Impact of 9/11 Toxins 20 Years Later and the Federal Response: September 9-10, 2021

This event was produced by 911 Health Watch Inc., along with the clinics of the World Trade Center Health Program on the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to discuss the impact of the toxins and the Federal Response and was held at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on September 9th and 10th 2021.

This program brought together health professionals, legal experts, and journalists, as well as responders and survivors of September 11, 2001.

The Thursday morning program highlighted the health effects of toxins at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville crash site and the life-saving medical monitoring and treatment services provided through the WTC Health Program.

The Thursday afternoon program was a discussion about the evolution of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

The Friday program  brought together the 911 community and the journalists who covered their efforts to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010, with reauthorization of the WTC Health Program in 2015 and reauthorization of the VCF in 2019.


Thursday September 9th 9:30 AM

Welcome

Dennis S. Charney, MD
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System

Introduction

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA
Administrator, World Trade Center Health Program
Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Panel Discussion: Health Impacts of 9/11 and the Role of the World Trade Center Health Program

Moderated by Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, Director, Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment, City University of New York, and Board Member, 911 Health Watch

Commander Brittany B. Rizek, MPH, CHES, Deputy Division Director, World Trade Center Health Program, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Michael A. Crane, MD, MPH
Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai

Benjamin J. Luft, MD
Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Stony Brook

Mariama James
World Trade Center Health Program Member

Joan Reibman, MD
Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Environmental Health Center, NYC Health + Hospitals

Jacqueline M. Moline, MD, MSc
Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Northwell

Denise Harrison, MD
Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Carol Robles-Román
World Trade Center Health Program Member

David J. Prezant, MD
Chief Medical Officer for the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY)
Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner for Health Policy Director, FDNY World Trade Center Health Program

Jeffrey K. Low, MD
Clinical Co-Director, FDNY World Trade Center Health Program

Iris G. Udasin, MD
Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Rutgers

John Cochran, MD
Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Program Nationwide Provider Network, Logistics Health Inc.


Thursday September 9th at 2 PM

Panel Discussion: September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), and its Role in the Federal Response to 9/11

Introduction: Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division

Moderated by Jordana (“Jordy”) H. Feldman, Former VCF Deputy Special Master

The Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein
U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York

Kenneth R. Feinberg
Former VCF Special Master

Rupa Bhattacharyya
VCF Special Master

Camille S. Biros
Director of Claims Administration, The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC
Former VCF Deputy Special Master

Stefanie Langsam
VCF Deputy Special Master


Friday, September 10, 2021, 11:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Reflections from the 9/11 Community and Reporters who Covered the Issue

Moderated by Michael Aronson, New York Daily News Editorial Board

Devlin Barrett
Reporter, The Washington Post

Benjamin Chevat
Executive Director, 9/11 Health Watch

John Feal
President and Founder, FealGood Foundation

Kimberly Flynn
Director, 9/11 Environmental Action

Juan Gonzalez
Co-Host of Democracy Now and former Daily News staff columnist

Denis Hughes
Former President, New York State AFL-CIO

Jake Lemonda
President, NYC Fire Officers

Michael McAuliff
Reporter, New York Daily News


Participant bios