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Speakers' Bureau

Education is one of the greatest keys to change, and WPSR has brought together a diverse group of medical professionals with varied expertise to speak on many of the most pressing regional, national and international issues facing society today and to bring our perspective to a wider audience.

Our Speakers' Bureau consists of dedicated health professionals & members willing to present at grand rounds, meetings, brown bag lunches, schools, churches, or to other communities. We bring a medical perspective to important societal issues such as environmental health, gun violence, nuclear weapons, and nuclear waste (see brief biographies and talk summaries below).

Our current list of topics includes:

  • Peace & Security
    • The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons: The Time is Now
    • Trident Subs: Washington State's Nuclear Stockpile
    • Weaponization of Space
    • Health Effects of War
    • Middle East: The Effects of Occupying & Being Occupied
    • Veteran's Health
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    • Health & Environmental Effects of Nuclear Weapons & Militarism
  • Hanford
    • Environmental & Health Impacts of Hanford Nuclear Reservation
    • Introduction to Bioethics
    • Introduction to the Precautionary Principle
    • Introduction to Toxicology
    • Health Effects of Lead
    • Health Effects of Mercury
    • Health effects of Persistent Bio-accumulative Toxins
    • Hospitals/Health care & products/supplies/materials
    • Health Effects of Transportation
    • Health Effects of Global Warming
    • Safe (Nuclear and Coal Free) Energy
    • Air Quality & Asthma
    • Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    • Effects of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure
  • Environment
  • Our speakers are available to present on the above topics, often complemented by slide shows, video presentations, and written materials. They are available for day and evening appearances. We present an educational, enlightening, thoughtful, and provocative program that can be tailored to different audiences.

    To arrange a speaker, please call 206-547-2630.

WPSR Speakers:

Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND) , has a Ph.D. in toxicology and a member of the WPSR board of directors. Dr. Gilbert’s research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system. His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals was published in 2004 ( He recently started the wiki based web site Toxipedia ( He has a number of talks on the health effects of chemicals such as lead, mercury, and PBDEs, as well as talks on the precautionary principle and basic principles of toxicology.

Dave Hall, MD is a Child and Family Psychiatrist, past president of local and national PSR, and a twenty-plus year activist campaigning for the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction. Nuclear weapons represent the ultimate threat to human and environmental health.

Charlie Weems, MD is a retired and recovering surgeon, WPSR Board member, WPSR representative to the Hanford Citizen Advisory Board, and a ten-year activist campaigning for full cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the largest US Superfund site.

    Drs. Hall and Weems present a 45-minute Powerpoint slide show outlining the medical, public health, and policy implications of the nuclear power industry's claim that nuclear power is a green solution to global warming. In fact nuclear power is far from green when one accounts for the whole fuel cycle from mining to waste management, and continued pursuit of nuclear power economically pre-empts the development of truly green solutions from alternative fuel sources.

Gerri Haynes is a nurse consultant with expertise in palliative care and grief and bereavement.  She is a Board member and past president of WPSR and a National PSR board member.  As an organizer of educational trips to the Middle East, Gerri had led delegations to Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.  She is available to speak on issues concerning Middle East conflicts and peace efforts and refugee challenges.

    If you are interested in Joining our Speakers Bureau, please contact WPSR at or 206-547-2630.