The Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health (formerly Social and Preventive Medicine) is celebrating 100 years of contributions to the health of Buffalo, the region, the nation and the world.
EEH was first established in 1919 as the Department of Hygiene and Public Health. Since that time, while the focus of our teaching, research and service has changed with the changing needs of our communities, we have remained committed to understanding how best to prevent disease, deliver care, and teach researchers and practitioners in public health. We are very proud of the many major public health leaders who have been part of our department. This 100th celebration is an opportunity to understand and commemorate our history, and to look to the future, in a time of rapidly changing public health challenges.
|Tours and open hours. ||The Albright–Knox Art Gallery||1 to 5 p.m.|
|Saxon Graham Lecture|| |
The Albright–Knox Art Gallery Auditorium
John Vena, Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, MUSC. UB epidemiology alum and former Epidemiology and Environmental Health faculty.
|3 to 5 p.m.|
|Dinner||Marcy Casino||5 to 9 p.m.|
|Registration ||403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus ||9 to 10 a.m.|
Plenary: Moyses Szklo, MD, DrPH
EEH Division Heads (Lina Mu, MD, PhD; James Olson, PhD; Katia Noyes, PhD)
|403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus||10 to 12 p.m.|
|Lunch & Poster Presentations||403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus||12 to 1 p.m.|
|Oral Presentations||403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus||1 to 4 p.m.|
|Reception||Residence of Dr. Dean Jean Wactawski-Wende and Dr. Karl Wende||7 p.m.|
Voluntary Group Outings: Tour of downtown Buffalo and other events (details to follow)
Registration: $100 includes
Student registration: $25 for all events
All others: $15 for symposium only
(All event registration fees are not refundable after May 9, 2019.)
The Department of EEH has organized discounted room blocks at a few local hotels. Discounted rates are only available until the cut-off date or until the blocked rooms have sold out.
Embassy Suites Buffalo (200 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY)
Hyatt Place (5020 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226)
Hotel Henry (444 Forest Ave, Buffalo, NY 14213)
Doubletree by Hilton (10 Flint Rd, Amherst, NY)
Staybridge Suite Amherst (1290 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst, NY)
Fairfield Inn & Suites (3880 Rensch Rd, Amherst, NY)
Foundry Suites (738 Elmwood, Buffalo, NY 14207)
We want to expand the information we have about the history of the department. Please share stories of your time at UB, tell us how your time here impacted your career and your life. Also, please share photos from your time here.
William Haenszel, a graduate of the University of Buffalo (B.A. in sociology and mathematics 1931, M.A. in statistics 1932), worked in epidemiology at Roswell Park. A co-author of the Mantel-Haenszel test. At the National Cancer Institute, organized the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, the national system for cancer surveillance.
Milton Terris, faculty of the Department, then Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 1951-57. Subsequently Professor at Tulane University, then Head of the Chronic Disease Unit of the NYC Public Health Research Institute and Chair of Preventive Medicine at New York Medical College. Served as President of the APHA and founded the Journal of Public Health Policy.
Abraham Lilienfeld, UB faculty, 1954-58. Founding chair of the Department of Statistics and Biological Research at Roswell Park. Was a leader in working to include chronic disease research as part of the purview of epidemiology. Served as Chair of the Department of Chronic Diseases and of the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins.
Edward Marra, first full-time chair of the Department, then Preventive Medicine and Public Health, changing to Social and Preventive Medicine, 1960-1976; established the masters degree program in epidemiology. Photo courtesy, University Archives.
Michel Ibrahim, faculty member in the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, 1964-71. Went on to become the Dean of the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Editor-in-Chief of Epidemiologic Reviews, now Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University. Was a founding Director of the American College of Epidemiology.
David Sackett, part of the Chronic Disease Research Institute at UB, 1963-67. Went on to found the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. Was instrumental in making evidence-based medicine a critical part of medical practice.
Craig Turnbull, part of the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, 1965-68; collaborated with Winkelstein. Went on to become professor of biostatistics, UNC Chapel Hill.
Warren Winkelstein, a leading epidemiologist, worked in Buffalo 1950-68 at the Erie County Department of Health and then at UB, collaborating Abe Lilienfeld at the UB School of Medicine, Chronic Disease Research Institute. He and colleagues conducted a landmark population-based cross-sectional study in Buffalo of factors associated with blood pressure.
