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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: May 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 5 - p 626-628
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181a82f57
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Wayne N. Burton, MD, FACOEM, Medical Executive and Managing Director for JP Morgan Chase, was honored by the National Headache Foundation (NHF) on April 18, 2009, at their 23rd Annual Fundraising Benefit, “City Lights Wondrous Nights,” held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.



Dr Burton became the leading voice to US employers about the prevalence and hidden-cost of migraine headache in the workplace during the 1990s. He was instrumental in initiating headache and migraine programs into the wellness program at Bank One (the forerunner to JPMC) and began sharing his knowledge of productivity associated with migraines to the national and international corporate communities. In 2002, he coauthored the June JOEM article “The Economic Burden of Lost Productivity Due to Migraine Headache: A Specific Worksite Analysis.” This is the first time that the NHF has honored an individual from the employer world.

Dr Burton has been an ACOEM member since 1980 and earned his Fellowship designation in 1984. He served on the ACOEM Board of Directors, as Associate Chair of the Council on External Affairs, and a member of numerous committees including the Committee on Health-related Productivity. He earned his MD from the University of Oregon Medical School and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine. Dr Burton is a member of the Central States Occupational Medical Association, an ACOEM component society, where he also served as President and on their Board of Governors.

Cherryl J. Christensen, DO, MS, FACOEM, has been appointed Corporate Medical Director of the Procter & Gamble Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, and will retain responsibilities for North America Medical for Procter & Gamble. Her current emphasis is on integrating their health and wellness systems for the United States with global reapplication.

Dr Christensen has been an ACOEM member since 1980 and attained Fellowship status in 1986. She has served ACOEM on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Council on International Occupational and Environmental Medicine and of the Section on Medical Center Occupational Health. She chaired the Membership Committee, and was Vice Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Fellows and a member of the House of Delegates. She earned her DO at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine certified in occupational medicine. Dr Christensen is a member of ACOEM's component, Western Ohio Occupational Medical Association, where she held the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Scientific Program Chair.



At the ACOEM annual membership meeting held April 28 in San Diego, Calif, 25 members were elevated to Fellowship. The ceremony took place during the College's 94th American Occupational Health Conference. The following members were recognized for their achievement: Teddi F. Eisen, MD, FACOEM; Ray F. Garman, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Barbara A. Gibson, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Bhupendra K. Gupta, MD, MSPH, FACOEM; Howard C. Lu, MD, MPH, FACOEM; David B. Martin, MD, MPH, FACOEM; D. Burton McCann, MD, FACOEM; Gregory E. McCarthy, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Maria G. Michas, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Scott C. Mirani, MD, FACOEM; Dana B. Mirkin, MD, FACOEM; Ismail Nabeel, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Robert J. Nadig, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Krishna Padiyar, MD, MPH, FACOEM; William B. Perkison, MD, FACOEM; Jennifer E. Rooke, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Ibrahim S. Sadek, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Bruce W. Sherman, MD, FACOEM; Mark Simpson, MB, FACOEM; Janet E. Snoddy, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Jerry E. Strohkorb, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Ralph M. Sutherlin, DO, MPH, FACOEM; Mark C. Taylor, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Amanda C. Trimpey, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Hong Zhang, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM.

Fellow is the highest class of membership within the College. It recognizes physicians who have been engaged in the full-time practice of occupational and environmental medicine and who have exhibited significant leadership in ACOEM—at both the component society and national level. Fellows have also demonstrated their expertise within the specialty by achieving certification in occupational medicine or in another medical specialty by a Board acceptable to the ACOEM Board of Directors. Fellows are eligible to serve as officers and directors of the College. Information on attaining Fellowship is available at or by calling ACOEM at 847/818-1800, ext. 373.

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is holding its 73rd Annual Education Conference (AEC) and Exhibition on June 21–24, 2009. The venue is the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Ga.

Special features of the 2009 AEC and Exhibition include a keynote presentation by Howard Frumkin, MD, Director of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, who will speak on “Sustainability: A Crucial New Role in the Ever Evolving Practice of Environmental Health.”

Sessions focusing on greater roles for environmental health within the areas of sustainability and all-hazards preparedness topics will be presented to cover the latest issues and future directions. Food safety and protection topics will also be targeted, as well as injury prevention and occupational health along with environmental health issues involving institutions and schools. Other topics include indoor air quality, solid waste, water pollution, and emerging pathogens.

For additional information and registration, contact NEHA at 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 1000-N, Denver, CO 80246; telephone: 303/756-9090; e-mail:; web site:

The 27th Annual International Symposium, “Man and His Environment in Health and Disease,” will be held June 25–28, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in North Dallas/Addison, Texas. This event is jointly sponsored by the American Environmental Health Foundation (AEHF) and the University of North Texas Science Center.

The focus is on the nutritional and environmental aspects of cardiovascular disease. The intended audience is medical and osteopathic doctors, dentists, medical students, nurses, nutritionists, and other health professionals interested in the concepts and practice of environmental and or occupational medicine and also toxicology.

For more information or registration, visit the AEHF web site at or call 800/428-2343. Questions may be directed to AEHF at

The Sixth International Conference on Innovations in Exposure Assessment, X2009, will be held August 17–20, 2009, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.

X2009 convenes researchers and practitioners to continue progress in understanding and documenting work-related exposures through the exchange of knowledge and expertise in exposure assessment research and practice related to preventing work-related health effects. This meeting will emphasize the rapidly developing areas of exposure biology, exposure modeling and analysis, biomarkers, sensor and exposure monitor development, and improving integration of exposure assessment into occupational epidemiologic studies.

For additional information and registration, contact Harvard School of Public Health CCPE Dept. A, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115; telephone: 617/384-8692; e-mail:; or visit the conference web site at

The 5th International Conference on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Diseases will be held in Krakow, Poland, on September 27–30, 2009. The venue is the Auditorium Maximum of the Jagellonian University.

The Scientific Committee of Cardiology of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (NIOM) are the sponsors of this conference. The target audience is cardiologists, occupational physicians, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, sociologists, psychologists, and policy makers in occupational health.

For additional information, contact the host, NIOM, 8 Teresy St., 91-348 Lodz, Poland; telephone: +48 42 6314 903; fax: +48 42 656 8331; e-mail:; web site:

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