External Advisory Committee (EAC)

The EAC will advise CCISP on issues related to strategic planning, development and implementation of research, training, and outreach programs. The Committee will provide input and feedback on the progress and performance of the Center. The EAC is comprised of the following members:

Kitty Gelberg, PhD, MPH, serves as Chair of the EAC. Dr. Gelberg is Associate Director, Office of Drug User Health at the NYS Department of Health (DOH) and is skilled in opioid poisoning, suicide prevention, program evaluation, injury prevention, occupational health and safety, health promotion, program development and health education. She formerly served as the Director of the NYS DOH Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention. She has a PhD in Epidemiology and an MPH from Yale University.

Brendan G. Carr, MD, MS, FACEP is Associate Dean, Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University and serves as the Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Care Coordination Center. He completed residency and a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified in emergency medicine. He is trained as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. His research interests include using patient claims data to study trauma and emergency care systems including how telemedical consultation can be used to improve outcomes.

Arthur Cooper, MD, MS, is Professor (Emeritus) of Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Cooper was trained in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and in pediatric surgery and surgical critical care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and served as the Director of Pediatric Surgical Services and the Trauma Center for the Columbia University Affiliated Harlem Hospital Center for many years. He is a member of numerous professional and academic societies, has edited six books and written more than one hundred fifty scientific articles, textbook chapters, and policy statements, serves on a variety of national and regional expert and advisory committees, and is a recognized authority in the fields of critical care, trauma, and emergency medical services for children— particularly pre-hospital emergency care and trauma systems development— as well as physical child abuse.

Rebecca Cunningham, MD, directs the University of Michigan CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center where she is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. As Director of the Injury Center, she guides the short and long-term missions of the Center where she has led several large multidisciplinary research teams. She has expertise in longitudinal research evaluating interventions and in conducting research on substance use, violence, underage drinking, firearm safety, mental health and in emergency department-based research.

Dario Gonzalez, MD, is the Medical Director for the New York City Office of Emergency Management and Associate Medical Director for the New York City Fire Department Emergency Medical Services. He has extensive clinical experience in emergency medicine and advanced trauma care.

Angelo Ortiz, LCSW-R, is the Director of Youth Services, Inwood Community Services, and Coordinator of the UNIDOS Coalition. He has worked as a certified clinical social worker in the Northern Manhattan community for many years and has led the development of community-based intervention programs to prevent substance abuse, injury, and violence among adolescents.

Lloyd Sederer, MD, is Distinguished Psychiatric Advisor to the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at Mailman School of Public Health. He has written seven books for professional audiences, five books for lay and student audiences and 500 articles.  He is a monthly contributor to Sirius-XM radio and a contributing writer on mental health and addiction for U.S. News and World Report. One of his recent books addresses controversies in mental health and addiction. He started the Columbia Psychiatry Media Center which includes a partnership with Medscape.

Catherine Stayton, DrPH, is Director of the Injury Epidemiology Unit in the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. She co-chairs the NYC DOHMH Domestic Violence Steering Committee which develops and implements domestic violence prevention initiatives across NYC. She has expertise in injury and violence surveillance systems, intimate partner violence, female homicide, substance abuse, and adolescent risk behaviors.

Doug Wiebe, PhD, directs the Penn Injury Science Center, a CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine. He directs the SpaceTimeEPI group and has research interests and expertise in environmental risk factors for injury and the methodological challenges of activity pattern and exposure measurement. Dr. Wiebe studies firearms and homicide, suicide, unintentional shooting of household members, mild traumatic brain injury, clinical management of trauma and other injury and violence prevention issues.

Robert Winchell, MD, FACS, is Chief of Trauma, Burns, Critical and Acute Care and Director of the Trauma Center at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. During his career he has worked to develop and advance trauma care and trauma systems across multiple U.S. states and internationally. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and is board certified in General Surgery with additional qualifications in Surgical Critical Care. In addition to his domestic work to advance trauma systems, he served as a founding representative from the American College of Surgeons to the World Health Organization’s Global Alliance for care of the injured.