Martin named dean of Ohio State University College of Public Health
By Eddy Ball
In August, former NIEHS Associate Director William Martin, M.D., begins a new phase in his career as dean of the Ohio State University College of Public Health, the university announced June 14 in a press release.
During his tenure at NIEHS from 2006 to 2008, Martin served as director of the Office of Translational Research, where he led the Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) study of asthma outcomes in children in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Along with his work with the HEAL study, Martin oversaw technology transfer at NIEHS; helped advance the journal Environmental Health Perspectives; and represented the Institute at several global environmental health forums, such as the U.S.-Japan Gene, Environment, and Disease Panel. Martin also played a part in making the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit a reality in 2007.
Following his tenure at NIEHS, Martin assumed the position of associate director for disease prevention and health promotion at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH. He continued to be instrumental in global environmental health efforts and, with NIEHS Senior Advisor for Public Health John Balbus, M.D., and Fogarty International Center Director Roger Glass, M.D., Ph.D., was an NIH lead on the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves initiative.
For Martin, the new position is sort of a coming home again experience, both geographically and professionally. With his training in pulmonary medicine, Martin always had an eye toward the clinical applications of basic research. Prior to joining NIEHS, he had risen through the ranks to the position of dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Before moving south, he held faculty positions at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and at the Indiana University School of Medicine.