Dr. Debra Milek is a Occupational Medicine board certified physician. Since July 2012, she has enjoyed an adjunct faculty appointment in DEOHS while holding a primary appointment in General Internal Medicine. She is the Medical Director of both the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Clinic at Harborview and the Harborview Center of Occupational Health Education (COHE). Additionally, she serves as co-Medical Director for the UW Employee Health Clinic, EH&S Campus Preventive Health, and Lead of the Occupational Medicine section of Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center (HIPRC).
Dr. Milek re-established the exposure science collaboration with the OEM clinic at Harborview and is currently working to restore the clinic’s previous status as Labor and Industries’ Chemically Related Illness Center. She has been awarded a SHIP grant for 2015 involving UW Facilities Services custodians in a participatory ergonomics project. Most recently, she has been invited to join the Safe Patient Handling Committee at Harborview which attempts to address the greatest source of WC costs at Harborview and UWMC. She is involved in patient care, resident training, teaching in DEOHS, faculty education, and has input to the WC system of L&I through her role as COHE medical director.
In the next year, Dr. Milek will be involved as the Principle Investigator of the SHIP grant which looks to prevent Facilities Services custodian injuries, the third largest source of UW WC claims, with the goal of generalizing the findings to other custodians at UW and across Washington State. As an occupational medicine clinician seeing HMC employee injuries, she is in a position to influence some policies regarding safe patient handling which would be generalizable to the many health care facilities in the state. It is expected that in 2015 HMC will once again resume its role as the Center for Chemically Related Illness for the workers of Washington state.