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Morgellons Study Authors – Summary


There are 15 “authors” listed for the CDC/Kaiser Morgellons report.


3 “authors” are affiliated with Kaiser Permanente whose role 
was clearly limited to allowing the CDC to access the medical 
records databank and patient recruitment. Only one Kaiser 
Permanente “author” is listed as an MD. His function was to 
oversee Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research personnel
involved in patient recruitment efforts.

Joseph V. Selby, MD
Virginia Cantrell, M.S., R.D. (Registered Dietician)

Sarita Motipara


7 “authors” are employees of the CDC.

Michele L. Pearson, MD
Christopher R. Braden, MD
Monica E. Parise, MD
Christopher D. Paddock, MD
Allen W. Hightower (Statistician)

Brian Lewis PhD
Mark L. Eberhard, PhD


2 “authors” are employed by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Michael R. Lewin-Smith MB, BS
Victor F. Kalasinsky PhD

3 “authors” were appointed by the CDC.

Kenneth A. Katz, MD, M.Sc, MSCE (former CDC/EIS)
Felicia C. Goldstein PhD (Emory University in Atlanta)
Arthur Papier MD (private company has ties to the CDC)


Michele L. Pearson, MD
Principal investigator for the CDC.

Title; Medical epidemiologist

Affiliation;

Division of TB Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, 
United States of America.

Specialty; none cited. Publications suggest infection prevention and control.


Joseph V. Selby, MD

Senior person listed for Kaiser Permanente. His role appears to have been limited 
to oversee patient recruitment.

Title; (Former) Director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Affiliation;
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Specialty; none cited.

Note; Dr. Selby left Kaiser Permanente in 2011 after 27 years of employment and 
opened a private practice. His specialty is given as family medicine.


Kenneth A. Katz, MD, M.Sc, MSCE
Investigator appointed by the CDC

Title; none

Affiliation;
HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Branch, Health and Human Services Agency, County of 
San Diego, San Diego, California, United States of America.

Specialty; dermatology, sexually transmitted diseases.

Note; Dr. Katz practices in San Diego, CA. He is/was a CDC Epidemic Intelligence 
Service (EIS) Officer.


Virginia Cantrell, M.S., R.D. (Registered Dietician)

Role appears to have been in project management and administration for Kaiser Permanente.

Title; none

Affiliation;

Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, California, United States 
of America.

Specialty; none.

Note; Ms. Cantrell is not currently listed as an employee in the Kaiser Permanente Northern 
California Division of Research.


Christopher R. Braden, MD
CDC Investigator

Title; Medical Epidemiologist

Affiliation;
Division of Food, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

Specialty; Infectious disease


Monica E. Parise, MD
CDC Investigator

Title; Medical officer

Affiliation;

Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, 
Georgia, United States of America.

Specialty; Infectious disease


Christopher D. Paddock, MD
CDC Investigator

Title; Medical officer/Pathologist

Affiliation;
Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Specialty; Infectious Disease Pathology


Michael R. Lewin-Smith MB, BS
CDC Investigator appointed by the CDC

Title; none stated


Affiliation;
Environmental Pathology, Joint Pathology Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America.
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.

Specialty; Cytopathology and Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology



Victor F. Kalasinsky PhD
CDC Investigator appointed by the CDC

Title; Chief, Division of Environmental Toxicology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.

Affiliation;
Office of Research & Development, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, 
District of Columbia, United States of America

Specialty; Environmental toxicology

Note; Has had numerous joint publications with Michael R. Lewin-Smith.



Felicia C. Goldstein PhD
Investigator appointed by the CDC

Title; Associate Professor of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine

Affiliation;
Department of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Specialty; Cognitive disorders


Allen W. Hightower
CDC statistician

Title; Mathematical Statistician

Affiliation;
Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, 
United States of America.


Arthur Papier MD
Investigator appointed by the CDC

Affiliation; Department of Dermatology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York, 
United States of America.

Chief Medical Information Officer at Logical Images

Specialty; Dermatology

Note; Logical Images has an affiliation with the CDC.


Brian Lewis PhD
CDC Investigator

Title; Prog/Planning Spec II Booz-Allen

Listed on CDC employee web page as non-government

Affiliation;
Division of Health Studies, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

Specialty; None cited

Note; ATSDR studies environmental factors in diseases.


Sarita Motipara
Role appears to have been limited to patient recruitment.

Title; Unknown

Specialty; none specified

Affiliation;
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, California, United States of America.


Mark L. Eberhard, PhD
CDC Investigator

Title; Division Director DPD (Division of Parasitic Diseases)

Affiliation;
Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, 
United States of America.

Specialty; Epidemiologic studies





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