Bruce S. Anderson

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Bruce S. Anderson, served as Director of the Hawaii State Department of Health from 1999 to 2002, under Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano. As Director, he was responsible for a $450 million annual budget, and more than 3,000 employees.

Prior to becoming Director, Anderson had served as a Deputy Director environmental protection and health services programs at the Hawaii State Department of Health from 1987 to 1999.

A scientist by training, Anderson began his career as State Environmental Epidemiologist in 1981, investigating outbreaks of ciguatera fish poisoning, leptospirosis, pesticide-related illnesses and other environmental health problems.

In 2002, Anderson went to accept a position of Environmental Health Program Director at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

In 2003, Anderson was part of Mayor Jeremy Harris's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting (on Oahu), but resigned when Waimanalo Gulch was taken off the list of recommended sites due to politicing by Todd Apo and his employer Ko Olina, a resort situated not far from Waimanalo Gulch.

On July 18, 2004, Anderson was selected President of the Oceanic Institute.

In 2005, Anderson was selected as a member of the Marine Aquaculture Task Force created to address issues of open-ocean aquaculture. The task force "will look at risks and benefits of aquaculture in the sea and recommend standards that do not harm fish, wildlife or the ecosystems". [1]

Anderson, who was born and raised in Hawaii, received his Masters of Public Health Degree from Yale University, and his doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Hawaii.

External Links

  • Bruce Anderson bio (Oceanic Institute)
  • Dr. Bruce Anderson, President, Oceanic Institute member of Executive Committee (US Marine Shrimp Farming Program)
  • Current landfill site may be best choice THE ISSUE: Waimanalo Gulch would cost the least for annual operations at $653,842 during a 20-year period. (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 12-10-03)
  • Oceanic Institute taps former health director (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7-19-04)
  • Oceanic Institute president to help aquaculture group (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 8-14-05)
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