Faculty

Jan Carney, MD, MPH

Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, 
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Education: AB, Middlebury College, 1976; MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1981; residency and chief residency in internal medicine, University of Vermont/Medical Center; MPH Harvard School of Public Health,1987; board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Carney served as Vermont’s commissioner of health from 1989 to 2003, for three gubernatorial administrations. During this time, she created and led the “Healthy Vermonters” initiative, credited by the Burlington Free Press with helping “make Vermonters among the healthiest of Americans and certainly among the best educated about the condition of public health in their state.” Dr. Carney is an experienced teacher, practitioner, and leader in public health. She was Vermont’s first recipient of a Local Legend Award, a collaboration between the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Library of Medicine to highlight the contribution of women physicians around the country. Recipients are nominated by members of Congress.

Lynn Zanardi Blevins, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BA, Drew University, 1991; MD, Medical College of Virginia 1995; MPH, Boston University, 1998

Dr. Blevins is a medical epidemiologist interested in human health within the context of broad environmental factors, including infectious agents. After completing a residency in preventive medicine, she trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. Dr. Blevins has worked in the areas of infectious diseases, immunizations, environmental health, and emergency preparedness. Her areas of interest include how food systems affect public health and the relationship between the health of humans, animals, and the environment (One Health).

William C. Bress, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BA, C.W. Post College, 1971; MS, St. John’s University, 1978; PhD, St. John’s University, 1984

Dr. Bress has more than 40 years of experience in clinical, forensic, and environmental toxicology.

In his 26 years as state toxicologist at the Vermont Department of Health, Dr. Bress participated in many town, state, and federal public meetings dealing with environmental health issues. He has worked in clinical laboratories, crime labs, and medical examiners’ offices, and he spent 10 years as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee on Acute Exposure Guidelines. In addition to teaching, Dr. Bress is currently consulting on emergency-preparedness issues.

Thomas Delaney, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BA, Rutgers University-New Brunswick/Piscataway, 1995; MA, University of Denver, 1999; PhD, University of Denver, 2004

Since 2002, Dr. Delaney has been an applied researcher with the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, where he has worked on a wide range of topics, including evaluating quality improvement efforts in the healthcare system. Currently, Dr. Delaney is funded by grants from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to evaluate the effectiveness Vermont’s mental health system in serving young adults who are experiencing mental health and related challenges and to study the efficacy of a treatment approach for children and families who have experienced trauma.

Heidi Gortakowski, MPH

Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

Education:BA in Science, Technology & Society, Vassar College; MPH in Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health

After completing her degree in public health, Heidi Gortakowski accepted an applied epidemiology fellowship with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to her work in HIV surveillance, Heidi focused on using GIS to map the prevalence and burden of HIV in New York. She is currently an epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health working in performance management. As the performance improvement manager, she oversees performance accountability and leads the department in its efforts to build infrastructure that supports the effective use of data to drive governmental decision making. Heidi sits on the advisory board for the CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship and has contributed to peer-reviewed literature in the fields of HIV, asthma, physical activity, tobacco, and workforce development.

Valerie Harder, PhD, MHS

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BS, Northwestern University, 1999; MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005; PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2008

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Catherine Hamilton, PhD

Lecturer, UVM Business School and UVM College of Medicine, Vice President of Consumer Services and Planning, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Education:BA, Bowdoin College, 1988; PhD, Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, 2001

Dr. Hamilton has worked in health care policy, management, finance, and administration for 25 years in a variety of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise are in strategic planning, health care finance, health care reform policy, and programs to expand health insurance coverage. Dr. Hamilton oversees strategic planning, health care reform, Medicare, and individual markets and customer service for Vermont’s largest health insurance plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Prior to her position at BCBSVT, she worked as a regulator of health plans at the Mayor’s Office of Medicaid Managed Care in New York City. She is a part-time lecturer at UVM of Health Care Management and Strategic Planning in Health Care and serves as the director of the Health Care Management Program.

