John Donald Millar, MD, DTPH (Lond.)

Jeffrey S. Lee Lectureship

2002 Lecturer

JOHN DONALD MILLAR, MD, DTPH (Lond.): President, DON MILLAR & Associates, Inc., Murrayville, GA; Consultant in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Lecture Title: My 25 Year Romance with Industrial Hygiene

Educational Background: in 1956 he earned the B.S. (Chemistry) from the University of Richmond; in 1959, the M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia; and, in l966, the D.T.P.H. (Lond.) (equivalent to Master of Public Health) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England, U.K. In 1993, he was a student of the late Dr. W. Edwards Deming in Quality Enhancement.

Employment Background: A physician epidemiologist, he is the only person to hold three key national scientific leadership positions in occupational/environmental health: Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)(1981-1993); Director, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)(1980-81); and, Chairman Executive Committee, National Toxicology Program (NTP)(1989-93). He directed CDC's Smallpox Eradication Program and its predecessors (1963-1970) and was active in global smallpox eradication until its conclusion in 1979. In 1993, he retired from the U.S. Public Health Service as Assistant Surgeon General with the rank of Rear Admiral (Upper). Now, he is Vice Chairman of the Public Health Policy Advisory Board (PHPAB), a Washington "think-tank" fostering science-based public health policy founded and Chaired by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former Secretary of Health and Human Services; and, Consultant in Occupational/Environmental Medicine, PathCon Labs. In 1998, he chaired the Scientific Workshop on Toxigenic Molds for AIHA, and in 1999, the External Expert Panel on Acute Pulmonary Hemorrhage in Infants for CDC. He has consulted with CDC on smallpox bio-terrorism and wrote a review of the subject for PHPAB in 2000.

From 1988-98 he was Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and now serves on editorial and advisory boards of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Awards and Recognition: in 1997, was elected to the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International, National Safety Council; in 1995, named Honorary Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association for "outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of the Profession of Industrial Hygiene"; in 1994, received honorary degree "Doctor of Public Service" from Greenville College, Illinois; in 1993, the William Steiger Memorial Award from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, and the Health Watch Award for "outstanding contributions toward improving the health of minority populations"; in 1992, the William S. Knudsen Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for "outstanding contributions to occupational medicine." In 1990, was named Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, London (U.K.). In the U. S. Public Health Service, he received the Surgeon General's Medallion for "exceptional skill and fortitude," and, twice (1983, 1989), the USPHS's highest honor, The Distinguished Service Medal.

Personal: 1957, married Joan Marie Phillips; 3 children, 4 grandchildren; Baptist Sunday School teacher. Hobbies: music, sailing, and Civil War history. (Rev. Nov. '01)



   

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