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Adam Schwalje | COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Wind Instrumentalists: A Panel Discussion

COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Wind Instrumentalists: A Panel Discussion

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Peter Chin-Hong, MD (University of California – San Francisco)
Henry Hoffman, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Adam Schwalje, MD, DMA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
John Volckens, PhD (Colorado State University)


Peter Chin-Hong, MD (University of California, San Francisco):

Henry Hoffman, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics):
Dr. Henry Hoffman is Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). He graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Iowa with subsequent fellowships in head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. He is Director of the Voice Clinic and is extensively involved in research addressing laryngeal pathophysiology. He is creator and editor of the Iowa Protocols ( and has published over 200 scientific works. His bands, occasionally including bassoon, can be heard throughout southeast Iowa.

Adam Schwalje, MD, DMA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics):
Dr. Adam Schwalje is a resident physician and National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 research fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). In addition to his work as a physician, he holds the DMA in bassoon performance from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the late William Winstead. He studied with Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Adam has played in professional orchestras including full time in the Macau Symphony. He has also been a band teacher and music educator, and is currently the medical liaison for the International Double Reed Society.

John Volckens, PhD (Colorado State University):
Dr. John Volckens is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Energy Development and Health at Colorado State University (CSU). He holds affiliate appointments in Environmental Health, Biomedical Engineering, the Colorado School of Public Health, and the CSU Energy Institute. His research interests involve air quality, low-cost sensors, exposure science, and air pollution-related disease. He is a founding member of the CSU Partnership for Air Quality, Climate, and Health – an organization that seeks to develop practical, science-vetted solutions to intertwined problems of air quality, climate, and health that we face as a society. In March of 2020, his lab at CSU was appointed as the official respirator performance testing center for Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ COVID-19 Response Task Force.

He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont and MS, PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then went on to a Postdoctoral position at the U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. At CSU, he has pioneered the development of several new pollution sensor technologies, which have been deployed for public health research in over 30 different countries and as far away as the International Space Station. He is a co-founder of Access Sensor Technologies, a company started through his research collaborations at Colorado State University. Dr. Volckens is the recipient of the ‘Best Paper’ award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (1999, 2017) and the Journal of Indoor Air (2013). He is a 2018 finalist for the NASA Earth, Space, Air Prize. He has published over 100 manuscripts related to exposure science, aerosol technology, and air pollution-related disease and has been the principal investigator for funded research from the US EPA, NIH, CDC, and NASA.

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong
Peter Chin-Hong is Associate Dean for Regional Campuses. He is a medical educator who specializes in treating infectious diseases, particularly infections that develop in patients who have suppressed immune systems, such as solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients and HIV+ organ transplant recipients. He directs the immunocompromised host infectious diseases program at UCSF. His research focuses on donor derived infections in transplant recipients and molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases in patients with suppressed immune systems.

He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, before completing an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF, where he is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yearlong Inquiry Program in the School of Medicine. He is also an Inquiry Advisor to medical students. He was the inaugural holder of the Academy of Medical Educators Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teaching.

He is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and is course director of the Pathogen and Host Defense course in the School of Medicine, and the Designing Clinical Research course in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha by the UCSF medical students. He is honored to have been the commencement speaker for the UCSF School of Medicine class of 2015. He has received several teaching awards including the UCSF Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009, Essential Core teaching awards from the classes of 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and a Bridges Curriculum Foundations teaching award for the class of 2020. He is interested in curriculum development, workforce development and pipeline programs, mentoring across differences, small group learning and interprofessional education.