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Sobel Is ANAHPS President

June 01, 2022

Sobel Is ANAHPS President

Annette L. Sobel, M.D., M.S., FAAFP, FAsMA, FAAN, is the incoming president of the Aerospace Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Society.

Dr. Sobel retired as a Major General in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is currently Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, at Texas Tech School of Health Sciences, and Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech.
   Dr. Sobel’s 30+ years of a civilian and military career have focused on public service, human factors engineering, mitigating the threat of terrorism through weapons of mass destruction (WMD), medical innovations, and education for pre-hospital care, and training. She has worked internationally developing protocols and technology for disaster management and mass casualty response. Specifically, she focused on development of opensource systems for early warning of emerging infectious disease, sentinel surveillance, and big data analytics for health and other informatics systems. She led a number of initiatives across government agencies that innovate new technology and promote deployment of National Security initiatives focusing on Health Security.
   Dr. Sobel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Computer Science from Rutgers University in 1979 and her M.D. from Case Western Reserve in 1983. She did her Family Medicine internship and residency at Duke University. She received a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Medicine/Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University. She also attended Ari Command and General Staff College, Air War College, the NASA Flight Surgeon Course, the U.S. Navy Hyperbaric Medicine course, and the JFK school of Government National Security Program at Harvard University.
   During her military career and a civilian career as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, NM, Dr. Sobel served during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina responses, and worked on a number of forward-leaning partnerships for peace and non-proliferation, including U.S.-led Cooperative Threat Reduction efforts in the former Soviet Union directed at chemical and biological research, development, and production facilities. She led Department of Defense development of public health/counter-WMD initiatives in Thailand, Vietnam, Qatar, and across the CENTCOM (pre-AFRICOM) areas of responsibility for Office of the Secretary of Defense (I&E). She worked with USAID/NGOs in Africa on medical education and training. She is developing an interprofessional pre-hospital care and innovation initiative in Lubbock for medical, nursing, business, and engineering students. She is a former President of the Space Medicine Association and the Aerospace Human Factors Association, recipient of the AsMA Julian E. Ward and AsHFA Henry F. Taylor Awards, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Award for Superior Public Service.