Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE) - Staff Listing

Sandra Larson
State Epidemiologist

Sandi Larson is the Nevada State Epidemiologist since 2016. Sandi has worked with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health since 2008 and has served as the Manager of the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE), HIV/STD/TB and Hepatitis C programs, as well as Behavioral Surveillance.

Sandi holds a Bachelor's (2006) and Master's (2008) degrees in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Sandi has also served as the President of the Nevada Public Health Association (2016).

Melissa Peek-Bullock
State Epidemiologist
Melissa Peek-Bullock is the Nevada State Epidemiologist since August 2016. She graduated from Robert McQueen High School and then went on to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Ecology. Melissa is currently in the Masters of Public Health Program at UNR.

Melissa served as a public health investigator for the Washoe County Health District for five years and then went on to serve as an epidemiologist for six years prior to accepting the State Epidemiologist position.

Melissa lives in Reno with her husband and two sons.
Ihsan Azzam
State Medical Epidemiologist
Dr. Ihsan Azzam oversees public health surveillance, epidemiology and disease control activities. He advises state and local health authorities, healthcare providers and community-based organizations, and provides professional education, guidelines, clinical updates and recommendations to prevent, control and contain disease outbreaks. Dr. Azzam represents Nevada on state and national forums, advisory bodies, and academic institutions, and he coordinates investigations and surveillance activities among state, local and federal agencies.

Dr. Azzam earned his medical degree from Cluj University of Medicine in Romania in 1982 and completed his OBGYN residency in 1986. He also holds a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography from the University of Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a CDC Chronic Disease Epidemiology Certificate from the Penn State College of Medicine. At the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Azzam completed his MPH in 2002 and PhD in 2010. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 National Sheppard Award for Excellence in Epidemiology.
Last Updated: 3/1/2018