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Shirley Fry

Dr. Shirley Fry, assistant director of the Medical Sciences Division from 1980-1995.

Dr. Shirley Fry was the assistant director of the Medical Sciences Division (MSD) of ORAU from 1980 until she retired in February 1995.

Fry joined the Medical Division’s Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in 1978 as a clinician. She was named director of the Center for Epidemiologic Research (CER) in 1984, after having served as acting director for the program since 1982.

She was appointed the assistant director of MSD in 1990, in which capacity she oversaw the direction of REAC/TS, CER, the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center, the Center for Human Reliability Studies, the cytogenetics program, and the occupational medicine program. She also continued as director of CER until 1991.

Fry is the author or co-author of a number of scientific publications on the acute and long-term health effects of radiation. She has also served on national and international groups interested in these areas, including the Health Physics Society—National Society, the East Tennessee Chapter of the Health Physics Society, the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the American Public Health Association, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the Radiation Research Society. In 1995, Fry received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Association for Women in Science for her lifelong commitment and contributions to science.

Previous to working at ORAU, Fry worked at the Center for Human Radiobiology at Argonne National Laboratory and the American Medical Association in Chicago. She earned her medical degree from the University of Dublin, Ireland, in 1957. In 1984, she received her master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina's Department of Epidemiology.

Fry and her husband, Michael, also a physician and formerly the head of the Carcinogenesis Section of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biology Division, live in Indianapolis.