David A. Savitz is Vice President for Research at Brown University. He is a senior member of the University’s academic administration and the primary advocate for research. He is responsible for the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), which facilitates grant applications, manages research support and reporting, provides a variety of seed grants, and coordinates intellectual property efforts, including patents, licensing, and business start-ups. He is a member of the President’s cabinet.
He is co-chair, along with the research vice president from the University of Rhode Island, of the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, which assists state leadership in developing programs and policies to build the state’s research and development capacity and to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.
His office provides intellectual property management and commercialization services for Lifespan and Care New England.
He came to the Office of Vice President for Research in September 2013 from Brown’s School of Public Health, where he is Professor of Epidemiology, with a joint appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Alpert Medical School. His epidemiological research has addressed a wide range of many important public health issues including hazards in the workplace, the environmental effects of energy development, childhood obesity, pesticides and breast cancer, pregnancy health risks from environmental exposures, drinking water safety, and ethnicity and birth outcomes.
Dr. Savitz has directed 29 doctoral dissertations and 15 master’s theses. He is the author of nearly 350 papers in professional journals and editor or author of three books on environmental epidemiology. He has served as editor at the American Journal of Epidemiology and as a member of the Epidemiology and Disease Control-1 study section of the National Institutes of Health and currently is an editor at Epidemiology. He was President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and North American Regional Councilor for the International Epidemiological Association. Dr. Savitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.
He came to Brown in 2010 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he had served as the Charles W. Bluhdorn Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine and Director of Disease Prevention and Public Health Institute since 2006. Earlier, he taught and conducted research at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Savitz received his undergraduate training in Psychology at Brandeis University, a Master’s degree in Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University in 1978, and the PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in 1982.