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Steven L. Simon, Ph.D.

Dosimetry Unit Head and Staff Scientist

Steven L. Simon, Ph.D.

Steven L. Simon, Ph.D.

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Radiation Epidemiology Branch
Address:NCI Shady Grove
Room 7E442
Phone:240-276-7371
E-mail:ssimon@mail.nih.gov

Biography

Dr. Steven L. Simon is a radiation physicist and Head of the Dosimetry Unit of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB), which provides dose estimation in support of Branch epidemiologic studies and develops exposure assessment methods to improve the science of dosimetry.

Dr. Simon received a B.S. in physics from the University of Texas, an M.S. in radiological physics from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Dallas, and a Ph.D. in radiological health sciences from Colorado State University. Previously, he was on the research faculty at the University of Utah, the academic faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was a medical physicist for the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a senior staff officer at the National Research Council, and director of the Marshall Islands Nationwide Radiological Study. He joined the NCI in 2000.

Dr. Simon is a recognized expert in dose reconstruction methods for epidemiologic studies involving all types and sources of radiation exposure. Within the REB, he leads the dosimetry calculation effort for REB’s study of radiologic technologists, oversees numerous efforts to estimate historical doses to patients and medical staff, and leads studies to quantify exposure and risk from radioactive fallout. Since 2005, he has directed the REB Research Program on Radiological and Nuclear Threats, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Simon has received NIH Merit Awards in 2004, 2009, and 2011 for his research in applications in radiation dosimetry to epidemiological research. In 2010, he received the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Exemplary Service Award for his deployment to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo during the Fukushima nuclear crisis, where he served as a DHHS technical expert in radiation dose and risk.

Dr. Simon has worldwide experience in monitoring nuclear test sites for residual radioactivity (including test sites in the Marshall Islands, Johnston Island, French Polynesia, and Algeria) and at assessing historical radiation doses from nuclear weapons fallout (including Nevada, Kazakhstan, Marshall Islands, and global fallout). He has provided advice over many years to national and international organizations on issues related to environmental contamination from nuclear testing and the related radiation exposures.

Dr. Simon has been a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements for more than 10 years and is currently vice-president of the NCRP’s Program Area on Radiation Measurements and Dosimetry. He has been an Associate Editor of Health Physics for 23 continuous years.

Research Interests

  • Radiation dosimetry and dose reconstruction methods
  • Dose estimation for cohorts exposed to environmental, medical, or occupational radiation
  • Analysis of uncertainty of radiation exposure models
  • Health risks from radiation exposure
  • Doses received from nuclear testing worldwide
  • Radioactivity in man and the environment and quantitative transfer of radioactive materials to organisms

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