New York's Top Disease Detective to Assume Leadership of National Organization

Albany - July 3, 2007 - Perry F. Smith, M.D., director of the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Department of Health and State Epidemiologist for New York, was chosen President-Elect of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) at the association's national conference in Atlantic City last week.

Dr. Smith will serve as President-Elect until June 2008, when he assumes the duties of President of the association.

"As New York's top disease detective, Dr. Perry Smith is nationally recognized for his work to reduce illness, injury, and death from preventable causes," said New York State Commissioner of Health Richard F. Daines, M.D. "He will be a great asset to the CSTE in its efforts to strengthen collaboration among federal, state and local health agencies."

CSTE is a national professional association of more than 1,050 epidemiologists, who track, investigate and respond to diseases that threaten the public's health. Members have surveillance and epidemiology expertise in a broad range of areas including infectious diseases, immunization, environmental health, chronic diseases, injury control, and maternal and child health. The organization provides technical advice to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and works to strengthen cross-border coordination among state and local agencies.

Dr. Smith oversees the Department of Health's general communicable disease surveillance and control efforts and has worked extensively in HIV/AIDS and communicable disease epidemiology.

A member of CSTE for more than 10 years, Smith most recently served as the organization's Secretary-Treasurer. Since 2004 he has chaired the CSTE Public Health Informatics Team, focusing on electronic national disease reporting, laboratory reporting, and establishing national reporting standards.

In addition to his work with the Department of Health, Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the State University of New York in Albany, where he has led epidemiology and AIDS courses and regularly supervises master's and doctoral students. He worked with young epidemiologists from Eastern Europe and collaborated on epidemiologic studies in the Czech Republic and Poland. Previously, he also treated patients at Albany Medical Center's AIDS Treatment Center on a part-time basis.

He received his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He practiced medicine in Kentucky for four years before joining the CDC in 1985 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer stationed in New York State. He completed his preventive medicine residency in 1988 at CDC.

Dr. Smith resides in Delmar.