WOHC 2021 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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

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.

WOHC Session - OEM JEOPARDY

Alison Steinbach, Journalist, Arizona Republic

Alison Steinbach is a reporter for The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. She covered COVID-19 and related health issues for the paper from March 2020 through summer 2021. She previously covered the cities of Mesa and Gilbert and now reports on higher education in Arizona. Prior to working at The Republic, Alison attended Harvard College where she studied social sciences and English. She grew up in Washington, D.C.

WOHC Session - AFTER THE PANDEMIC: WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER NEXT TIME

Alyx Porter, MD, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Porter is a neuro-oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and is an Associate Professor of Neurology. Since her arrival in 2008, she has worked diligently to provide care for patients with tumors and cancers involving the nervous system in addition to patients who have neurologic complications resulting from their systemic cancers. Dr. Porter received her undergraduate education at Spelman College and went on to receive her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in 2003. She completed her internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in Internal Medicine, residency in Neurology, and Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology in 2008. Dr. Porter serves as the Outpatient Practice Chair and Vice Chair of the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and is co-chair of CNS disease group for the Mayo Clinic Enterprise Cancer Center. She is the medical director of the Undergraduate Plummer Scholars Program, an early undergraduate medical pathway programs for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and Science and enjoys teaching Cultural Humility and Cross-Cultural Communication in the Mayo Clinic, Alix School of Medicine, Arizona Campus. Her research interests are aimed at ensuring that patients with brain cancers have the best quality of life as possible. She is the primary investigator on the defining study for the utility of psychostimulants to improve quality of life as well as thinking and memory in patients with glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. Dr. Porter is also co-author of the book, Navigating Life with a Brain Tumor, a resource for patients and families. She and her husband, Dr. Gregory Umphrey have awarded $250,000 in scholarships to medical students through their national non-profit, ElevateMeD, founded in 2019. ElevateMeD is committed to elevating the field of medicine by providing financial support, mentorship and leadership training to future physicians from racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. Dr. Porter was the 2020 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. She was also recently awarded the Anne B. Young Diversity Scholar Award from Massachusetts General Hospital for her work in equity and inclusion and is noted to be a top provider by the Mayo Clinic Office of Patient Experience.

WOHC Session - DIVERSITY AND DISPARITIES IN OEM

Anne Rorie Gelber, PhD, RN, NP

WOHC Session - OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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

Dr. Anne-Marie Puricelli is a Clinical Director of Strategic Accounts and The National Medical Director Transportation for Concentra Medical Centers. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and in legal medicine in 1998. She currently chairs the Concentra Transportation Medical Expert Panel and was a co-developer of the COHRI FMCSA/NRCME Online and Live courses 2013-present (ongoing lecture series).

WOHC Sessions:

DOT MEDICAL EXAMINER CERTIFICATION COURSE

DOT DIFFICULT CASES: CHALLENGES AND PITFALLS

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

Dr. Biascan is an associate physician diplomat at UC San Diego. He recently retired from the U.S. Navy after twenty years of distinguished service as a general medical officer, aviation medicine specialist, and board-certified occupational medicine physician. Dr. Biascan completed his residency training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology, at UC Irvine.

WOHC Session - OEM JEOPARDY

Carter Lipton, MD

WOHC Session - PG UPPER EXTREMITIES/POWER ORTHO

Christina Kwasnica, MD

Dr. Christina Kwasnica is a board certified brain injury medicine specialist who has been the director of rehabilitation services at Barrow Neurological Institute for 21 years.  Her practice serves the needs of patients with severe neurologic disability during their hospitalization and for years after. She was raised in Mesa Arizona and is happy to serve her community.

