences in a variety of roles.

Some epidemiology doctoral program alumni hold positions in the following organizations:

Research biostatistician Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Staff toxicologist California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Chief executive officer Renaissance Health Ventures
Associate professor, public health Columbia University
Medical consultant E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company
Vice president, health care research Gallup Organization
Epidemiologist Lockheed Martin
Assistant professor, ophthalmology Johns Hopkins University
Research associate Maine Medical Center
Cancer prevention fellow National Cancer Institute
Nutrition policy director National Center for Health Statistics
Research scientist New Jersey Department of Health
Professor, epidemiology Purdue University
Executive director Southwestern PA AIDS Planning Coalition

Some epidemiology master's program alumni hold positions in these organizations:
Dietetic consultant American Dietetic Association
President and chief executive officer Arcadia Gymnastics & Fitness Center
Associate, epidemiology Brigham & Women's Hospital
Epidemiologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Research coordinator Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Director Delaware Public Health Labs
Health director Egyptian Ministry of Health
Director, regulatory affairs Hoffmann-Larouche Inc.
Professor and geneticist Indiana University
Consultant, cardiovascular diseases Mayo Clinic
Health statistician National Center for Health Statistics
Bureau chief Ohio State Health Department
Administrator, public health Pennsylvania State Government
Senior clinical research associate Schering Plough Research Institute

Epi Alumni News

Salcido's Pulse Point app alerts citizens to cardiac arrent patients in need (video)

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CBS PITTSBURGH - Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08), resuscitation specialist and assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine, is hoping his app can help save lives in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The free app, called Pulse Point, is connected to the Allegheny County 911 system, so that those who know CPR to get to those in need before paramedics arrive. Listen to the interview and learn more about the app. 

Salcido returns as epidemiology seminar speaker

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Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08) was guest lecturer for the September 21, 2017, epidemiology seminar with a talk titled “Cardiac Arrest, Resuscitation and the Opioid Epidemic.” He began his resuscitation research work in 2006. Since then he has developed interests in cardiac arrest physiology (acute phase), resuscitation device and robotics development, signal analysis, and emergency medicine epidemiology. 

Former MPH classmates meet in Maine for their annual traveling reunion

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One of the many informal summer gatherings of former Pitt Public Health classmates, this group of MPH alumni has reunited every year since graduation in a different place! This year was coastal Maine, primarily Bar Harbor. Pictured are CAROLYN BYRNES (EPI), SARAH LOCH (EPI), NICOLLE NESTLER (BCHS), KELSEY ALLEN (BCHS), KATHLEEN CREPPAGE (EPI), and JESSICA SUCHY (BCHS). Past locations have included Buffalo, DC, Pittsburgh, and Colorado. 

Taylor takes best of show with checkerboard peanut butter pie

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NEW YORK TIMES - This doctoral alum is amazing! CHRIS TAYLOR (EPI '10), who was inducted into the Pitt Public Health Delta Omega Honor Society chapter in May 2017, won best in show in the amateur division at the American Pie Council's championship in June in Orlando, Florida. His winner beat 205 other entries with a recipe inspired in part by a Take5 candy bar, one of his favorites.  

Dorman receives nursing Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award

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It was announced today that alumna JANICE SCULLY DORMAN (HUGEN ’81, EPI ’83) is the recipient of the Pitt School of Nursing 2017 Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award for tenured faculty. Dorman has taught classes at that school (and at Pitt Public Health) for 30 years, focusing primarily on molecular epidemiology and genetics. 

Pandav honored for work with the WHO in TImor-Leste

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Alumnus RAJESH PANDAV (EPI ’01) has now completed two years as the World Health Organization’s country representative to East Timor. Along with updates on his accomplishments, Pandav sent in a nice shout-out to his mentors at Pitt: “All this has been possible because of the excellent education I received when I was at Pitt Public Health. I would like to specially thank Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, MARY DERKACH, and my mentor, MARY GANGULI... 

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Epi Alumni Awards & Profiles

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Mary Ganguli: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research 

Mary Ganguli: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

Mary Ganguli is professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of late-life mental disorders, particularly neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.... (05/18/2017)
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Laura Gieraltowski: 2017 Early Career Excellence Award 

Laura Gieraltowski: 2017 Early Career Excellence Award

Laura B. Gieraltowski is serving as a lieutenant commander with the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) for which she is a epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases, Division of the Foo... (05/18/2017)
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Massoudi Receives Alumni Award for Practice 

Massoudi Receives Alumni Award for Practice

Mehran Massoudi (EPI '92, '93) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 20, 2016, at the Alumni Awards dinner. (05/20/2016)
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Dorman Recognized with the 2016 Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 

Dorman Recognized with the 2016 Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

Janice Scully Dorman (HUGEN '81, EPI '83) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. (05/20/2016)
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Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10) 

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10)

Expectations were always high for Veronica Sansing-Foster, but her ascent to administrator and reseacher at the Food and Drug Administration wasn't the result of a calculated career path. Reflecting on the road that took her from the South Side of Chicago to the key post, she cites her own ability a... (03/18/2016)
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Glynn Receives Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award 

Glynn Receives Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

Nancy Glynn (EPI '94) was recognized on May 29, 2015, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards  dinner. (05/31/2015)
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Cruickshanks Receives Alumni Award for Research 

Cruickshanks Receives Alumni Award for Research

Karen Cruickshanks (EPI ’87) was honored with the 2014 Alumni Award for Research on May 17 at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. (05/17/2014)
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Boyle Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Research 

Boyle Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Research

Coleen Boyle (BIOST '78, EPI ’81) was recognized with the Alumni Award for Research on March 28, 2013, during the annual Alumni Award dinner. (03/29/2013)
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