ETSU COPH receives Pfizer Visiting Professor award

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health has received a competitive Pfizer Visiting Professor award that will bring a Johns Hopkins expert in pulmonary medicine to the campus.

Dr. Gregory Diette, a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University, will be a visiting professor at the ETSU College of Public Health during the 2011 spring semester. Diette’s primary appointment at the Baltimore university is in pulmonary medicine, and he holds joint appointments in epidemiology and environmental health sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

"We’re grateful to Pfizer for selecting our college to receive this prestigious award," said Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the ETSU College of Public Health. “We look forward to Dr. Diette’s arrival, as he will make a positive contribution to our education and research programs. We have already begun a dialogue with Dr. Diette and his colleagues around our shared interests related to indoor air pollution caused by indoor heating and cooking with wood, coal and diesel fuels. While he is here, Dr. Diette will also provide a public lecture as a part of our Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture series."

Diette, a globally recognized expert in the health consequences of indoor air pollution, conducts research at Johns Hopkins focusing on i dentifying factors that cause or provoke asthma. Diette and Wykoff first met when they both participated in the Joint Indo-U.S. Workshop on Environmental Risks of Respiratory Disease in Chandigarh, India.

ETSU and Johns Hopkins are two of only 43 universities in the United States and Puerto Rico with schools of public health that are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Contact: Brad Lifford
June 2, 2010