WOHC Session - WORKSITE VISIT

Chyke A. Doubeni, MBBS, MPH, Mayo Clinic

Chyke A. Doubeni, MD, MPH is a practicing family doctor who is also trained in preventive medicine. He has dedicated his career to innovations in health promotion, clinical care delivery, research, and training generations of clinicians and scientists. Dr. Doubeni is a professor of family medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science with a joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine. He serves as an enterprise leader for health equity at the Mayo Clinic and works to promote health justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion nationally. Dr. Doubeni is the inaugural director of the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, he directs Community Outreach and Engagement for the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is an internationally known researcher and policy expert who has served on many national panels. Dr. Doubeni is a nationally recognized expert on COVID-19 and is one of the lead researchers on the Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities that is funded by the National Institute of Health. He participated as one of over 30,000 research subjects in the clinical trial that led to the use of the Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Doubeni serves on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) since 2017, the foremost guidelines-making body on clinical preventive services. He currently serves as the USPSTF Race and Racism Workgroup Chair to integrate health equity into guidelines. He also authors topics on UpToDate, the leading point-of-care online reference resource. Dr. Doubeni serves as an Associate Editor and Section Editor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the journal Gastroenterology. In 2010, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. president for early career investigators for accomplishments in research, mentoring and community service. He also received the Sadie Gerson Distinguished Scholar Award from the University of Pittsburgh and was previously the Harrison McCrea Dickson, M.D. and Clifford C. Baker, M.D. Presidential Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His research has informed guidelines, policy, and practice on the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and other preventive care services. His work has led to numerous scientific articles in top-tier journals. Dr. Doubeni has helped train many individuals, including overseeing family medicine training programs and leading NIH-funded cancer and resident-investigator training programs. He spearheaded the development of the American Board of Family Medicine Physician Scientist Program pilot to train family medicine residents in research. Dr. Doubeni also directs the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care that is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to advance training in integrated behavioral health models to improve the quality of care for mental health and substance use disorders. The center works with five other Academic Units for Primary Care Training Enhancement in joint endeavors with national stakeholders on health equity, antiracism, and social determinants of health. Dr. Doubeni received his medical training at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria, and became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in England in 1993. He later completed a residency in family medicine at Duke University Medical Center and residency in preventive medicine, earning his M.P.H. at the University of Massachusetts. He is an Arresty Scholar from the Wharton Executive Education Program through the joint Wharton-Deloitte Physician Leadership Academy program.

WOHC Session - DIVERSITY AND DISPARITIES IN OEM

Cynthia Stonnington, MD, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Cynthia Stonnington is Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences (MCCMS), Vice-Chair of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Joy and Wellbeing Taskforce, and Director of Learner Wellbeing, MCCMS, Arizona Campus. She is the previous Chair of Psychiatry & Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, where she remains as an active staff member. She completed medical school at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, in 1986, her residency training in Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center in 1990, and a Clinical Research Fellowship in brain imaging at University College London’s Welcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in 2007. One of her research and clinical interests is in identifying and testing interventions that can help individuals to increase their resiliency in the face of illness or risk for illness, and to develop strategies for healthcare institutions to develop the kind of supportive environment and culture that 21st century medical professionals need to thrive.

WOHC Session - AFTER THE PANDEMIC: WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER NEXT TIME

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

WOHC Session - PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT: EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIRE SERVICE AND THE WASHINGTON STATE FIREFIGHTER INJURY AND ILLNESS REDUCTION INITIATIVE (FIRE)

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

Gerald Poplin, PhD, MS, is an epidemiologist who has been conducting prevention and occupational health research for the last 17 years. He is currently Branch Chief at the CDC/NIOSH Spokane Mining Research Division and helps lead a research program and interdisciplinary team of researchers aimed at developing an integrated health and exposure system for the mine worker population. Dr. Poplin’s research has focused most notably on applying risk management strategies in the prevention of injuries in high-risk occupations. Other research efforts have explored a wide range of applied and interdisciplinary methodologies including experimental and computational design in biomechanics, survey data analyses, clinical and community health, and industrial hygiene, among others.

WOHC Session - PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT: EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIRE SERVICE AND THE WASHINGTON STATE FIREFIGHTER INJURY AND ILLNESS REDUCTION INITIATIVE (FIRE)

Javier Cárdenas, MD

Javier Cárdenas, MD, is a neurologist and the director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center. He is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Cárdenas’ expertise involves concussion, post-concussion syndrome, spinal trauma, and traumatic brain injury. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology; the National Football League Head, Neck and Spine Committee; and the Arizona Governor’s Advisory Council on Spinal and Head Injuries.

Dr. Cárdenas received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and trained in child neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Dr. Cárdenas created the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, which is the nation’s most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment, and education program. He also created Barrow Brainbook, which Arizona high school students must complete to participate in school sports. It is the first mandated online concussion education and testing tool for student athletes in the country.

WOHC Session - WORKSITE VISIT

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

Dr. Jeff Burgess is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Research for the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He received his MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1988, an MS in Toxicology with a Concentration in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Arizona in 1993 and an MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Washington in 1996. Prior to joining the Zuckerman College of Public Health, he worked as an Emergency Medicine physician, Medical Toxicologist and Occupational and Environmental Medicine physician. Dr. Burgess’ translational occupational and environmental health research primarily focuses on evaluation and prevention of injurious occupational and environmental exposures, funded by grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In regards to proactive risk management, he was worked extensively with the mining industry and fire service to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive interventions.

