Alya Khan, MD
Education Committee Co-Chair
Dr. Khan is the Occupational Medicine Residency Director and Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Irvine. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Khan completed her residency training in Internal Medicine from Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ and a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine from UC Irvine. She also received her Masters in Environmental Toxicology from UC Irvine.
The Education Committee shall provide guidance and information to the President and Board of Directors with reference to the education of the members, the medical profession, and the public on all aspects of occupational health and medicine; shall make recommendations to the Western Occupational Health Conference chairperson as to the content of the annual conference program; and shall make recommendations to the President and Board of Directors as to the educational needs of the membership, including recommendations with regard to conducting educational activities other than the Western Occupational Health Conference. The Committee is charged with offering educational activities, primarily face-to-face meetings (conferences), consisting of a mix of educational methods chosen as most effective based on a review of the science behind health-care improvement. To maintain a continuing assessment of WOEMA’s efforts to address its educational mission, the Education Committee is charged with evaluating all WOEMA’s educational offerings to judge whether a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program has met its objectives of improving physician competence, performance or treatment outcomes. The methods may include, but are not limited to, gathering and reviewing the assessments of the members of the planning group, the members of the Education Committee and members of the conference faculty — all of whom are considered to be informed observers and evaluators — and analyzing the feedback provided by the registrants on the WOEMA evaluation forms and post conference surveys. Since WOEMA recognizes evaluation as an integral part of the planning process and the quality assurance function, the charge to the Committee calls for evaluation activities to occupy a portion of each meeting of a planning group and of the Education Committee.
David Caretto, MD, MPH
Education Committee Co-Chair
Dr. David Caretto received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco. He completed his Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina and his occupational medicine training at Duke University. In his current position, he provides care for workers’ compensation injuries, performs employer health services, and is a consultant to regional employers on matters of workplace health and safety. Additionally, Dr. Caretto contributes to his medical group as a member of the Quality Evaluation and Improvement Committee. He is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Dhillon completed his training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Tyler, Texas and his Masters in Environmental Sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Prior to that he completed Family Medicine training at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, Virginia. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He joined The Permanente Medical Group in 2010 and practices clinical occupational medicine full time. Before that, Dr. Dhillon served on the faculty as an Assistant Professor in Occupational Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He is still involved in precepting Family Medicine residents from local residency programs in Occupational Medicine and is active in local medical societies.
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting and retaining WOEMA members in coordination with WOEMA activities/programs. The Committee Chair will coordinate an annual campaign in conjunction with ACOEM to contact non-renewed members and encourage them to continue membership. In addition, the Committee is responsible for reaching out to new members to welcome them to the organization and to gain their involvement in the organization. The Membership Committee will provide guidance and information to the President and Board of Directors with reference to increasing the value of membership to ensure retention and on methods for recruiting new members to ensure the future viability of the organization.
David McKinney, MD, MPH, AME/QME
Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair
California Occupational Medical Professionals
Dr. David McKinney is a solo practitioner, CEO, and owner of an Occupational Medicine practice in Northern California for 20 years. He is the physician for about 300+ different employers for special interest law-enforcement, fire departments, and aviation medicine. He is a current member of the board of directors of ACOEM, a member of the Utilization Review Task-Force, Secretary of the public Safety Section, and the Co-Chair of the Private Practice section. Dr. McKinney is married with children and grandchildren and enjoys fly fishing – the reason he lives in Northern California.
The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for keeping itself informed from all available sources regarding all legislation at the state level that affects the field of occupational health regarding proposed legislation and regulations in all member states of WOEMA. The Committee is expected to communicate information regarding such legislation and regulatory activities to the President and Board of Directors. Members shall be assigned by the President to represent WOEMA in submission of testimony when governmental agencies or a state legislature request information or testimony from the profession of Occupational Medicine. Members also shall be assigned to testify before governmental agencies or a state legislature whenever regulation or legislation affecting any aspect of the practice of occupational medicine being proposed for adoption or passage. WOEMA may at times employ a lobbyist to support the efforts of this Committee.
The Zenith Insurance Company
Dr. Jill Rosenthal is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at The Zenith Insurance Company, and has been with Zenith since June 2010. Dr. Rosenthal received her B.A. from Duke University where she also earned a certificate in the biopsychosocial approach to health and human development. Dr. Rosenthal received her MD from the University of Illinois. In addition, Dr. Rosenthal earned both a MA and a MPH from the University of Illinois. She is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal has served as a Medical Director for General Motors, Midwest Generation, Evanston-Northwestern Hospital’s Employee Health Department, and two Johnson and Johnson companies, Cordis and Microtyping Solutions. Dr. Rosenthal was the Area Medical Director for Concentra in South Florida where she also acted as the Medical Director and Infection Control Officer for the City of West Palm Beach’s Fire and Police Departments. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She was also appointed by Florida’s Surgeon General to the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation Board of Directors of which she is the Chairperson. Her favorite role, though, is that of mom to her four children
ARC Health and Wellness
Dr. Ross serves as an Occupational Medicine physician for ARC Health and Wellness in Sparks, NV. He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. After training in the Army and earning his MPH from the University of Washington, he served in varied positions such as chief of Preventive Medicine at an Army medical center, Division Preventive Medicine Officer deployed in Iraq, brigade flight surgeon, and state flight surgeon for NV Army National Guard. He retired from the Army in October of 2016 and has continued his career in OEM and Preventive Medicine in his hometown of Reno, NV.
