Sidney Wolfe, M.D.
Founder and Senior Adviser, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Dr. Wolfe founded Public Citizen's Health Research Group in 1971. He is an expert on issues of drug and medical device safety, health care policy, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Medicare and Medicaid, and doctor discipline.
In 1966, Dr. Wolfe began working at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he did research on aspects of blood clotting and on alcoholism. He met Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C., at a meeting of the American Patients Association, began advising Mr. Nader on health problems in America, and helped to recruit medical student volunteers to work for Mr. Nader.
Since 1995, Dr. Wolfe has been an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
His earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his residency training in internal medicine. He is currently a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine. His awards include the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1990.
Michael Carome, M.D.
Director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Editor, Worstpills.org and Worst Pills, Best Pills News
Dr. Carome is an expert on issues of drug and medical device safety, FDA oversight, health care policy, and the protection of human research subjects.
Prior to joining Public Citizen in 2011 as Deputy Director of the Health Research Group, Dr. Carome served as Associate Director for Regulatory Affairs at the Office for Human Research Protections within the Department of Health and Human Services, Staff Nephrologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center's (WRAMC's) Department of Medicine, and Guest Researcher at the Renal Cell Biology Section of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
He earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine and a nephrology fellowship at WARMC. He is currently a fellow in the American College of Physicians.
Azza AbuDagga, M.H.A., Ph.D.
Health Services Research, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Dr. AbuDagga has been researching drug safety at the Health Research Group since 2013. She is an expert in analyzing the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System. She also conducts research studies related to inmates with serious mental illnesses in the criminal justice system and ethics in clinical trials. Additionally, she uses the National Practitioner Data Bank to conduct research on health care professionals' accountability.
Prior to joining Public Citizen, Dr. AbuDagga conducted numerous health research outcomes studies for drugs related to the respiratory system, oral blood thinners, and psoriasis during her tenure at WellPoint. She also has conducted various health policy studies funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Agency for Health Research and Quality during her tenure at LeadingAge and IMPAQ International.
She earned her Ph.D. in health policy and administration from Pennsylvania State University, her Master of Health Administration from Ohio State University, and her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Islamic University of Gaza.
Sammy Almashat, M.D., M.P.H.
Health Researcher, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Dr. Almashat is an expert on various aspects of drug and medical device safety and policy, with a focus on the FDA, and on occupational health, primarily related to federal and state OSHA oversight of workplace toxins and physical hazards.
He earned his medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine and his Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Florida and a preventive medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, during which he also spent four months working as a resident at Public Citizen. Prior to joining the Public Citizen staff full-time in 2011, he completed internships at the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Indian Health Service, and the Pew Health Group.
Dima Mazen Qato, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Dr. Qato's research interests focus on access to medicines, polypharmacy, and the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements, particularly in vulnerable populations.
Dr. Qato earned her Pharm.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Qato is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and also has an appointment as a Clinical Pharmacist with the University of Illinois Hospitals and Health System Ambulatory Pharmacy Services. Dr. Qato has practiced as a pharmacist in various community settings and started working as a consultant for Public Citizen in 2014.