University's School of Public Health Welcomes New Chair of Epidemiology
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
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.