Stephen L. Sugarman, MS, CHP, CHCM
Health Physics Project Manager, REAC/TS
PO Box 117, MS-39
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
EXPERTISE: Applied radiation/contamination control. Integration of health physics into the medical management of radiation incidents.
Certified by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP), Steve Sugarman is the Health Physics Project Manager at the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site where he is responsible for responding to calls for radiation emergency assistance and performing radiation dose assessments as part of medical response. In addition, Sugarman develops educational materials and teaches REAC/TS specialized continuing medical education courses. With more than 22 years of applied health physics experience, his primary focus has been the integration of health physics into the medical management of radiation incidents. In the event of a radiation incident, he performs internal and external dose assessments that help guide a physician's diagnosis and treatment plan.
University of Tennessee, MS, Safety Education and Service, 1997
Tusculum College, BS, Organizational Management, 1992
Roane State Community College, AS, Health Physics, 1989.
CHP, Certified Health Physicist (American Board of Health Physics) – 2008
CHCM, Certified Hazard Control Manager, Master Level (Board of Certified Hazard Control Management) – 2000
NRRPT Registered (National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists) – 1992 (inactive)
CURRENT POSITION: Health Physics Project Manager, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) – January, 1999 to present.
Duties: provide health physics advice and consultation, perform personnel radiation dose assessments (internal/external) for radiation accidents and medical misadministrations of radiopharmaceuticals to help guide medical management, respond to radiological emergencies and calls for assistance, participate in the preparation and presentation of REAC/TS lectures and other speaking assignments, ensure radiological safety of REAC/TS staff during routine operations and deployment conditions, advise management regarding budgetary issues, act as REAC/TS representative at various local/state/federal/international meetings, serve as management representative at corporate meetings as directed by REAC/TS leadership, conduct laboratory exercises, review DOE orders to ensure compliance of REAC/TS activities, participate in and/or act as controller for radiation emergency response exercises, maintain and operate radiation monitoring equipment.
- Health Physicist, Nuclear Fuel Services, Erwin, TN, 1997-99.
- Responsible for the contamination control program for the fuel processing/fabrication facility, HP oversight of the remediation of the on-site burial ground and plutonium building decommissioning, developed the Radworker Training Program.
- Health Physics Contractor, Afftrex/Philotechnics (Nuclear Fuel Services, East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), TOSCA Incinerator Operations), Oak Ridge, TN, 1997.
- Nuclear Fuel Services – See above.
- ETTP – Responsible for HP support of TOSCA Incinerator operations.
- Health Physics/Environmental Manager, G&S Safety Services, Oak Ridge, TN, 1997.
- Responsible for development and delivery of various industrial and radiological training programs, business development, and radiological oversight of off-site operations.
- Training Consultant (Radiological and Industrial Safety), 1996-1997.
- Health Physics Manager, Scientific Ecology Group, Oak Ridge, TN 1988-1996.
- Responsible for operational, budgetary, and personnel management of the Radiation Safety Program (to include regulatory/customer required compliance issues) for the Metal Melt Facility (foundry), Wet Waste Processing Facility, Decontamination and Free Release Facility, and initial operations of the QCEP Facility. 24 person staff consisting of health physics engineers and technicians.
Affiliations and Points of Interest
- Session Co-chair and Speaker, World Health Organization (WHO) Radiation Emergency Medical Planning and Assistance Network (REMPAN) 13th Coordination Meeting (Nagasaki, Japan), 2011
- Guest lecturer: University of Tennessee Graduate School (S572, Graduate Workshop in Safety: Terrorism/Counterterrorism, "Basic Principles of Radiation and Radiation Protection" Professor: Dr. Susan M. Smith), 2009
- Speaker, Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting (San Antonio, TX). Topic: Internal Dose Magnitude Estimation Using Annual Limit on Intake (ALI) Comparisons , 2009
- Key Note Speaker, Southwest Chapter, Texas Health Physics Society. Topic: Rapid Dose Assessment, 2008
- Speaker, REMPAN 12th Coordination Meeting (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2008.
- Invited participant for WHO Health Action in Crises (WHO-HAC) training course, subject matter expert for radiation events, Tunisia, 2008.
- Member of the Population Monitoring Working Group (Published Population Monitoring in Radiation Emergencies: A Guide for State and Local Public Health Planners by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007)
- Consultation on the Development of Stockpiles for Radiation and Chemical Emergencies (Consultancy for World Health Organization, Geneva), 2007
- Speaker, Health Physics Society Midyear Meeting (Knoxville, TN). Topic: Po-210 for Dummies, 2007
- Speaker, South Central Public Health Partnership (Orange Beach, AL), 2005 and 2007. Topic: Basic Health Physics and Emergency Response
- Session Co-Chair, REMPAN 11th Coordination Meeting (Kiev, Ukraine). Developed and delivered table-top exercise (contaminated/irradiated patient management) for meeting attendees, 2006
- Contributor/Reviewer, Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM - www.remm.nlm.gov), Physics/Radiation Safety, 2005
- Chairman of the ORAU ALARA Committee, 2005
- Invited Speaker, Rocky Mountain Nuclear Medicine Technologist Association, 2004. Topic: The Nuclear Medicine Technologist's Roll in Terrorism Response
- Advisor to the Biodosimetry Subgroup of the Radiological/Nuclear Threat Countermeasures Working Group (Department of Homeland Security), 2003
- Reviewer, Health Physics (commonly: The Health Physics Journal), 2001 - present.