WOHC Session - PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT: EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIRE SERVICE AND THE WASHINGTON STATE FIREFIGHTER INJURY AND ILLNESS REDUCTION INITIATIVE (FIRE)

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

Beginning his career in the fire service in 1988, Captain Gulotta joined Tucson Fire Department (TFD) in 1997. He was promoted to Captain in 2005 and in the 2009, became the first Captain to hold the position of Health and Safety Program Coordinator within TFD. Captain Gulotta has received several awards for his service with TFD, including the title of Firefighter of the Year in 2012 and the Fire Chief’s Award in 2016. Captain Gulotta chairs the Southern Arizona Safety committee. Starting in 2015, Captain Gulotta has represented TFD and collaborated with the University of Arizona in several studies funded by FEMA to examine the link between occupational toxins in firefighters and increased rates of cancer and to develop best practices for cancer prevention. Captain Gulotta also serves as the TFD representative as well as a representative for broader firefighter interests for the Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study, an initial 3-year research project to develop and test a framework among a limited initial set of fire service partners for establishing a long-term firefighter multicenter prospective cohort study focused on addressing our limited understanding of which individual exposures are responsible for cancer in firefighters, how they cause cancer, and the most effective means of reducing exposures.

WOHC Session - PROACTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT: EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIRE SERVICE AND THE WASHINGTON STATE FIREFIGHTER INJURY AND ILLNESS REDUCTION INITIATIVE (FIRE)

Julie Kenny, OTL, CHT

WOHC Session - PG UPPER EXTREMITIES/POWER ORTHO

Kayla Leary, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS

WOHC Session - PG UPPER EXTREMITIES/POWER ORTHO

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

WOHC Session - CULINARY ASPECTS OF HEALTH

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

WOHC Sessions: 

COVID-19 CHALLENGES AND EXPERIENCES AMONG DINÉ FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA (Approved by the Navajo Nation #NNR-16-247)

DIVERSITY AND DISPARITIES IN OEM

Mark A. Greenfield, DO, FAOFAO, FAAOS

Doctor Greenfield is a Board Certified and Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon and has served the Greater Phoenix community since 1993. He practices general orthopaedics with an interest in disorders of the knee and shoulder and has extensive experience and expertise in the management and treatment of work injuries. Dr. Greenfield received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University, he graduated medical school from Kansas City University earning his degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Midwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Greenfield then entered a Fellowship in Sports Medicine for advanced training in treatment of knee and shoulder conditions at the renowned Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in New York City. Dr. Greenfield has published multiple chapters for Orthopaedic Surgery textbooks and numerous scientific journal articles. He has instructed other orthopaedic surgeons in laboratory courses on various surgical techniques. Dr. Greenfield serves as an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery instructing medical and physician assistant students in the evaluation and management of orthopaedic conditions and has lectured on numerous occasions at the local and national level. He has been involved in several research programs. He has been awarded the honor of Fellow by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics. Dr.Greenfield is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Osteopathic Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

WOHC Session - PG UPPER EXTREMITIES/POWER ORTHO

Mary Townsend, Dr.PH

Dr. Mary Townsend is an Independent Spirometry and Epidemiology Consultant for industrial, government, and research clients and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.

She received the 2013 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Award for Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine. She is the lead author of ACOEM's Position Statements on Spirometry in the Occupational Health Setting - 2011 Update and Evaluating Pulmonary Function Change Over Time in the Occupational Setting, and has been an active member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) for over 30 years.

Dr. Townsend is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher of NIOSH-Approved Spirometry and Spirometry Refresher courses. Her goal is to teach not only what the recommendations and requirements are for conducting tests and interpreting results, but also why the recommendations and requirements were developed. She is course director for M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC as well as for the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health.

For more than 30 years, she has taught health professionals how to conduct spirometry tests, designed spirometry quality assurance programs, and provided consulting services for numerous research, industrial, and health care clients. Her clients have included Kimberly Clark, General Motors, Dow Chemical Corporation, BASF, Alcoa, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Library of Congress, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and numerous other industrial clients and government agencies.

WOHC Session - OCCUPATIONAL SPIROMETRY TESTING

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

Dr. Matthew Hughes is Associate Professor (Clinical) at the University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and has participated in the ACOEM Evidence Based Medicine Guidelines as a researcher, author and Co-Editor in Chief since 2008.

