MRC GEM member, Dr. Armin Ansari, Elected President of Health Physics Society

Armin Ansari, PhD, CHP, a long-time MRC GEM member, was recently elected President of the Health Physics Society. Dr. Armin Ansari The Society, formed in 1956, is a scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. Its mission is to support its members in the practice of their profession and to promote excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety. Today its nearly 6,000 members represent all scientific and technical areas related to radiation safety including academia, government, medicine, research and development, analytical services, consulting, and industry in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Society is chartered in the United States as an independent nonprofit scientific organization and, as such, is not affiliated with any government or industrial organization or private entity. Armin has provided a number of valuable radiation response training sessions to MRC GEM. Our members' participation in a drill held at Peachtree Ridge High School July 18, 2009, was filmed professionally and included in training materials distributed by the CDC. Dr. Ansari is a health physicist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He serves as subject-matter expert in CDC’s radiation emergency preparedness and response activities and has frequently represented CDC on the Federal Advisory Team for Environment, Food, and Health. Armin was the lead author of CDC guidance on population monitoring for state and local public health planners. He was also a contributing author to the Federal Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation. Armin conducts training workshops and lectures extensively on the topic of radiological/nuclear emergencies for various technical and nontechnical audiences throughout the country. Armin obtained both his BS and PhD degrees in radiation biophysics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He started his career as a radiation biologist and did his postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories studying the molecular nature of radiation-induced point mutations. Prior to joining CDC, Armin was a senior scientist with the radiological consulting firm of Auxier & Associates in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a project leader with the Environmental Survey and Site Assessment Program at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. His work in those years focused on radiological site characterizations and radiation dose assessments. Armin has previously served on the Health Physics Society Board of Directors. He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP). He is also an adjunct associate professor of nuclear and radiological engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a member of Georgia East Metro Medical Reserve Corps, and a member of Gwinnett County Community Emergency Response Team. Armin and his wife Elham have been married for 17 years. Elham is a part-time pharmacist. They live in the Atlanta suburbs with their two children, Armon (14) and Kiana (almost 13). Their vacations are spent visiting family and friends and going to destinations that middle-school children appreciate. Armin’s idea of perfect leisure is reading a good book in quiet, with his feet up, sipping hot tea.