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Amanda G. Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS

Associate Professor of Medicine, UVM Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UVM College of Medicine

Education:PharmD, Northeastern University, 2000; Graduate Certificate in Human Factors, University of Queensland, Austrailia, 2007

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Hendrika Maltby, PhD 

Professor of Nursing, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Education: BA, University of Windsor, 1975; BScN, University of Windsor, 1976; MScN, University of Western Ontario, 1986; PhD, Curtin University of Technology, 1997

Dr. Maltby’s background is in public health nursing, and she has taught in Canada, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, and, since January 2000, at UVM. She is interested in community partnerships that provide a holistic approach to enhance the health and quality of life of populations. In addition, she conducts a yearly faculty-led program in Bangladesh for nursing and physical therapy students. Dr. Maltby’s research, publications, and conference presentations reflect community-based issues, with current projects examining cultural immersion and cultural competency development.

Donna O’Malley, MLS

Library Associate Professor, University of Vermont

Education: BA, Bryn Mawr College, 1983; MLS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985

Donna’s focus is on the education of university and hospital clinicians, researchers, and students, and on extending the UVM Dana Medical Library’s virtual services. Specific projects include assessment of the needs of user groups, development and evaluation of new workshops, creation of a unified library education program, website usability studies, and the evaluation of new online information access and use tools for use by students and faculty. Donna oversees public health students’ final course related to presentation of their culminating project.

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Betty Rambur, DNSC 

Professor of Nursing and Health Policy, UVM College of Medicine and UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Education: BS, University of Mary, 1978; MS, Rush University, 1988; DNSC, Rush University, 1991

A leader in advocacy of the nurse’s role in contemporary and future society, Dr. Rambur strives to support innovation and build committed communities of inquiry that transcend boundaries of disciplines, institutions, and nations. Her research examines moral distress; eustress and the virtuous organization; organizational culture and workforce; and moral development. Her interests include movement meditation, Buddhism, healer self-development, and self-mastery. In addition, Dr. Rambur has served in numerous leadership positions, including service on the Board of Trustees of the Fletcher Allen Health Care (now the UVM Medical Center) and as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. In 2007-2008, she was selected nationally as one of 38 American Council on Education Fellows, a leadership development program preparing individuals for senior positions in university administration.

Linda L. Roberts, MHS

Education Instructor,Department of Medicine UVM College of Medicine

Education:BS in Nursing, Wayne State University, 1984; MHS in Genetic Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Heath, 2002

Linda Roberts is an epidemiologist with experience in health care delivery, the pharmaceutical and genetic testing industries, community non-profit organizations, and academics. She has research experience in applied genetic epidemiology, clinical trials, biomarkers of inflammation, and the epidemiology of sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Linda has also been involved in national and international genetics educational initiatives through the American Society of Human Genetics and as co-chair of the Education Working Group’s Human Variome Project, an international consortium of genetics professionals that aims to apply genetic variation data for clinical benefit. Since 2009, she has worked with local community youth coalitions on projects studying and designing interventions for youth alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Since 2007, she has taught research methods to undergraduate students in allied health sciences and epidemiologic methods to nursing and medical students at the University of Vermont.

Matthew Thomas, MPH, PhD 

Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine

Education: BA in Biology, Wesleyan University, 1999; MS in Cell Biology, New York University, 2003; MPH in Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2007; PhD in Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2010

Dr. Thomas is an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health specializing in healthcare-associated infections, syndromic surveillance, and emergency preparedness. After completing his doctoral dissertation on human papillomavirus infection in men, he accepted a fellowship with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Thomas will transition to a permanent position within the Vermont Department of Health’s infectious disease section.

William Wargo, Esq.

Education:AB, Columbia College; MSW, Hunter School of Social Work; JD, New York University School of Law

William Wargo served as the Vermont Health Department’s legal counsel for more than 15 years. Before that, he worked as a social worker in New York City, assisting foster children, counseling disabled veterans and initiating a creative writing group for them, providing individual and family counseling to recovering drug addicts, working with Bowery alcoholics and beginning a softball league for them, and providing emergency therapeutic services for people in crisis. As a lawyer, he has managed two legal services offices (one providing services to low-income people on New York City’s Lower East Side and the other providing services to prisoners) and served as the Winooski city attorney for 10 years. He has taught law for about 20 years at St. Michael’s College and also has taught courses on many subjects, including constitutional law, Shakespeare, sociology, and Vermont history, at Community College of Vermont.

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