CAPT Julie Gilchrist, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist who spent 20 years in the US Public Health Service in the Injury Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at CDC, she was responsible for research and programs related to child injury prevention and, in her later years, contributed to older adult fall prevention. Dr. Gilchrist is passionate about drowning prevention and water safety promotion. She has done significant epidemiologic research describing risks and disparities in drowning and has worked with national and international organizations to promote water safety. She has published more than 75 articles and 15 chapters/government monographs. These include prominent summaries of drowning risks and prevention strategies in publications for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Praeger Handbook of Black American Health, the Handbook on Drowning - Prevention, Rescue, Treatment, and the upcoming Maxcy-Roseneau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine text (in press). Since retirement, Dr. Gilchrist lives in the lake country east of Atlanta GA with her husband, daughter and dogs. She continues to publish and support non-profits and professional organizations working to promote water safety and drowning prevention. She enjoys swimming, boating, reading, writing, and karate.
William D. Ramos, Ph.D. Residing within the Indiana University School of Public Health –Bloomington as an Associate Professor, Dr. Ramos’ research is focused on examining the impact of both built and natural aquatic environments. In addition, he also engages in aquatic based legal cases in the role of expert consultant and witness. His educational preparation includes a Ph.D. in Leisure Behavior with a minor in Law from Indiana University.
Behind his research is over 30 years of practitioner experience in the field of aquatic management stretching from conventional pools and waterfronts to today’s modern waterparks. His insider exposure to the field of aquatic management has provided the impetus for research questions surrounding issues such as drowning prevention, physical activity, participant perceptions, and recreational water illnesses.
Work on drowning prevention has connected him with projects throughout the United States, as well as several countries within Africa, and most recently Vietnam. Dr. Ramos’ current service contributions to the field include appointments to the board of The ZAC Foundation and American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.
Data / Public Health Surveillance Group Participants
CAPT Julie Gilcrest, MD, FAAP – Co-chair
US Public Health Service (retired)
William (Bill) Ramos – Co-chair
Associate Professor, University of Indiana School of Public Health-Bloomington
Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Senior Data Analyst, National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (NCFRP)
Bureau Medical Director, Arizona Department of Health Services
Tony Gomez, B.S., R.S
Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention, Public Health – Seattle & Dr. Martin Luther King County
Clinical Faculty, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Executive Director of Injury Prevention and Research, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University
Consumer Ombudsman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Deputy Division Manager, National Park Service
District of Columbia
David C. Schwebel, PhD
University Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Coordinator, Houston Trauma Link Coalition
Member, American Academy of Pediatrics - active in drowning prevention policy development and research