Robert Wallace, one of the first two graduates of the UB masters degree in epidemiology program, 1972. Served in Buffalo as an Epidemiology Intelligence Service officer with the Erie County Health Department. Currently Professor, Irene Ensminger Stecher Professorship in Cancer Research, University of Iowa.
Harry Sultz, Acting Chair of the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, 1976 -1979, then Dean of the UB School of Health Related Professions. Author, with Kristina Young, of a leading textbook regarding health care organization in the US. Photo courtesy, University Archives.
Clarence Cooper, David Sackett, Warren Winkelstein, Craig Turnbull, Robert Partridge, Michel Ibrahim, Sy Kantor, Irene Andruczyk. Robert Partridge served as an EIS officer in Erie County and at UB.
Saxon Graham, Chair of the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, from 1981-1991, was among the preeminent cancer epidemiologists of his time, known for groundbreaking studies examining diet and cancer beginning in the 1950s. A founding Director of the American College of Epidemiology and a President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research.
Tim Beyers, professor in the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, 1981 to 1987. Was an integral part of a leading research group examining the role of diet in cancer etiology and prevention and doing methodological work on diet assessment.
John Vena received his PhD from UB, Professor in the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, 1981-2003. Expert in environmental and occupational epidemiology. Now Professor and founding Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Maurizio Trevisan, SUNY Distinguished Professor, former Chair of the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, 1991-2014. Founding Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions, UB, 2014-2007. Currently Dean, CUNY School of Medicine. Distinguished record of research on cardiovascular disease epidemiology, co-pi for the UB site of the Women’s Health Initiative.
Maurizio Trevisan; Jean Wactawski-Wende, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, 1999-present, Dean, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, 2014-present. Co-PI for the UB Women’s Health Initiative, expert in women’s health, epidemiology of osteoporosis, periodontal disease, systemic disease epidemiology.
Jo Freudenheim, UB Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, 2003-13, 2014-present. Expert in epidemiology of breast cancer, DNA methylation and lung effects of electronic cigarette use. Photo courtesy University Archives.
Vittorio Krogh, Research associate in the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine, 1985-91. Currently Director of Epidemiology and Prevention at the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy.
James Marshall, John Vena, Maria Zielezny, Robert O’Shea, Tim Byers, Saxon Graham. Maria Zielezny, Associate Professor in the Department, then Social and Preventive Medicine contributing critical statistical expertise to research with Graham, Marshall, Byers and Vena, among others.
Robert O’Shea, Dennis Bertram, Brian Pech, Michael Noe, Terry Pechacek, Charles Pruitt, Jo Freudenheim, Maurizio Trevisan, Maria Zieleznyf. Faculty at the time of the formation of the preventive medicine residency and Dr. Pech, the first resident in the program (approx. 1990).
Dennis Bertram, Jo Freudenheim, John Vena, Maria Zielezny, Robert O’Shea, James Marshall, Maurizio Trevisan, Saxon Graham.
Henry Lin, MD ’15, PhD ’15, MS ’16, Ophthalmology Medical Resident, Department of Ophthalmology, University at Buffalo
Dierdre Wheat, MD, MMedSci, PCME, MPH ’10, Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Health,Associate Medical Director for Quality, Disease and Case Management, Independent Health, Buffalo
Lamya Hamad, MPH ’13, Clinical Oncology Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacy, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Caila Vaughn, MPH ’12, PhD ’16, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University at Buffalo
Brian King, BS ’04, MPH ’06, PhD ’10, Deputy Director for Research Translation, Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Joel Merriman, MPH ’12, Lieutenant, US Public Health Service, Regulatory Officer, US Food and Drug Administration
Kelly Kamm, PhD ’14, Research Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
Amanda Ziegler, MPH ’13, Research Coordinator, Nutrition and Health Research Lab, University at Buffalo
As we celebrate the past, we are looking to the future. We continue to have wonderful, thoughtful, innovative and energetic students. Your support will help us to recruit, train and launch the best, most diverse students so that they become the new generation of leaders, laying the groundwork in public health for the next 100 years. Please consider “paying it forward” to help current and future students succeed.
The EEH 100th Anniversary Fund is for student support including tuition assistance, stipends, conference expenses and research funds.
The Julie Baker fund is for tuition assistance for masters students.
The Saxon Graham fund is for epidemiology doctoral students' research funds.