WOHC Session - UPDATES IN THE ACOEM EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE GUIDELINES

Matthew Heller, DO

Dr. Matthew Heller is a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist practicing in Phoenix, AZ. He is graduate of Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL in 2015. During his residency, he was awarded The Patrick Murray Academic Achievement Award.

WOHC Session - PG SKILLS TRAINING: OPHTHALMOLOGY - BURNS, TRAUMA, AND MORE!

Michael Hodgson, MD, MPH, Director, OSHA

Dr. Hodgson has an MPH from the University of Pittsburg School of Public Health and a MD from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University. Dr. Hodgson served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Service Officer in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corp, Associate Professor at both the University of Pittsburgh and University of Connecticut Schools of Public Health, and in various high-level positions in NIOSH, the VA and currently at OSHA. He has long-standing experience in occupational and environmental medicine and health, such as, 1) health care occupational health systems design (violence prevention, ergonomics, sharps injury, general safety), 2) buildings and bioaerosols (outbreak investigations, litigation support) and 3) chronic disease and the environment.

WOHC Session - AFTER THE PANDEMIC: WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER NEXT TIME

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

WOHC Sessions:

DOT MEDICAL EXAMINER CERTIFICATION COURSE

DOT DIFFICULT CASES: CHALLENGES AND PITFALLS

Misael Cabrera, Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

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.

WOHC Session - THE REALITIES AND RELEVANCE OF REGULATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Philip Harber, MD, MPH

Dr. Philip Harber is a researcher, consultant, and clinician in both occupational and pulmonary medicine. Dr. Harber’s research interests are in occupational pulmonary medicine, pulmonary epidemiology, respiratory physiology, and respiratory protection. He leads a project examining the unique occupational health aspects of the higher education and research (ERI) industry. He has conducted studies of respiratory morbidity and mortality related to asbestos, beryllium, carbon black, diatomaceous earth, and other agents. He is currently a faculty member at the College of Public Health of the University of Arizona. Previously, he served as professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he was also the chief of the Division of Occupational-Environmental Medicine and director of the occupational medicine residency program. Dr. Harber has served in governmental and professional organizations such as the NIOSH Study Section, American Thoracic Society, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has recently been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of ACOEM. Dr. Harber has served as president of WOEMA and on the board of ACOEM. He may be reached at [email protected]

WOHC Session - PULMONARY/RESPIRATOR TESTING 2025: EMERGING ISSUES

Rachel Odes, PhDc, RN

Rachel Odes is a Registered Nurse with 10 years of experience in the acute psychiatric setting. She recently completed her PhD in nursing at the University of California San Francisco where she focused jointly on health policy and occupational and environmental health. She has served as a consultant to the California Department of Public Health for workplace violence research and was a member of the Joint Commission's review panel for its forthcoming workplace violence prevention standard. Rachel is part of the incoming UCSF-based cohort of the National Clinician Scholars Program, a policy-oriented postdoctoral fellowship. As a postdoctoral scholar, she plans to continue pursuing research that will improve safety in the clinical setting for patients and staff alike.

WOHC Session - OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

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

Richard A. Vinroot, Jr. MD MPH is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He completed his undergraduate degree, as well as a joint MD/MPH, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While attending the UNC Gillings School of Global Health, he completed both Global Health and Public Health Leadership Certificates. Following his time in Chapel Hill, he completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine/Charity Hospital in New Orleans, where he served as Chief Resident. Following training, he immediately moved to Nairobi, Kenya where he served as an HIV/TB Field Physician with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Professionally, he has worked extensively as an emergency room physician in rural, acute access and inner-city emergency rooms, as well as Level 1 Trauma Centers. He has also practiced disaster medicine during both Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian Earthquake. In 2013, he joined the United States Navy and served in both Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. Following several years serving in the military, he practiced international emergency medicine in the Arabian Gulf with both the Johns Hopkins Aramco/International SOS and at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He has held academic appointments at both Case Western University and University of Queensland Schools of Medicine. Lastly, he is credentialed with the Indian Health Service and works clinically on Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Reservation as an emergency medicine physician. Currently, he is serving as Vice President/Global Corporate Medical Director of Freeport-McMoRan, which is a global mining, manufacturing, and oil and gas company and oversees the company’s medical and public health response to the Coronavirus/COVID pandemic.

