The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 12, 2010

Board of Health gains new member

Dr. Elizabeth Nilson of Judy Farm Road will join the Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) as a voting member to temporarily fill the remaining term of former town resident Michael Holland. The decision was a joint appointment made by the Board of Selectmen and the BOH on November 9. The term will expire at the end of June 2012.

Nilson moved to Carlisle in April when she joined the Lahey Clinic as a general internist. She is also board-certified in Preventive Medicine. She attended UMass Medical School, and earned an additional degree from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She did her preventative medicine residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she served as an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Medicine. As the mother of two young boys, she has an interest in health issues of children. In a letter to the BOH submitting her name for consideration she states that she is “a strong advocate” of “exercise, good nutrition, and personal safety, like using seatbelts and sun protection.”

The Selectmen and the BOH enjoyed the luxury of choosing between two candidates for the volunteer position as Vallabh Sarma of Elizabeth Ridge Road had also applied for the slot. BOH Chair Jeff Brem noted that the BOH needed people with both medical and engineering credentials. He noted that historically the BOH has been heavily populated by engineers, but that it now had achieved a balance of two engineers (himself and Bill Risso) and two people from the public health side (Mark Caddell and Cathy Galligan). He called Nilson and Sarma both excellent candidates, and said that the board could profit from the addition of either. He summarized Nilson’s credentials as a health professional, and those of Sarma as a retired engineer from Hewlett-Packard. He also mentioned Sarma’s previous position at Digital, and cited his education at Farleigh-Dickinson.

The boards voted to name Nilson to the BOH for the remainder of the term. Brem thanked Sarma for his application. The chair said he would invite Sarma to join the water-quality subcommittee, another spot where Holland had previously served and now left void. ∆

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