U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Dr. Dori B. Reissman attained the rank of Rear Admiral (1-star) in the U.S. Public Health Service and recently retired from federal executive service as the Associate Administrator for the World Trade Center Health Program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In that role, Dr. Reissman oversaw all management, administrative, and clinical services provided to the >125,000 enrolled program members harmed by the 9/11 terror attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. This complex federal health care program provides high quality healthcare services to eligible members with qualifying conditions, conducts standardized health surveillance, and funds an exposure registry and a robust extramural science portfolio. Additionally, Dr. Reissman led and coordinated a myriad of scientific activities supporting a “research-to-care” philosophical paradigm for competitive funding to characterize exposure-linkage for adverse health effects and mechanisms of action to improve the healthcare delivered.
Dr Reissman entered the Commissioned Medical Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1997 through the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, beginning her service within CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, researching and lecturing on childhood lead poisoning both domestically and internationally. She participated in a variety of environmental hazard investigations, including arsenic contamination of drinking water, chemical contamination of toothbrushes in a Tribal Head Start program, and allergic reactions due to consumption of bioengineering of corn. Dr Reissman served in numerous capacities in CDC’s new Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, and in emergency operations throughout the 9/11 terror and 2001 anthrax spore attacks. She joined CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control as an expert in disaster mental and behavioral health for policy and program. She has deployed for many disasters and worked to integrate workforce resilience strategies within incident command structures at CDC and for community-based public health protection. Dr. Reissman is a physician (Albert Einstein Coll. Med) with advanced training in psychiatry (clinical residency, Hackensack Medical Center and St. Vincents Hospital and Med Ctr of NY), occupational medicine and public health (MPH and clinical residency, Univ. of IL), and toxicology (MA, Columbia Univ).