The Newsletter Committee is responsible for ensuring the periodic publication of the WOEMA newsletter. Working with an Associate Editor, the Newsletter Editor shall be responsible for collection of newsletter submissions and editorial review. The Associate Editor shall be considered to be a candidate to assume the role of Secretary/Newsletter Editor at the completion of the Editor’s term.
Paul Kim, MD, MPH
Website Committee Chair
Dr. Kim served at Loma Linda University Health as the Medical Director of Occupational Medicine and for the Workers’ Compensation Center. In addition, he was the Associated Program Director for the occupational medicine residency program at Loma Linda University. Recently, he resigned from Loma Linda University Health to start his own consulting company providing occupational medicine consultations and medical directorship services. He also performs Qualified Medical Evaluations, Agreed Medical Evaluations, Utilization Reviews, and continues clinical work in occupational medicine.
The Website Committee is responsible for maintaining and updating the content and functionality of the WOEMA website to ensure that it remains a usable resource for the membership and properly communicates the value of membership in the organization.
University of California, Davis
Dr. Belafsky is the Director of the Medical Surveillance Program in the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine. She is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and completed her residency at UC Irvine. Dr. Belafsky is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine.
The Resident Scholarship Program Committee is responsible for promoting scholarships for residents to attend the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC). Each year, WOEMA offers a limited number of scholarships for residents to participate at WOHC, and this committee is responsible for selecting the recipients and coordinating efforts to welcome and involve the residents in the organization. Additionally, the Committee coordinates a poster session at WOHC and is responsible for choosing the best submissions to receive monetary awards as determined by the Board of Directors.
Loma Linda University Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Loma Linda, CA
Dr. Sharip is an Associate Professor of the LLU School of Medicine and Director of the LLU OM residency program. He is the current Medical Director for Loma Linda University Occupational Medicine Center. Dr. Sharip is board certified in both Occupational and Environmental Medicine and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
The WOHC Planning Committee is responsible for developing and conducting all aspects of the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC), an Annual Meeting that attracts physicians and other health professionals from across the U.S. and Canada.
Craig F. Conlon, MD, PhD
Ethics Committee Chair
The Permanente Medical Group, Northern California
Dr. Conlon is the Medical Director of Employee Health Services of the Northern California Permanent Medical Group in the Department of Occupational Medicine. He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. His research interests include worker injury prevention and ergonomics. His research on computer-associated musculo-skeletal disorders with UCLA and UC Berkeley, led to a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA in 2008. He is a medical school graduate of Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and completed his residency at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana, CA.
The Ethics Committee is responsible for monitoring WOEMA activities to ensure all members act in support of the principle of transparency, in support of the broad interests of WOEMA and avoid any conflict – financial or otherwise – between their respective individual interests and the interests of WOEMA in any and all activities undertaken by them on behalf of WOEMA. The Committee is responsible for reviewing any potential conflict of interest that is raised and to make a report/recommendation to the President and to the Board of Directors. The Ethics Committee is also responsible for ensuring that Board members are familiar with and adhere to the WOEMA Code of Ethics.
Sonya Meyers, MD, MPH
Economic Affairs Committee Chair
Kaiser San Jose Medical Center
San Jose, CA
Dr. Meyers graduated medical school and completed residency training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine. In 2015, she joined The Permanente Medical Group where she practices clinical occupational medicine. Dr. Meyers is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
The Economic Affairs Committee is responsible for assessing the financial requirements and resources of WOEMA annually, making recommendations to the Western Occupational Health Conference chairperson as to the content of the annual conference program, making recommendations to the President and Board of Directors as to the additional educational needs of the membership, including recommendations with regard to conducting seminars other than the Western Occupational Health Conference to secure the financial viability of the organization and respond to changing economic situations regarding the practice of occupational medicine. The Committee Chair is responsible for conducting an annual financial audit at the WOEMA headquarters.
Scott Levy MD, MPH, FACOEM
Awards Committee Chair
Dr. Levy is Past President of WOEMA and currently serves as Regional Medical Manager for Chevron with responsibilities across Europe, Eurasia, The Middle East and Africa. Dr. Levy is a member of the ACOEM board of directors, Speaker-Elect of the ACOEM House of Delegates, and member of ACOEM fellowship committee as well as several other ACOEM committees. He has served in a variety of capacities throughout the years including Chair of both ACOEM and WOEMA membership committees, co-chair of WOEMA legislative committee, and member of ACOEM internal affairs committee. Prior to his current assignment in London he had served a similar role for Chevron, based in Singapore, with oversight of their Health and Medical operations across the Asia Pacific region.
The Awards Committee is responsible for selecting the recipient from the WOEMA membership for the annual Jean Spencer Felton Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing. The Chair of the Awards Committee presents the award, a plaque, to the recipient at the annual Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC). The Committee is also responsible for selecting the recipient from the WOEMA membership for the annual Rutherford T. Johnstone Memorial Lecture Award for outstanding service in occupational medicine. The Chair of the Awards Committee shall present the award, a plaque and an honorarium, to the recipient at the annual Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC).
Worksite Partners Medical Group Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Blink serves as medical director/consulting physician to nationwide employers, a large case management and provider network, hospitals, and joint labor-management health and retirement programs; staffs and supervises workplace on-site clinics; provides OEM litigation support; and conducts educational outreach to employer, labor and community groups. Dr. Blink is is part of the WOHC Planning Committee.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for presenting the annual slate of officers and directors to the WOEMA membership for the election that is held at the Annual Business Meeting during the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) typically in September.