Veterans' Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction (VBDR) Welcomes New Chairman

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Charles H. Roadman II, M.D., former Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force, assumed duties as the Chairman of the VBDR on March 9, 2011.

Charles H. Roadman II, M.D., a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. and Distinguished Professor of Military/Emergency Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, assumed duties as the Chairman of the Veterans’ Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction (VBDR) on March 9, 2011.

Dr. Roadman, who previously served as the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), succeeded retired Vice Adm. James A. Zimble, M.D., to become the second chairman of the VBDR. Roadman sits on the Board of Directors of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc., and Air Force Village. He is a member of various for-profit and non-profit scientific advisory boards.

Roadman retired from the USAF in 1999 as Surgeon General, responsible for healthcare policy, quality of care, resource allocation and oversight of health services to 2.4 million beneficiaries through an integrated healthcare delivery system of 79 treatment facilities worldwide and 48,000 medical personnel. Following his retirement from the USAF, he served as President and CEO of the American Health Care Association in Washington, D.C. from 1999 - 2004. In this capacity, he was responsible for a federation of 47 affiliated associations representing approximately 10,000 non-profit and for-profit nursing facilities, assisted living residences and subacute care centers.

The VBDR is a Federal Advisory Committee which works with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense through the Defense Reduction Agency (DTRA) on issues of importance to the nation’s atomic veterans. Atomic veterans include military and civilians who participated in the 1945-1946 occupation of Hiroshima or Nagasaki, Japan, and in atmospheric nuclear testing sponsored by the U.S. from 1945 - 1962. As part of their charter, the VBDR conducts periodic, random audits of dose reconstructions and decisions on claims for radiogenic diseases and assists the VA and DTRA in communicating information on the mission, procedures, and evidentiary requirements of the Dose Reconstruction Program to veterans.

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No. DTRA 2011-006


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