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Richard J Waxweiler, PhD, MSIE

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Dr Waxweiler received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. His career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began in 1971 as an epidemiologist/industrial hygienist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) where he led a research staff that focused on the identification and control of occupational carcinogens. Afterwards, he investigated radiation related health effects while at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and toxic waste site health effects for the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. He joined the injury control program at CDC in 1985, where he first directed the Epidemiology Branch. As Special Assistant for Scientific Affairs for the injury program, he led the development of the National Agenda and National Plan for Injury Control. He has been active in the American Public Health Association where he has served as Chairman of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, and in the Association of Georgia as a board member. He served as the Director, Division of Acute Care, Rehabilitation Research, and Disability Prevention Division which focuses on acute care and rehabilitation of injured persons and prevention of related disabilities and secondary conditions. He also served as the Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Currently, he is serving as the Associate Director for Extramural Research.