- Board of Hazard Control Management, 2000 - present
- Roane State Community College Curriculum Advisory Board (Environmental Health Technology), 1995-2008.
- Health Physics Society, 1993-present
Multiple lectures and course instruction provided to various government and non-government agencies in the area of health physics and integration of health physics concepts into the medical management of radiation events. Agencies include, but are not limited to IAEA, WHO, DOE, DoD, FEMA, CDC, HPS, ACMT, ASTRO, GNYHA, NACCT, South Central Public Health Partnership, and numerous hospitals and health care organizations both domestically and internationally. Course lectures and invited talks provided to foreign audiences in the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Canada, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Ukraine.
• Toohey, R; Bertelli, L; Sugarman, S; Wiley, A; Christensen, D. Dose Coeffecients for Intakes of Radionuclides Via Contaminated Wounds. Health Physics, 100.5 (May, 2011): 508-514.
• Christensen, D; Dainiak, N; Sugarman, S; Golini, W. From the Case Files of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site Radiation Accident Registry – A Near Miss with an Industrial Radiography Device, USA, 2006 – Part 1. Health Physics News, Volume 39, Number 2, 2011.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S. From the Case Files of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site Radiation Accident Registry – Plutonium-238 Internal Contamination Incident, USA, 2000. Health Physics News, Volume 38, Number 11, 2010.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Murdock, B. From the Case Files of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site Radiation Accident Registry - Industrial Irradiator Fatality – Kjeller, Norway, 1982. Health Physics News, Volume 38, Number 10, 2010.
• Sugarman, S; Goans, R; Garrett, S; Livingston, G. The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents. QuickSeries Publishing (pocket guide form) and http://orise.orau.gov/reacts/resources/radiation-accident-management.aspx, 2010.
• Sugarman, S; Toohey, R; Goans, R; Christensen, D; Wiley, A. Rapid Internal Dose Magnitude Estimation in Emergency Situations Using Annual Limits on Intake (ALI) Comparisons. Health Physics, 96.6 (June, 2010): 815-818.
• Christensen, D; Becker, S; Whitcomb, R; Hart, W, Sugarman, S. International Disaster Nursing. Chapter 13, Emergency Management of Radiation Injuries and Illnesses. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
• Sugarman, S. Rapid Internal and External Dose Magnitude Estimation. http://orise.orau.gov/files/reacts/rapid-internal-external-dose-magnitude-estimation.pdf (2010).
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Murdock, B. Medical Management of Criticality Accident Victims: Then and Now Part 3 – Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA 1945 and Tokai-Mura, Japan 1999. Health Physics News, Volume 38, Number 6, 2010.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Jenkins, M. Three Cases of Exposure to a 60Co Radiotherapy Source: Part 2 – Rapid Dose Estimations and Early Medical Management. Health Physics News, Volume 38, Number 2, 2010.
• Sugarman, S; Christensen, D. Three Cases of Exposure to a 60Co Radiotherapy Source: Part 1 – Initial Dose Estimation. Health Physics News, Volume 38, Number 1, 2010.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Hart, M. Internal Contamination with Radioactive Materials – Part 5: Priortization of Medical and Radiological Issues. Health Physics News, Volume 37, Number 4, 2009.
• Sugarman, S; Christensen, D; Murdock, B. Internal Contamination with Radioactive Materials – Part 4: Americium-241 Inhalation – USA, 2003. Health Physics News, Volume 37, Number 3, 2009.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Murdock, B. Internal Contamination with Radioactive Materials – Part 3: Americium-241 Inhalations - 2006. Health Physics News, Volume 37, Number 2, 2009.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Murdock, B. Internal Contamination with Radioactive Materials, Part 2: Radiocesium and the Radiological Accident in Goiania, Brazil, 1987. Health Physics News, Volume 37, Number 1, 2009.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Hart, M; Jenkins, M. Internal Contamination with Radioactive Materials, Part 1: Radiocesium and the Radiological Accident in Goiania, Brazil, 1987. Health Physics News, Volume 36, Number 12, 2008.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Murdock, B. Felonious Use of Radioactive Materials, Part 1. Health Physics News, Volume 36, Number 9, 2008.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Jenkins, M; Murdock, B. Accidents Involving Sealed Sources, Part 5. Health Physics News, Volume 36, Number 8, 2008.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Garrett, AS; Jones, OW; Wiley Jr, A. Toxico-Terrorism – Emergency Response and Clinical Approach to Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Agents. Chapter 52, Diagnosis and Medical Management of Radiation Injuries and Illness. McGraw Hill Medical, 2008.
• Christensen, D; Sugarman, S; Garrett, AS; Jones, OW; Wiley Jr, A. Toxico-Terrorism – Emergency Response and Clinical Approach to Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Agents. Chapter 51, A Practical Basis for Early Management of Radiologically Injured or Ill Patients: Ionizing Radiation Physics and Instrumentation, Radiation Protection, Contamination Control, Dosimetry, and Radiological/Nuclear (R/N) Terrorism. McGraw Hill Medical, 2008.
• Hernon, C; Boyer, EW; Christensen, D; Sugarman, S. Case Files of the University of Massachusetts Fellowship in Medical Toxicology: Three Patients with an Industrial Radiography Source Exposure. Journal of Medical Toxicology, 2006 (http://jmt.pennpress.org/strands/jmt/issueList.htm;jsessionid=3CA63A4D97E98106262BE1E0105B1825)