Physicians hold seven of the 15 positions on the newly appointed scientific review panel for HHS' World Trade Center Health Program.
Seven docs named to WTC Health committee
The WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders to and survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, according to an HHS news release. The program's scientific and technical advisory committee is charged with making recommendations regarding WTC-related health conditions and eligibility criteria.
The committee's physician members include two—William Rom of New York University School of Medicine and Steven Markowitz of the City University of New York—who have experience treating World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers, according to the release. The other physician members are Robert Harrison of the University of California at San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health; Virginia Weaver of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; Thomas Aldrich of Yeshiva University in New York; Carol North of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas; and Leonardo Trasande of New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.
Meetings will begin this fall in New York, according to the release, and panel members will hear testimony from scientific and technical experts as well as stakeholders and the general public. The advisory committee's recommendations, to be presented to WTC Health Program Administrator John Howard, are nonbinding but "will be given serious consideration," the release noted.
"Together with the WTC responder and survivor steering committees, the advisory committee will also assist in serving the health needs of those who continue to suffer the adverse health consequences of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011," Howard said in the release.
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