Tara O'Toole

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Tara O'Toole

Tara J. O'Toole is an expert on biosecurity and health and safety issues. She is the Director and CEO of the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where she is Professor of Medicine.


O'Toole has a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, an MD from the George Washington University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. She completed internal medicine residency training at Yale and a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.[1]


O’Toole practiced general internal medicine in community health centers in Baltimore from 1984 to 1988, after which she became a Senior Analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where she directed studies of the health impact of pollution resulting from nuclear weapons production, among other projects. She also served as a consultant to industry and government in matters related to occupational and environmental health, worker participation in workplace safety protection, and organizational change. From 1993 to 1997 O’Toole was principal advisor to the Secretary of Energy on environmental protection and on the health and safety in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex and Department of Energy laboratories.[2]

O’Toole was one of the original members of the John Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies and served as its director from 2001 to 2003 when she joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Center for Biosecurity.[3]



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