Who We Are

The Mesothelioma Center has a multidisciplinary team of experts who have spent years researching mesothelioma, asbestos-related diseases and other relevant topics. These experts are an invaluable source of information on the latest breakthroughs in mesothelioma treatments and clinical trials, asbestos litigation, veterans outreach, nutrition and more.

  • Karen Selby, RN
    Registered Nurse and Patient Advocate
    Karen Selby has more than two decades of experience helping mesothelioma patients in and out of the operating room.

    For information on:

    • Mesothelioma
    • Treatment
    • Cancer pain management
  • Sean Marchese is a registered nurse with a background in respiratory and thoracic oncology clinical trials.

    For information on:

    • Clinical trials
    • Immunotherapy
    • COVID-19
  • Michelle Whitmer
    Asbestos Expert & Writer
    As our resident asbestos expert, Michelle Whitmer has researched the dangers of asbestos for more than 12 years.

    For information on:

    • Asbestos products
    • Talc and talcum powder
    • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Daniel King
    Asbestos Expert & Writer
    Daniel King is well-versed in public health policy and science. He’s committed to providing practical health and safety tips for those at risk of asbestos exposure.

    For information on:

    • Asbestos abatement
    • Asbestos manufacturers
  • Tim Povtak
    Senior Content Writer
    Tim Povtak is in constant contact with mesothelioma researchers, surgeons and patients, learning what's new in the mesothelioma community.

    For information on:

    • Cancer survivors
  • Aaron Munz
    Director of Veterans Department
    Former U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Munz is a decorated veteran who served nine years in leadership, combat and strategic training in the Army.

    For information on:

    • Veterans with cancer
    • Asbestos in the military
  • Joe Lahav, Esquire
    Lawyer and On-Site Legal Advisor
    Joe Lahav, Esq., is a respected lawyer and legal advisor. He has years of experience with asbestos-related legal issues.

    For information on:

    • Asbestos litigation
    • Asbestos bans and legislation
Professional Contributors
We also have a group of professional contributors who are surgeons, oncologists, nutritionists, mental health professionals and others who may serve as possible sources for journalists.

Press Resources

Asbestos.com has a rich collection of articles, graphics, videos and illustrations that are available for use by the media. We ask that you attribute the information to The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. If possible, please link to Asbestos.com or the relevant web page.

Permission to use our resources is granted on a case-by-case basis. Contact Managing Editor Walter Pacheco for all permissions.

Editorial Guidelines

The editorial mission of Asbestos.com is to bring you the most reliable, trustworthy and accurate information about mesothelioma, asbestos and asbestos-related illnesses. Our goal is to ensure that Asbestos.com is your go-to resource for relevant, high-quality and authoritative information about mesothelioma.