Commissioner Daines Appoints Dr. Nancy Kim Interim Director, Center for Environmental Health

ALBANY, NY, July 3, 2007 – Nancy K. Kim, Ph.D., a highly respected environmental scientist, has been named Interim Director of the New York State Department of Health's Center for Environmental Health. She succeeds Ronald J. Tramontano, who retired.

The Department is conducting a nationwide search for a permanent director.

The Center for Environmental Health applies scientific, medical, engineering, and public health expertise to identify, understand, prevent, and mitigate risks to human health from New York State's living and working environments.

As Interim Director, Dr. Kim will provide overall executive direction for the department's environmental health programs. She will work closely with regional office staff, county health departments, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Most recently, Dr. Kim served as Director of the Center's Division of Environmental Health Assessment. Previously, she served as Director of the Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment and was a Research Scientist in the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research. She is the author or co-author of numerous research studies on environmental health issues.

Dr. Kim is also an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Albany. She earned a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Northwestern University.

She resides in Valatie, New York.