Wiliam A Suk
Director, Superfund Research Program, Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US National Institutes of Health
United States of America
Dr. Suk is Chief, Hazardous Substances Research Branch, and Director, Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program [Superfund Research Program], National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). His primary interest is in the assessment of adverse effects on human health, primarily in vulnerable populations, resulting from exposure to deleterious environmental agents. Aside from a two-year period in which he was the Acting Deputy Director of NIEHS, Dr. Suk has served since its inception as Director of the NIH/NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program, a unique Program fostering interdisciplinary research and training approaches to address the complex problems associated with potentially hazardous environmental exposures, and to develop technologies to reduce these exposures, thereby reducing the burden of disease. Dr. Suk is currently or has been affiliated with a number of organizations and committees, including: member, roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; member, International Advisory Board of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand; co-chaired the World Health Organization Consultation on Scientific Principles and Methodologies for Assessing Health Risks in Children Associated with Chemical Exposures; Chairman, Board of Directors of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health. Dr. Suk has assisted in the conceptualization and implementation of research and training programs in children’s environmental health, exposure biology (the exposome), and in understanding gene-environment interactions, to name but a few. Dr. Suk received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from American University, his Ph.D. in microbiology from the George Washington University Medical School, and his Masters in Public Health in health policy from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been or is on the editorial advisory boards of several international journals; is a member of several scientific societies; and has been a National Science Foundation fellow. Dr. Suk has been honored at the NIH with several NIH Director’s Awards and with numerous NIH Award of Merit for his efforts, and has received the DHHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. He was privileged with receiving the Roy E. Albert Memorial Award for Translational Research in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati; the Child Health Advocacy Award from the Children’s Environmental Health Network; the John P. Wyatt Lecture Award in Environmental Health and Disease from the University of Kentucky; the Adel F. Sarofim Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Championing Research on the Origin, Fate and Health Effects of Combustion Emissions; the Society of Toxicology Founders Award; and the first Chairman’s Award from the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health. Dr. Suk is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, the international society of scholars in environmental and occupational health. Dr. Suk is a Fulbright global scholar.