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Director, COHIC

Lewis J. Radonovich, M.D.

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Dr. Radonovich is the Director of the national Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control (COHIC) in the U.S. Department of Veterans (VA), Public Health. As the Director, Dr. Radonovich leads the performance of health policy analysis, demonstration projects and highly applied operational research aimed at answering important questions about public health practice and healthcare delivery in the nation's VA medical centers. Projects typically involve the disciplines of infection control, occupational health, industrial hygiene and/or biosafety.

Key projects over the past two years have included, Project BREATHE (Better Respiratory Equipment using Advanced Technologies for Healthcare Employees), an interagency effort of the U.S. federal government, chaired by the Department of Veterans Affairs, that has sought to shepherd one or more new respirators for healthcare workers to the U.S. marketplace; several energy savings and infection control projects that have sought to improve methods of ventilation and infection control while meeting current energy reduction guidelines for VA medical centers; and the Respiratory Protection Effectiveness Clinical Trial (ResPECT), a multi-site study comparing the amount of protection provided to healthcare workers by N95 respirators and surgical masks against influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

Dr. Radonovich is board certified in Internal Medicine and holds appointments in the Colleges of Public Health and Medicine at the University of Florida. He has practiced internal and occupational medicine since 1997 and continues to see patients on a part-time basis. He was formerly a Senior Associate at the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Biodefense Strategies. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and government reports in the field of biosecurity and related disciplines.