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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: July 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 7 - p 860-861
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318182e840
People and Events

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Paul W. Brandt-Rauf, MD, ScD, DrPH, FACP, FACPM, FACOEM, has been named Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His position became effective July 1, 2008. Prior to this appointment, Dr Brandt-Rauf was Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering and Medicine at Columbia University, New York City, where he first joined the faculty in 1985.



Dr Brandt-Rauf earned his MD, ScD, and DrPH degrees from Columbia University. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in occupational medicine and by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been a member of ACOEM since 1985 and was elevated to Fellowship status in 1988. Dr Brandt-Rauf has served the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) as Editor-in-Chief since 1992. He is a member and former chair of ACOEM’s Committee on Ethical Practice in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) and is a member of the Publications Committee. Dr Brandt-Rauf has also served on the CME Administrative Committee and the Business and Labor Educational Committee, among others. He was the recipient of ACOEM’s prestigious Meritorious Service Award in 1999 for his laudable service to the College and received the Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit in 2001 for his significant contributions to OEM. As a member of the New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, an ACOEM component society, Dr Brandt-Rauf served as their President, Vice President, and Secretary.

John R. Balmes, MD, has been appointed by the Governor to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Dr Balmes is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he is Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Director of the Human Exposure Laboratory of the Lung Biology Center. He is also Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Center for Environmental Public Health Tracking.



Dr Balmes received his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and trained in pulmonary medicine completing a Fellowship at Yale. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in pulmonary disease and internal medicine. Dr Balmes has been a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) since 1982. As a member of ACOEM’s component society, the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, Dr Balmes was recognized in 2002 for his achievements in advancing the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine when it named him the 23rd recipient of the Jean Spencer Felton Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing. In 2006, he was the recipient of ACOEM’s Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit for his major academic achievements including his research laboratory, collaborative epidemiological research projects, role on various advisory and editorial committees, and direction of the occupational and environmental division of San Francisco General Hospital. He was also cited for his commitment to the field of occupational lung diseases and his contributions as a major air pollution researcher.

The Florida Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FAOEM), a component society of ACOEM, will meet August 19 at the Orlando World Marriott in Orlando, Fla. ACOEM President Robert R. Orford, MD, will be the featured speaker. For more information or to register, contact Diana McCluskey, FAOEM Executive Director, by telephone: 813/505-9638; or e-mail:

The North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT) will be held September 13–16 with pre-meeting symposiums on September 11 (The Changing Face of the Toxicology Patient) and September 12 (Transportation Toxicology: Planes, Trains and Automobiles). The Congress is sponsored by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers and will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada.

Topics will include: “Stem Cells in Clinical Toxicology”; “Appropriate Use of Antidotes”; “Ethical Dilemmas in Toxicology”; “Environmental Forensics”; “Case Studies in Maternal-Fetal Toxicology”; “Medication Safety”; “Toxic Disease Outbreaks”; “Notable Veterinary Cases”; “Basics of Epidemiology”; and “Risk Assessment.”

For additional information and on-line registration, visit For telephone registration call 800/377-7707, ext. 5252, or 925/828-7100, ext. 5252, for international calls.

The Kentucky Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (KOEMA), an ACOEM component society, will hold a meeting the evening of September 16 at the Galt House in Louisville in conjunction with the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) Annual Meeting on September 15–17, “The Changing Face of Medicine,” at the same location.

The KOEMA meeting will feature Karl Auerbach, MD, speaking on the threat of bioterrorism and the response of the occupational community. The KMA qualifies this CME offering as 1.5 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s)™. For more information, contact Kathleen Ohlmann, KOEMA Executive Secretary; telephone: 502/426-5971; e-mail: For details about the KMA meeting, visit their web site at

The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA) will hold its annual fall Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) on September 18–20. “Making It Work—Tools for Success in Occupational Medicine” will be held at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa in Napa, Calif.

A conference highlight will be the keynote address by Lt. Governor John Garamendi. Other presentations will include: “ACOEM Guidelines: An Evidence-based Approach to Chronic Pain” by Kurt Hegmann, MD; “The Latest Research of Upper Extremity Disorders” by David Rempel, MD; “Does Minor Trauma Cause Serious Low Back Pain Illness?” by Eugene Carragee, MD; “Current Issues in Commercial Driver Medical Evaluations” by Natalie Hartenbaum, MD; as well as “Impact of Chemical Exposure in the Workplace and Environment—Narcotics and Drug Abuse” and “Power Ortho: The Upper Extremity.”

On-line registration is available at The cost is $575 for ACOEM members; $725 for non-members. Additional fees apply for post-graduate sessions, site tours, and other special events. This conference qualifies for up to 22 hours of Category 1 continuing medical education credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.

For more information, contact WOEMA, 575 Market Street, Suite 2125, San Francisco, CA 94105; telephone: 415/927-5736; fax: 415/927-5726; e-mail:; web site:

The Fourth National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) will be held October 21–23, 2008, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, Penn. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is hosting NOIRS 2008 to provide a forum for sharing research about the prevention of work-related traumatic injuries.

The registration fee for the three day symposium consisting of interactive sessions and plenary speakers is $275. For on-line registration or additional information, visit the web site at or e-mail

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