Profile: Ric Skinner

Ric Skinner, Chief Innovator and Spatialist, The Stoneybrook Group, Sturbridge, MA, USA. Ric established this consulting service early in 2008, to provide expertise to hospital, healthcare and emergency preparedness organizations, especially as those services might benefit from GIS technologies.

Ric Skinner has 35 years experience in environmental management assessment and in applying GIS in environmental, health, and hospital related areas. In his prior position with Tighe Bond, Ric was responsible for a professional staff of 10 GIS practitioners, whose job was to serve clients for municipal GIS services in the field of health care and emergency preparedness. Before that, Ric was with the not-for-profit Baystate Medical Center’s Health Geographics Program, where he was responsible for technical coordination of GIS projects in a variety of application areas, including clinical research, health services, laboratory, logistics, emergency management and hospital-land security, and hazard vulnerability assessment. He was also technical director for commercial GIS application development by the for-profit Baystate Health Geographics company. Before that, Ric was a Senior Research Scientist and GIS Coordinator with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services/Cancer Epidemiology Services from 1999 – 2001. He was responsible for the CED GIS program to support epidemiology research and the NJ State Cancer Registry. He was also the DHSS representative on the Statewide GIS Committee. Ric provided GIS support to the NJ West Nile Virus program in 2000, and in 2001 he provided GIS support for the CDC investigation of their anthrax event at the Hamilton (NJ) Mail Processing Facility. Ric initiated the International Health Geographics Conference and co-chaired the first two conferences (Baltimore – 1998, Washington DC – 2000); co-authored the book Geographic Information Systems Applications in Health; serves on the Editorial Board of the online International Journal of Health Geographics; and has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, presentations and reports in health geographics and environmental assessment. Ric may be contacted at . See also his web site:

Updated: May 2008