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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: June 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 6 - p 747-749
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181ab7534
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The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has recognized five physicians and the authors of the paper judged an outstanding Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) article, for their contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). The award ceremony took place in San Diego at the 2009 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), the College’s annual spring meeting, during the Opening Session on April 26. Award winners are as follows:

William S. Knudsen Award. The highest award in OEM, the Knudsen Award was created in 1938 by William Knudsen, then president of General Motors and an advocate for worker health and safety, to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field.

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, was recognized for his leadership as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) from 2002 to July 2008. During his tenure, Dr Howard established the Research to Practice Program and provided access to NIOSH research through electronic communications. He positioned NIOSH as a key partner in the National Nanotechnology Initiative and instituted a NIOSH evaluation program. Dr Howard managed the agency effectively while fostering basic values and basing policy decisions on sound science.

Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Service Award was established in 1945 to recognize an ACOEM member who has provided laudable service to the College.

The 2009 Award was presented to Reynolds B. Brissenden III, MD, FACOEM, of Holland, Mich., for his many years of service to the College, particularly as chair of the Board of Examiners for Fellowship. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors and of the House of Delegates, as well as the Ergonomics Committee, the Committee on Councils, and the Council on International OEM, among others. He will celebrate 40 years of College membership in 2010.

Some of Dr Brissenden’s affiliations over the years included Franciscan Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Anthony Medical Center, and Deere and Company, all in Illinois, and Bronson Hospital of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Dr Brissenden received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1964 and completed the University of Cincinnati’s Mini-Residency in occupational medicine in 1981. A member since 1970, he was elevated to Fellowship in 1986. Dr Brissenden is a member of ACOEM’s Central States component and has served that component as President, Secretary-Treasurer, and member of their Board of Governors.

Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award. Created in 1948, this annual award is presented to recognize an ACOEM member for a specific or unique achievement in the field of OEM.

Allen J. Parmet, MD, FACOEM, in private practice in occupational medicine in Kansas City, Mo., was presented with the Health Achievement Award for identifying a new serious occupational disease— variously termed popcorn packers lung, bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome, diacetyl-induced bronchiolitis obliterans, or flavoring-induced bronchiolitis obliterans. Dr Parmet was responsible for alerting the NIOSH, after he was called in to review health problems experienced by workers in a popcorn factory.

Dr Parmet received his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1976. He became an ACOEM member in 1991 and earned the designation of Fellow in 2008. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in occupational medicine and aerospace medicine. Dr Parmet is a member of the Great Plains College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society. He served as their President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer in the 1990s and is again serving this component as an officer, currently as their President-Elect.

Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit. Created in 1957 and named for a past president of ACOEM and a pioneer in the field of OEM, this award is presented annually to those individuals who have shown distinction in and made significant contributions to OEM. Drs. Elizabeth Genovese and Philip Harber were selected to receive this year’s Kehoe Award.

Elizabeth Genovese, MD, MBA, FACOEM, is Medical Director of IMX Medical Management Services in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. She was chosen for her significant contributions to OEM and her commitment to the principles of evidence-based medicine through her work on the ACOEM Practice Guidelines, specifically as lead author of the Chronic Pain guidelines and as a member of the Spine Panel.

Dr Genovese received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her MBA in health care from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr Genovese became an ACOEM member in 1992 and was elevated to Fellowship in 2006. She is certified by the ABPM in occupational medicine, and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She received the Meritorious Service Award in 2006 for her work as a contributing editor to the 2nd Edition of Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines and editor of its supporting newsletter, APG Insights. She is course director for ACOEM’s Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment Techniques, a member of the Coding and Classification Committee and has served as their Chair, and was a member of the Stay at Work Return to Work Committee, among others. She is a member of the ACOEM component, Pennsylvania OEMS, and has served as their Secretary. Dr Genovese is also faculty for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Occupational Medicine Residency Program and contributing editor to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 6th edition.

Philip Harber, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. He received this year’s Kehoe Award for his significant academic contributions in the area of artificial intelligence/intelligent databases, occupational respiratory epidemiology, health services models, and occupational ergonomics.

