Faculty Mentors

Fellows work closely with faculty mentors on choosing coursework, planning and carrying out practicum rotations, and exploring career paths. The following list includes many, but not all, of the mentors available to fellows, with a brief description of their areas of interests.

Mary S. Applegate, MD, MPH
Co-director, Fellowship in Applied Public Health

Special Interests: Unintended pregnancy prevention; breastfeeding; campus health

Rachel M. De Long, MD, MPH
Co-director, Fellowship in Applied Public Health
Co-director, Maternal and Child Health Catalyst Program, University at Albany School of Public Health
Special Interests: Early childhood; building family assets; rural health.

Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, MPH
Deputy Commissioner, Office of Public Health, NYSDOH, retired
Professor of Epidemiology, SPH
Special Interests: HIV/AIDS epidemiology, prevention & treatment; Communicable disease epidemiology; Public health surveillance; Immunization programs; Lyme disease.

Debra S. Blog, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Epidemiology, NYSDOH
Special Interests: Immunizations; children with special health care needs; children's environmental health.

Christine Compton, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Bureau of Immunization, NYSDOH
Special Interests: Community health, cancer prevention & survivorship.

Heather Dacus, DO, MPH
Director, Bureau of Chronic Disease Control, NYSDOH
Special Interests: Cancer prevention, screening, and care; tobacco control.

Alda Osinaga, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Division of Program Development & Management
Office of Health Insurance Programs, NYSDOH

Margaret Oxtoby, MD, MPH
Director, Bureau of TB Control, NYSDOH
Asst. Professor of Epidemiology, SPH
Special Interests: Tuberculosis prevention and control; HIV/AIDS epidemiology.

Lou Crocker Smith, MD, MPH
Division of Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Research, AIDS Institute, NYSDOH
Special Interests: HIV/AIDS; hepatitis; epidemiology, prevention, and health care issues for chronic infectious diseases.

Marc F. Stern, MD, MPH
Consultant in Correctional Health Care
Assistant Affiliate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Journal Club Director, Fellowship in Applied Public Health
Special Interests: Health services research; evidence-based medicine; clinical epidemiology; outcomes research; medical education; prison medicine.

Barbara Wallace, MD, MPH 
Medical Director, Division of Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, NYSDOH
Asst. Professor of Epidemiology, University at Albany SPH
Special Interests: Communicable & chronic disease epidemiology & control.