Occupational Medicine

Blog entry | November 08, 2022
Learn more about NWCOHS funding for DEOHS graduate students in Occupational Hygiene, One Health and Occupational & Environmental Medicine At the marine mammal hospital Sealife Response, Rehab and Research (SR3) in Des Moines, Washington, this fall has been a busy one: the facility has

Blog entry | April 20, 2022
Inna Antonchuk MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Hometown Rivne, Ukraine Future plans Continuing to work as a nurse as well as applying her public health training, perhaps with a government agency “I am very interested in immigrant occupational health but also in public health policy."

Blog entry | March 03, 2022
Apply for the program In the earliest stages of life, our health is particularly vulnerable to environmental contaminants such as particulate matter in air and endocrine disruptors in food, water and household products.

Blog entry | January 20, 2022
Dorian Kenleigh MPH, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Hometown Pittsburgh, PA Future plans Continuing to advocate for workers, such as in the cannabis industry as a medical consultant.

Blog entry | October 20, 2020
Dr. Esi Nkyekyer, OEM Clinic medical director 

Blog entry | February 25, 2020
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Blog entry | June 21, 2019
Sverre Vedal, MD, MSc Joined DEOHS 2004 Proudest achievement "The work I’m most proud of as I look back involves people: mentoring students and caring for patients."

Blog entry | January 04, 2019
“OK, who do we have next?” Dr. Esi Nkyekyer leans forward, listening intently as a medical fellow describes her next patient.

Blog entry | July 03, 2018
Veterinary workers, farm animal handlers, aquaculture workers and others who work closely with animals are at high risk for on-the-job injuries and illnesses. But when those workers need treatment for bites, scratches, kicks, exposure to infectious diseases or other workplace exposures, they currently have nowhere to turn for specialized care.

Blog entry | June 07, 2018
DEOHS graduates are tomorrow's health and safety leaders. We’re celebrating our soon-to-be 2018 graduates with this new video featuring promising research led by our students this year.  

Faculty Member | February 02, 2022
Dr. Luke Mease is the program director for the Preventive Medicine Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. He previously served as Chief of Preventive Medicine at the same location. Dr.

Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Hu is a physician-scientist, board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive (Occupational) Medicine, who most recently served as Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health and Medicine and the Founding Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (2012-2018). Previously, Dr.

Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Board-certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Medical Director of Occupational Health for Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, WA. Specialist in evaluation and treatment of occupational injury and disease, chemically-related illness, Federally-regulated medical exams (DOT, FAA, USCG, Department of Defense, OWCP, Harborworkers and Longshore, Jones Act).

Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Brodkin has had a private practice in Occupational & Environmental Medicine in Seattle since 2003, with a focus on occupational pulmonary disease, with an emphasis on asbestos-related lung diseases. Dr.

Faculty Member | October 01, 2019
Dr. Spector is a physician-scientist with a focus on the prevention and management of adverse health outcomes related to heat exposure in working populations. 

Faculty Member | October 01, 2019
Nancy Simcox, MS, is Assistant Teaching Professor and the Director of the Continuing Education programs for the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.

Faculty Member | October 01, 2019
Coralynn Sack joined the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and the Department of Medicine in 2018. She is a physician-scientist with clinical and research expertise in environmental and occupational lung disease. She received her MD from the University of Buffalo and MPH in epidemiology from the UW.

Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Peter Rabinowitz is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Director of the UW Center for One Health Research.

Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Kaufman is a physician-epidemiologist, board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine.

Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Gary Franklin is a Research Professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Medicine (Neurology), as well as an Adjunct Research Professor in the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Dr.

Student Research Project | July 15, 2022
Aim – The primary aim of this study is to direct future research and guide interventions for the prevention of workplace violence [WPV] in the emergency department [ED] using a multidisciplinary approach and qualitative evidence of perceived facilitators and barriers of WPV.

Student Research Project | July 15, 2022
Objective: This study characterizes determinants of depression and anxiety among U.S. Mariners during the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies areas for intervention on these outcomes.

Student Research Project | July 15, 2022
Introduction: The expansion of the U.S. cannabis industry has created thousands of new jobs in cultivation, processing and distribution. While little is known about occupational hazards in the Cannabis industry, pilot studies suggest an increased risk of respiratory exposures and associated adverse health outcomes, including immunologic sensitization to Cannabis.

Student Research Project | July 15, 2022
Rationale: Approximately 31% of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is caused by vapor, gas, dust and fumes (VGDF). In collaboration with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention Program, we report a new algorithm for surveillance of Occupational COPD.

Student Research Project | June 29, 2022
Objective: Firefighters are exposed to occupational hazards including carcinogens working in states like Washington with laws that provide line-of-duty benefits for certain cancers; however, research on exposure-disease relationships is inconsistent for covered cancers like malignant melanoma (MM).

Student Research Project | June 29, 2022
Background: Adverse health effects of extreme heat in occupational settings are substantial, particularly among outdoor workers who perform physical labor. Core body temperature (CT) is a critical indicator of heat strain. Excessive increase in CT negatively affects physical and cognitive performance and can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Student Research Project | June 29, 2022
This study hypothesized differences would exist in NIHL markers among veterans compared to non-veterans. Methods A data set of 10,000 NHANES records, dating from 2015 to 2016, was obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services website. Records with a complete audiometric exam were examined to exclude subjects with ear disease that would invalidate the audiometric exam.

Student Research Project | October 27, 2020
Decisions made in the energy and natural resources sector can affect public health. This report reviews the characteristics and assesses the effectiveness of health impact assessments (HIAs) conducted in this sector. A total of 30 HIAs conducted in 14 states in the United States were identified using a targeted literature search.

Student Research Project | August 31, 2020
Objectives: Suicide and unintentional deaths related to firearms are a problem in the United States. Findings cited by the National Center for Health Statistics show a 33% increase in the U.S. suicide rate over the past two decades.

Student Research Project | August 26, 2020
Introduction: Exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV) has been associated with increased prevalence of low back pain in occupational settings. Not only does exposure to WBV have a high personal cost for workers who experience chronic pain, but it also has a high impact on the costs of workers’ compensation claims.


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