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Edward V. Ohanian, Ph.D., Director

Health and Ecological Criteria Division (MC: 4304T)

Office of Science and Technology/Office of Water

Phone: (202/566-1117

Fax: (202/566-1140 (Fax)

E-mail: ohanian.edward@epa.gov


Dr. Ohanian is the Director of the Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), in Washington, D.C. The Division is responsible for conducting human and ecological risk assessments as required under both the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act. Recently, he has been appointed the Chairman of the USEPA Risk Assessment Forum. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University Medical Center, and with the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University Medical Center. As the Co-Chairman of the Federal-State Toxicology and Risk Analysis Committee, he has been instrumental in fostering cooperation and consistency regarding improved risk assessment/management methodologies.

Previously, he served as the Acting Director of USEPA Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Assessment at Cincinnati, Ohio. As the Co-Chairman of the EPA Administrator's Risk Characterization Implementation Team, Dr. Ohanian was responsible for the development and implementation of the USEPA risk characterization policy by the Agency's program offices and regions.

Dr. Ohanian received his bachelors in Biological Sciences from Columbia University and his Masters in Physiology from the New York Medical College. His Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences was obtained from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has contributed over 60 articles and chapters to scientific journals and books; and has been a member of editorial boards of scientific journals. Recently, he was the co-editor of the book entitled “Toxicokinetics and Risk Assessment” (Taylor and Francis, October 2006). His professional affiliations have included the Society of Toxicology (appointed member of Committee on Public Communications, 1990-1992; Councilor, Epidemiology Specialty Section, 1998-2000 and Risk Assessment Specialty Section, 2002-2005; President-Elect, Risk Assessment Specialty Section ), the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Society for Risk Analysis, the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (President, 1987-1989) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.