WOHC Session - HEAT ILLNESS: RISK ASSESSMENT, CLINICAL EVALUATION & TREATMENT

Robert Harrison

Dr. Robert Harrison has been with the California Department of Public Health and on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1984. He established the UCSF Occupational Health Services where he has diagnosed and treated thousands of work and environmental injuries and illnesses. He has designed and implemented numerous medical monitoring programs for workplace exposures, and has consulted widely with employers, health care professionals, and labor organizations on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr. Harrison has led many work and environmental investigations of disease outbreaks. He has served as a technical and scientific consultant to Federal OSHA and CDC/NIOSH and was a member of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. He is currently the Director of the NIOSH-funded Occupational Health Internship Program, and Associate Director of the UCSF Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program. His research interests include the collection and analyses of California and national data on the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr. Harrison has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 40 book chapters/contributed articles/letters to the editor. He is the co-editor of the most recent edition of the textbook Occupational and Environmental Medicine (McGraw-Hill Education, New York, NY, 2014).

WOHC Session - AWARDS/AWARDS LECTURE

Robert M. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM

WOHC Session - WOEMA AND ACOEM PRESIDENTS ADDRESS

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

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WOHC Session - PERSPECTIVES FROM A CAREER IN PREVENTIVE AND OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Rosalie Banasiak MD, FACOEM

Rustin James Reed, PhD, CIH, CSP

Rustin James Reed, Ph.D., CIH, CSP has over six years of experience in industrial hygiene, safety, education, research, and project management. He successfully managed industrial hygiene-related personnel, equipment, budgets, and activities for a $1.4 million federally-funded, research project and has completed advanced training in occupational health and safety, with experience in various industries. Dr. Reed is a professional communicator, with experience crafting many successful grant proposals and manuscripts. He also acts as an advisor and mentor to over 20 students completing thesis and capstone projects, as well as seeking internships and employment.

WOHC Session - HEAT ILLNESS-RELATED STANDARDS AND MEASUREMENTS

Scott Krasner, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Krasner currently runs Krasner Medical Consultants, performing IMEs, impairment evaluations, disability exams, and occupational medicine consultations, continues clinical work in occupational medicine, as well as volunteering as the team physician for one of the local high schools.  His interests include skiing, traveling, and plumbing. He has maintained his teaching position at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and has been a Breath Alcohol Technician Instructor and Certified Medical Review Officer since the drug testing programs were established.

WOHC Session - WOEMA AND ACOEM PRESIDENTS ADDRESS

Taben Hale, PhD, University of Arizona

Dr. Taben M Hale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix and Fellow of the American Heart Association. She completed her PhD (Pharmacology & Toxicology) training at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON Canada.  She then moved on to the Université de Montréal where she pursued a Postdoctoral fellowship. She was recruited to the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix in 2008 as one of the founding faculty in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences where she leads a research program and teaches pharmacology to 1st and 2nd year medical students.

Dr. Hale has had a longstanding interest in the study of hypertension and resultant target organ damage.  Specifically, her research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart association, investigates the mechanisms that underlie the pathological structural remodeling of the heart and vasculature, as well as therapeutic mechanisms to attenuate and reverse these processes. In particular, she studies the mechanisms by which certain antihypertensive agents produce long-term protection against target organ damage. In addition, she is investigating mechanisms by which maternal stressors can produce long-term effects on the cardiovascular health of the offspring.

WOHC Session - WOMEN'S POWER LUNCHEON

Victoria Michalchuk, PhDc, RN, AGPCNP

Victoria Michalchuk is a nursing scholar-practitioner at the forefront of innovating and implementing new practices to expand health, wellness, and sustainability in the workplace. Inspired by years as a personal trainer and passion for nursing science her research is focused on advancing the science of the workplace’s built environments relationship with physical activity and health outcomes in U.S. workers.

WOHC Session - OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Will Humble, Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association

Will Humble is a long-time public health enthusiast and is currently the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA). His 40 years in public health include more than 2 decades at the Arizona Department of Health Services, where he served in various roles including as the Director from 2009 to 2015.  He continues it be involved in health policy in his role as the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association.

He has a BS in Marketing from NAU, a BS in Microbiology from ASU, and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the U of A for engaging partnerships between academic and executive public health. 

Will is a believer in using evidence-based health policy to improve health outcomes and in leading and managing with emotional intelligence.

WOHC Session - AFTER THE PANDEMIC: WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER NEXT TIME

 

Additional Details

OUR MISSION

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.

RESIDENT SCHOLARSHIPS & POSTER SESSION

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 EDUCATION

ACCME Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the Western Occupational & Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA) The ACOEM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 31.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

Nurses
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 Credits™ 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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