Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Hispanic Officer Advisory Committee


HOAC Chair

HOAC Chair - LCDR Jorge G. Muñiz Ortiz

LCDR Jorge G. Muñiz Ortiz, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.

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HOAC Chair Biography

LCDR Jorge G. Muñiz Ortiz was born in Medellín, Colombia and grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After graduating from Colegio San José in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico in 1998, he attended the University of Dayton, where he graduated with a bachelor in biology in 2002. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicogenetics from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. LCDR Muñiz Ortiz received further training at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2009 to 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and at the North Carolina State University from July 2012 to June 2013 as Postdoctoral Scholar. In his first tour of duty from June 6, 2013 to December 4, 2016, LCDR Muñiz Ortiz served as a toxicologist with the Office of Public Health Science within the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. As a toxicologist with FSIS, Dr. Muñiz Ortiz evaluated the potential risk of dietary exposure to chemical residues through meat and poultry products. Currently, LCDR Muñiz Ortiz is in his second tour of duty as a board certified toxicologist, begun on December 5, 2016 at the Antimicrobial Division of the Office of Pesticide Programs of the EPA, he performs dietary exposure and risk assessment of pesticide chemicals undergoing registration review, reregistration or new registration. He has deployed to Puerto Rico for the federal Zika response and to Florida for the Hurricane Irma response.

LCDR Muñiz Ortiz has been a member of HOAC since 2013, voting member for 4 years, and has held various leadership positions within HOAC (prior to serving as 2018 Chair), including Vice-Chair (2017), Treasurer (2015) and Chair of the Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee (2014-2016).

LCDR Muñiz Ortiz lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, Deb, of 11 years, Paloma, his 5-year-old daughter, and their dog, Princesa.


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