Akbar Sharip, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Loma Linda University Health

Alison Steinbach, Journalist, Arizona Republic

Alyx Porter, MD, Mayo Clinic

Anne Rorie Gelber, PhD, RN, NP

Anne-Marie Puricelli, M.D., J.D., National Medical Director Transportation, Concentra

Anthony Biascan, MD, MSc, FACOEM, Center of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of San Diego

Carter Lipton, MD

Christina Kwasnica, MD

Chyke A. Doubeni, MBBS, MPH, Mayo Clinic

Cynthia Stonnington, MD, Mayo Clinic

David Bonauto, MD, MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

George Poste, DVM, DSc, PhD, FRC Path, FRS, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative (CASI)

Gerald Poplin, Branch Chief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Javier Cárdenas, MD

Jeff Burgess, MD, MS, MPH, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

John Gulotta, Safety and Wellness Chief, City of Tucson Fire Dept

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, Director, NIOSH

Julie Kenny, OTL, CHT

Kayla Leary, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS







Linda Shiue, MD, Chef and Author, Director of Culinary Medicine, Kaiser Permanente

Linda Shiue is a physician, chef, and founder of a teaching kitchen for patients at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, where she is the first Director of Culinary Medicine. She believes that the best medicine is prevention. Her cooking classes showcase seasonal produce, lavishly flavored with spices and fresh herbs. Her food writing has been published widely and she has been interviewed frequently on television and in print. Her debut cookbook, Spicebox Kitchen: Eat Well and Be Healthy with Globally Inspired, Vegetable-Forward Recipes, will be published on 3/16/21. Dr. Shiue has served as faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford University and serves on the board of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.  She is a graduate of Brown University, San Francisco Cooking School, UCSF, and the kitchen of Michelin-starred restaurant, Mourad, in San Francisco. She also has a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Connect with Dr. Shiue on Twitter and Instagram at @spiceboxtravels, on Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/TheDoctorsSpicebox, and follow her culinary adventures at http://SpiceboxTravels.com.

Lynn B. Gerald, PhD, MSPH, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Mark Greenfield, DO, Kayla Leary, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS, Carter Lipton, MD

Mary Townsend, Dr.PH

Matthew A. Hughes, MD, MPH, MRO, FACOEM, University of Utah

Matthew Heller, DO

Michael Hodgson, MD, MPH, Director, OSHA

Michael W. Berneking, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP, FAASM, Medical Director, Concentra

Misael Cabrera, Director, Arizona Department of Environmental

Misael Cabrera is a leader with over 25 years of experience in both private and public sectors providing organizational and board leadership in the areas of natural resources and environment.

Since 2015, Misael has served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), an agency with 460 staff and budget of over $160M per year. Notably, Misael is leading ADEQ in a journey towards operational excellence. Accomplishments include improved small drinking water system compliance resulting in an additional 600,000 people receiving healthy drinking water; doubling the number of underground storage tank clean-ups completed each year; reducing permitting timeframes by almost 60% and reducing the number of days required to return facilities to compliance by 55%.

Misael also serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA). In the past, Misael has served as Co-chair for Governor Ducey’s Natural Resources Goal Council and as Chair of the Innovation and Productivity Committee (IPC) for the Environmental Council of States. Misael has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, speaks fluent Spanish and a little bit of Italian.

Philip Harber, MD, MPH

Rachel Odes, PhDc, RN

Richard A. Vinroot Jr MD MPH, Vice President-Global Medical Director, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

Robert M. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Robert Orford, MD, CM, MS, MPH, FACP, FACOEM, FAsMA, FACPM, Mayo Clinic

Ronald Gemberling, MD

Rosalie Banasiak MD, FACOEM

Scott Krasner, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Taben Hale, PhD, University of Arizona

Victoria Michalchuk, PhDc, RN, AGPCNP

Will Humble, Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association


Additional Details


The educational mission of the Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA) is to change the way our constituents practice medicine such that the health and well-being of their patients improve.

Specifically, WOEMA seeks to prevent occupational illness and injury and expedite patient recovery time from injury. Our continuing medical education (CME) programs strive to improve our learners’ clinical decision-making skills

in order to improve overall worker health. The WOEMA Board of Directors and the WOEMA Committee on Education believe that CME is the pathway to achieving the Association’s mission. Our intention is to provide CME that is timely, dynamic, engaging, and accessible in order to support and inspire life-long learning.


WOEMA offers a limited number of scholarships to residents interested in attending the conference. Priority is given to WOEMA members. Those awarded scholarships will be requested to assist with speaker introductions and other activities to facilitate the conference. WOEMA invites resident physicians to present posters on occupational and environmental medicine research or projects that have been conducted. For additional details or to indicate your intent to submit a poster, contact [email protected]


Continuing Medical Education (CME) applications are pending. 

QME Credits
WOEMA is accredited by the Administrative Director of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation as a provider of Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) continuing education (provider number 320). WOEMA takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) may accept certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Please check directly with your own licensing and/or certification agency for eligibility of these credits.

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