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The following FSPH faculty were listed among the most highly cited in the field from 1960 to 2020, according to Elsevier BV, SciTech Strategies, and published in PLOS Biology: Drs. Ronald Andersen, Onyebuchi Arah, Lawrence Ash, Lester Breslow, Timothy Brewer, Ron Brookmeyer, Arthur Cho, Susan Cochran, Roger Detels, Jared Diamond, Daniel Eisenberg, Joann Elmore, Jose Escarce, Susan Ettner, Jonathan Fielding, Patricia Ganz, Gilbert Gee, Sander Greenland, Neal Halfon, Ron Hays, Jody Heymann, Steven Horvath, Derrick Jelliffe, Michael Jerrett, Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Niklas Krause, Mark Litwin, James Macinko, Carol Mangione, Vickie Mays, Karin Michels, Donald Morisky, Jack Needleman, Andre Nel, Thomas Rice, Beate Ritz, Michael Rodriguez, Linda Rosenstock, Robert Schiestl, Teresa Seeman, Judith Siegel, Marc Suchard, Irwin Suffet, Elizabeth Yano, Zuo-Feng Zhang, and Frederick Zimmerman.

Hamid Arabzadeh received the 2021 President’s and Social Responsibility awards from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Dr. Onyebuchi Arah received the 2021 Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology award from the American College of Epidemiology.

Dr. Thomas Belin was recognized with the Gold Eagle Award from Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 Predictive Modeling Team. His work on the Community Partners in Care study was recognized in the journal Psychiatric Services.

Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante was named a senior fellow at FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and served as guest editor of the “Borders, Immigrants & Health” edition of the journal Health Affairs.

Dr. Kristen Choi was named a 2021 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Susan Cochran was honored by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute with the 2022 Impact Award and served as a guest editor of “When Dying Really Counts,” a special edition of the American Journal of Public Health. She also serves as vice-chair of the UC Systemwide Academic Senate and as faculty representative to the Regents.

Dr. Lara Cushing was appointed to the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Presidential Chair in Health Equity at UCLA FSPH, as well as to the Biomonitoring California Scientific Guidance Panel. In addition, her work was recognized with the Best Environmental Justice Paper Award by the North American Chapter of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE).

Dr. Roger Detels delivered the 47th Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture at UCLA FSPH.

Dr. Daniel Eisenberg was named mental health program director at FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Dr. David Eisenman was named to the Standing Committee for the CDC Center for Preparedness and Response, an external advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Jose Escarce was elected to the Council of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Patricia Ganz was elected as a fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy.

Dr. Risha Gidwani was appointed to the National Quality Forum’s Cost and Efficiency Standing Committee.

Dr. Sander Greenland was among the most highly cited researchers in the world in 2021, according to Clarivate Analytics.

Dr. Ron Hays was among the most highly cited researchers in the world in 2021, according to Clarivate Analytics.

Dr. Julia Heck is a co-author of research listed in the National Cancer Institute’s Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program Research Highlights for 2021.

Dr. Steven Horvath was among the most highly cited researchers in the world in 2021, according to Clarivate Analytics.

Dr. Michael Jerrett was among the most highly cited researchers in the world in 2021, according to Clarivate Analytics. He received the 2021 Excellence in Exposure Science Award from the International Society of Exposure Science, and was recognized with a UCLA Faculty of the Year award at the 2021 Green Gala.

Dr. Gerald Kominski is a co-author of work recognized as among the journal Health Affairs’ top 10 studies of 2021.

Dr. Gang Li has been selected the 2022 president-elect for the International Chinese Statistical Association, and was appointed co-editor-in-chief (2022-2024) for the Electronic Journal of Statistics, published by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Bernoulli Society.

Dr. Jingyi Jessica Li was named associate editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and serves on the UCLA Graduate Council Diversity Fellowship Selection Committee, the Queen’s Road Foundation Fellowship Program Selection Committee, the UCLA Society of Hellman Fellows Selection Committee, and the UCLA Committee on Data, Information Technology, and Privacy.

Dr. James Macinko was a co-author of work recognized as among the journal Health Affairs’ top 10 studies of 2021.

Dr. Carol Mangione was named chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and was elected to the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Elizabeth Rose Mayeda’s research was chosen as an “Editor’s Choice” paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Vickie Mays received a Presidential Citation for Science from the American Psychological Association and was honored by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute with the 2022 Impact Award. She served as guest editor of “When Dying Really Counts,” a special edition of the American Journal of Public Health, and was named senior fellow at FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Dr. Matthew Mimiaga was invited to serve on the UCLA Institutional Review Board and the advisory board for UCLA Extension’s behavioral health program. He was recognized with the Uncommon Bruin of the Game Award, UCLA Women’s Basketball, in 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Corrina Moucheraud was recognized as a partner for the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Vaccine Acceptance & Demand Initiative 2021 Social and Behavioral Grants Program and was named an associate director of FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She is a co-author of work recognized as among the journal Health Affairs’ top 10 studies of 2021.

Dr. Roch Nianogo received the 2022 Karen Toffler Charitable Trust’s Toffler Scholar Award.

Dr. Anne Pebley serves as chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Population.

Dr. Ninez Ponce was named to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems, and presented at a Filipino American History Month panel hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In addition, Ponce has served on the technical expert panel for the NIMHD Project on Economic Burden of Health Disparities; as a panelist before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, “Equity Series Panelist, Measuring What We Value: Bridging Gaps in Data and Reporting on Race and Ethnicity”; as a member of the WHO Consortium on Metrics and Evidence for Healthy Ageing (CMEHA); and was named an associate editor for JAMA Health Forum and a member of the editorial board for the journal Health Services Research, effective July 1.

Dr. Anne Rimoin was appointed to the Gordon-Levin Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases and Public Health at UCLA FSPH. She served as keynote speaker on “COVID-19 and Beyond: Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It Starts” at the LABest 2021 conference.

Dr. Beate Ritz was named an ISEE fellow by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and received the 2022 Kenneth Rothman Career Accomplishment Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

Dr. Marc Suchard received the 2021 Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. He was among the most highly cited researchers in the world in 2021, according to Clarivate Analytics.

Dr. Donatello Telesca was elected executive secretary of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

Dr. Paul Torrens received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Partners in Care Foundation.

Dr. May Wang was appointed to Los Angeles County’s Food Equity Roundtable Technical Advisory Team.

Dr. Kenneth Wells’ film and opera “Veteran Journeys” received the Special Jury Courage Award at the 12th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles, and awards in the categories of Docudrama Feature, Social Issues, Excellence in Editing, and Outstanding Excellence: Original Score, from the “Docs Without Borders” International Film Festival. In addition, his work as co-principal investigator for the Community Partners in Care (CPIC) study was recognized in the journal Psychiatric Services.

Dr. Nathan Wong received the 2021 Joseph Stokes III, MD Award for lifetime achievement from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

Dr. Elizabeth Yano led a research team that received the Veterans Affairs Health System Impact Award for its research on sexual harassment.

Dr. Zuo-Feng Zhang delivered the 2022 Saxon Graham Lecture at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Dr. Xi Zhu was appointed to the Paul Torrens Chair in Healthcare Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Dr. Yifang Zhu received the 2021 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the journal Aerosol Science and Technology, published by the American Association for Aerosol Research, and was recognized with a UCLA Faculty of the Year award at the 2021 Green Gala.

Dr. Frederick Zimmerman was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.