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Erik Rifkin, PhD is an environmental scientist who has had over 35 years of experience in characterizing human health and ecological risks from exposure to contaminants in soil, aquatic ecosystems, air and sediments. He has provided assistance and guidance to federal and state regulatory agencies, corporations, NGOs and the public in assessing risks associated with metals and organic pollutants in environmental media. In addition to publishing articles in peer reviewed journals, Dr. Rifkin is a coauthor of the book, The Illusion of Certainty-Health Benefits and Risks, published by Springer in June 2007. His professional activities have underscored the importance of the communication of health risks and benefits to impacted groups.


Andy Lazris, MD is a physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has practiced both primary care Internal Medicine and Geriatrics for the past 25 years, and is the founder and one of five practitioners of a primary care practice in Columbia, MD, Personal Physician Care.   In addition to Internal Medicine board certification, he has a Certified Medical Director (CMD) degree, and is the director of several long term care facilities in Maryland.

Dr. Lazris is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He received a full merit scholarship to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and completed his Internal Medicine training at University of Virginia Hospital.  His most recent book, Curing Medicare (Cornell University Press, 2016) explores geriatric health care, how it is impacted by Medicare, and how to best reform the Medicare system.


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