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July 23, 2002


Emory University's School of Public Health Welcomes New Chair of Epidemiology Department

Jack S. Mandel, PhD, MPH, has been named the new Rollins Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, effective August 1. Dr. Mandel also has a joint appointment in Emory's Winship Cancer Institute. He comes to Emory from Exponent, a nationally known consulting firm, where he served as group vice president of the Health/Epidemiology and Environmental Sciences Practices.

The author of more than100 professional articles, Dr. Mandel has focused as a researcher on the connection between cancer and environmental, occupational and lifestyle factors. From 1975 to 1999 he was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, where he served for four years as head of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health. During his tenure, he was named to the endowed Mayo Chair in Public Health in 1996 and was the recipient of the Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997.

"Jack Mandel is a proven leader who comes to us with a remarkable record of accomplishment as a researcher, teacher, and manager," said James W. Curran, M.D.,M.P.H., dean of the Rollins School of Public Health. "We are delighted that he is joining us as a colleague and as the leader of this key department of epidemiology, which is so fundamental to everything we do in public health."

As department chair, Dr. Mandel will continue to establish epidemiological research collaborations, especially in cancer research through the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and the state's Georgia Cancer Coalition. The position also offers a wide range of collaborative research opportunities with nearby institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, Carter Center, CARE International and other institutions in the Atlanta area.

"The committee received a large number of applications and eventually focused on the top twelve candidates," said Reynaldo Martorell, Ph.D., head of the search committee and chair of the Department of International Health. "While the process was difficult because of the high quality of the applicants, the committee agreed that Dr. Mandel stood out as a talented, versatile candidate. I am elated that Dr. Mandel has accepted the position and look forward to working with him for the benefit of the department of epidemiology and the Rolllins School of Public Health."

Dr. Mandel received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Manitoba in 1966 and later his master's and doctorate in public health from the University of Minnesota in 1973 and 1981, respectively.

He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Public Health Association, the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the International Epidemiologic Association and the American Society for Preventive Oncology.

The Department of Epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health currently consists of 16 full-time doctoral level faculty, 23 jointly appointed faculty and over 30 adjunct faculty with research interests in chronic disease, cancer, infectious disease, environmental health, reproductive health as well as epidemiological methods. The department also houses the NCI-sponsored Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program.

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