WVU Doctor Chairs National Environmental Health Board

 West Virginia University physician Alan Ducatman, M.D., was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to chair a prestigious environmental health board.

Dr. Ducatman will serve as Chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Environmental Health/ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

“All Americans rely on the CDC to keep them safe,” Ducatman said.  “The board is an external review committee for the CDC.  We provide an unbiased look at their functions and make recommendations on ways to improve various environmental health plans.”

Plans include external reviews of emergency response plans, the main topic of discussion for the BSC’s November meeting in Atlanta.  Ducatman’s participation as a board member prompted the national committee to select him for a leadership role.

“Alan Ducatman is considered a national expert on environmental illness and toxic exposures,” said John Prescott, M.D, dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine.  “Our institution is proud and honored to have him serve our school, state and nation.”

For Ducatman, the ability to serve on the committee that protects Americans from environmental toxins is more about making a contribution to society than it is prestige. He got his start at a young age as a Navy doctor.  Ducatman recalled how the military paid his salary and paved his way in the environmental medical field.

“This is my chance to give back to the federal government and the people of this country,” he said.

Ducatman is chair of the WVU Department of Community Medicine and board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine.

For more information on the WVU Department of Community Medicine visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/.

 Alan Ducatman, M.D.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 08-17-07

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