Benjamin Gerson, MD, appointed to the National Safety Council Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Dr. Gerson brings his experience and expertise in the drug testing industry to a Committee active in alcohol and drug countermeasure programs.

“I am excited to be a part of this historical Committee and look forward to assisting this group that is at the forefront of examining the effect of alcohol and drugs on the body,” commented Dr. Gerson.

The National Safety Council (NSC) Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAOD) has been active in making recommendations for the control of alcohol and drug impaired driving, including legislation, enforcement, education, chemical testing equipment, training of testing personnel and other aspects of alcohol and drug countermeasures programs since its inception in 1936. The Committee appointed Dr. Benjamin Gerson, a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) who is Board Certified in Toxicology and Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, as its newest member.

“I am excited to be a part of this historical Committee and look forward to assisting this group that is at the forefront of examining the effect of alcohol and drugs on the body,” commented Dr. Gerson. Numerous contributions have been made by individual members of the CAOD, who are individually approved by the Executive Board, such as the development of breath testing devices and methods for blood and urine tests that have been widely used in both commercial and government venues. “We have a lot of toxicologists and lawyers, but only a few physicians, and are pleased to include Dr. Gerson,” stated Dennis. V. Canfield, PhD, Chair of the CAOD and Manager of Bioaeronautical Sciences at the Federal Aviation Administration. “Our main focus is trying to find ways to lower the death rate from the use of prescription medications, an important topic Dr. Gerson has discussed at the NSC Congress in the past, and this will be the main focus of our upcoming presentation at the NSC Congress & Expo in Orlando in October.”

Dr. Gerson’s extensive background includes being a member of and former Chairman of the Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices Panel, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration. Chairman of the AACC/CAP Blind Proficiency Working Group, member of the CAP Toxicology Resource Committee, Chairman of the ASCP Residents' in-service examination, member of the subcommittee on trace metal analysis and also the subcommittee on GC/MS of the NCCLS, and a member of the ASCP's Practice Guidelines Committee. Additionally he is certified by and is a member of the Board of Directors of MROCC, which certifies MROs, is a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners and is certified by the National Board of Addiction Examiners. Dr. Gerson heads the Toxicology Services Group of University Services, a multi-specialty medical services company in Philadelphia, PA, serving as its Chief Medical Director.

About the National Safety Council Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAOD)

The Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs, first known as the Committee on Tests for Intoxication, was established by the National Safety Council in 1936. From that time, the Committee has been active in making recommendations for the control of the drinking and driving problem, including legislation, enforcement, education, chemical testing equipment, training of testing personnel, and other aspects of alcohol countermeasures programs. Its role had been limited to developing recommendations and standards, but its members have been active in assisting in many aspects of programs designed to reduce the drinking and driving problem. In fact, many of the members, past and present, have been directly involved as officials in programs.
There have been numerous contributions by individual members of the Committee, such as the development of breath testing devices and methods for blood and urine tests that have been widely used. These contributions, which include numerous scientific articles and papers on the subject of chemical tests, have added greatly to the total sum of knowledge in this important scientific effort.

About University Services

University Services, a physician owned and operated Pennsylvania Corporation was organized in 1967 as a supplier of multi-specialty medical services. The company’s main activities are related to sleep medicine and toxicology services. The sleep medicine division provides sleep diagnostic and treatment services through American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep centers as well as convenient at-home sleep testing. The toxicology services division designs & implements substance abuse testing programs, provides Medical Review Officer Services, orders and reviews biometric screening data, and reviews chronic pain management drug screens.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Gerson, please call Crystal Bayawa at 800-624-3784 or e-mail Crystal at cbayawa (at) uservices (dot) com.

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