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About the Director of EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL)

Wayne Cascio

Wayne Cascio serves as Director of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development.  Cascio was previously Director of NHEERL's Environmental Public Health Division.  Wayne earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.D. from the University of Maryland.  He completed clinical training in internal medicine, and cardiovascular diseases at the University of North Carolina and post-doctoral training in electrophysiology at the Physiologisches Institut, Universität Bern, Switzerland.  Over 24 years in academia at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University he engaged in clinical, research, teaching, and administrative activities.

Prior to joining the EPA in 2011 Wayne worked to increase access to cardiovascular health care in underserved rural areas, and served on EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee for Particulate Matter. He now serves as the EPA’s liaison to NCER-ATSDR’s Board of Scientific Councilors, the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction: Wildland Fire Science and Technology Task Force [Committee on Environment, Natural Resource and Sustainability/US National Science and Technology Council], the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Prevention Council.

Wayne has authored or co-authored more than 170 journal articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of a 2013 EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, a 2013 Office of Research and Development Impact Award, and numerous Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards. Current research includes the study of the health effects of environmental pollutants for the purpose of informing risk assessment, risk-management decisions, and improvement of public health and quality of life through utilization of environmental health surveillance and exposure data coupled with increased environmental health communication and literacy.  Wayne is a clinician/scientist and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases.