NCBDDD Announces New Leadership Positions

February 20, 2013

NCBDDD announced the appointment of two leadership positions in the Office of the Director, NCBDDD. Stephanie Dulin has been hired as the Center’s Deputy Director and Dr. Stuart Shapira has been hired as the Center’s Medical Officer and Associate Director of Science.

Stephanie Dulin
Most recently, Stephanie served a 6-month detail as the acting Deputy Director for the NCBDDD.  Prior to joining NCBDDD on detail, Stephanie was the chief of the Community Resilience Activity Team, Office of the Director, Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In total, she has 25 years of public health programming experience at the local, state and federal levels of government.

Stephanie was the DSNS Program Preparedness Branch (PPB) chief from 2006-2012. In this capacity, she managed 50 staff and an annual budget of $10 million. Under her supervision, the branch was responsible for the development of guidance, tools and the provision of Strategic National Stockpile technical assistance to the 62 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement-funded awardees and more than 450 counties participating in the Cities Readiness Initiative. Stephanie originally joined PPB in 2002 where she first served as a program services consultant and then as a team lead prior to being named branch chief.

Stephanie’s other CDC experience includes serving as a public health advisor assigned to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. In addition to supporting the state’s Well Woman Healthcheck program, Stephanie championed disability awareness among the National Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program as the lead of the Women with Disabilities working group. Stephanie initially joined CDC in 1991 as a public health advisor with the CDC’s National Center for Prevention Services, Division of STD/HIV Prevention, Program Operations Branch as a sexually transmitted disease intervention specialist.

From 1995 to 1998, she held various positions with the State of Florida, Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS. Earlier, Stephanie also served as project director of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Department of OB/GYN, Division of Maternal Health and Family Planning, Serving Pregnant Parenting Adolescent Needs Project.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in rehabilitation sciences and a Master of Business Administration degree in health care management.

Stuart Shapira
Since 2005, Stuart served initially as a Senior Service Fellow and currently as a Medical Officer on the Pediatric Genetics Team in the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. In 2010 he served a 6-month detail as Acting Associate Director for Science for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

Stuart received his PhD degree in Genetics and his MD degree from the University of Chicago. He completed a residency in Pediatrics and a clinical fellowship in Genetics & Metabolism at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also completed dual research fellowships in Genetics & Metabolism and in Allergy & Immunology at Harvard Medical School. Stuart is board-certified in Clinical Genetics, Biochemical Genetics, and Molecular Genetics.

Stuart practiced clinical and metabolic genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, before joining NCBDDD. He serves as chairman of the Clinicians Committee for the National Birth Defects Prevention Study and chairman of the Dysmorphology Workgroup for the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology. He also serves as a Division spokesperson for Center and Division priorities and scientific findings; a metabolic disorders/mitochondrial disease expert for the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Network; CDC liaison to the Committee on Genetics for the American Academy of Pediatrics; and member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Stuart’s research activities include birth defects epidemiology, dysmorphology of autism, gene and nutritional interactions for adverse reproductive outcomes, and newborn screening. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and he has been an invited speaker at numerous regional, national, and international scientific conferences.

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