Five medical professionals now
form the first-ever FMCSA Medical Review Board.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Norman Y. Mineta named the five doctors who will serve on the Medical Review
Board, according to a Department of Transportation press release.
FMCSA is planning updates to
physical qualification regulations of commercial motor vehicle drivers and the
board will provide the necessary science-based guidance to establish realistic
and responsible medical standards.
Each medical professional brings
specialties to support FMCSA’s agenda, according to the release.
The following individuals were
named to the Medical Review Board:
- Dr. Gunnar Andersson, senior
vice president for medical affairs of Rush University Medical Center, and professor and chair of orthopedic surgery;
- Dr. Michael Greenberg,
associate director for medical toxicology at Drexel University College of
Medicine and director of the medical toxicology fellowship program;
- Dr. Kurt Hegmann, director and
associate professor of Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and
Environmental Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the
University of Utah;
- Dr. Barbara Phillips, chair of
the National Sleep Foundation and professor at the University of Kentucky
College of Health in the Department of Preventive Medicine; and
- Dr. Matthew Rizzo, professor
of neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Board members are appointed to a two-year term and are
eligible for reappointment based on FMCSA’s needs at the time. According to the
release, criteria for appointment includes medical expertise in a medical specialty,
an understanding of research methods, knowledge of transportation medical
issues, experience on panels that develop medical standards, a record of
scientific collaboration, professional service and experience developing