United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Barrett N. Fountos

Barrett N. (Barry) Fountos has over 33 years of public and private sector experience in occupational and environmental epidemiology.  Mr. Fountos received his Bachelor's degree in Biology, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University and his Master's degree in Preventive Medicine from the Ohio State University, where he majored in epidemiology and minored in biostatistics.  Since 2002, Mr. Fountos has managed the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Russian Health Studies Program, which assesses worker and public health risks from exposure to radiation during the production of nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union.  National and international standard-setting organizations use cancer risk estimates computed from epidemiological and historical dose reconstruction studies to revise radiation protection standards.  Previously, he managed radiation health effects research programs in Belarus and Ukraine (Chernobyl) and in Spain (Palomares).  Prior to joining DOE’s Office of Domestic and International Health Studies, Mr. Fountos served as an epidemiologist in DOE's Office of Epidemiologic Studies where he facilitated researcher access to site-specific data needed for conducting health studies at DOE former nuclear weapons facilities.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Fountos developed health regulations at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers from exposure to toxic substances and at the Environmental Protection Agency to test existing products for adverse health effects.  His work also includes designing a historical prospective morbidity study of former residents of a Superfund site in Puerto Rico.  Mr. Fountos is a Member of the American Public Health Association and a Plenary Member of the Health Physics Society.

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