Dr Harber received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MPH from Johns Hopkins University. A member of ACOEM since 1980, he was elevated to Fellowship in 1988. He has served ACOEM on the Board of Directors and as chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs and the Committee on Research, and as a member of numerous other committees. He received the College’s Merit in Authorship Award in 1995 for the article “Personal Risk Assessment under the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Decision Analysis Approach” that appeared in the October 1993 issue of JOEM. He is certified in occupational medicine by the ABPM and also certified by ABIM in both pulmonary and internal medicine. Dr Harber is a member of the Western OEMA, an ACOEM component society, and has served that component as President and Chairman of the Board.

Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award. Named in honor of Adolph Kammer, MD, first editor of the College’s peer-reviewed JOEM, this award recognizes outstanding articles published in JOEM.

This year’s recipients were Sakari Suominen, MD, Jussi Vahtera, MD, Katariina Korkeila, MD, Hans Helenius, MSc, Mika Kivimäki, PhD, and Markku Koskenvuo, MD, for their article “Job Strain, Life Events, and Sickness Absence: A Longitudinal Cohort Study in a Random Population Sample” which appeared in the September 2007 issue of JOEM. This article examined job strain and adverse life events and their cooccurrence as predictors of sickness absence.

Effective January 1, 2009, the following members of the ACOEM were certified in the various specialties by the ABPM.

Certified in occupational medicine were:

Muktar H. Aliyu, MD

Shelley A. Arredondo, MD

Lance D. Atkinson, MD

Siva Ayyar, MD

Dan R. Azar, MD

Cynthia K. Ball, DO

Timothy D. Ballard, MD

Nicholas O. Bingham, MD

Jon M. Casbon, MD

Howard K. Chey, MD

Charles D. Clinton, MD

Michael E. Creel, MD

Charles A. Cropper, MD

Scott M. Cummis, MD

Kenton A. Dodd, MD

Alfred C. Emmel, MD

Joseph C. Eshelman, Jr, MD

Edmond F. Feeks, MD

Eileen B. Greenwald, MD

Steven A. Hinitt, MD

Roger S. Hinkson, MD

Kashif Z. Khan, MD

Andrew C. Kim, DO

David W. Kutob, MD

Marc Leffer, MD

Scott D. Leslie, MD

Michael S. Lockheart, MD

Olusola O. Malomo, MD

Philip D. Parks, MD

John Reichle, MD

Brian R. Riley, DO

Rachel Roisman, MD

Lori A. Rolando, MD

Alica Rucekova, MD

Geraldine S. Ruffa, MD

Kaochoy S. Saechao, MD

Richard B. Sauerman, MD

Karen A. Singleton, MD

Julio C. Sotolongo, MD

Margaret E. Spartz, MD

Marlize C. Telles, MD

Bilue A. Thomas, MD

David E. Turner, MD

Allan E. Ward, MD

Certified in public health and general preventive medicine were:

Michael R. Boivin, MD

Theodore R. Brown, DO

Marlene Gubata, MD

Elizabeth Kaiser, MD

Gregory J. Martin, MD

Jude O. Onuoha, MD

Kevin M. Taylor, MD

Robert W. White, MD

Joseph V. Woodring, DO

Certified in aerospace medicine were:

Erik K. Koda, MD

Edgar Rodriguez, MD

As of December 23, 2008, the following ACOEM members were recertified by ABPM in the subspecialty area of medical toxicology:

John G. Benitez, MD

M. Joseph Fedoruk, MD

Michael I. Greenberg, MD

Scott E. Hardy, MD

Daniel L. Sudakin, MD

ABPM offers certification examinations in aerospace medicine, occupational medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine, and the subspecialties of medical toxicology, and undersea and hyperbaric medicine. The 2009 examination will be offered over a 2-week period from October 5 to 9 and October 12 to 16 at Pearson VUE Professional Centers. For more information, contact ABPM at 111 West Jackson Street, Ste 1110, Chicago, IL 60604; telephone: 312/939-2276; e-mail:; web site:

The ACOEM will sponsor five educational offerings in Chicago at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel on July 10 to 12, 2009.

Commercial Driver Medical Examiner. A 1-day educational offering on July 10, this course is for the physician, physician’s assistant, advanced practice nurse, occupational health nurse, or other health care professional responsible for or involved in certifying the 8 million truck and bus drivers on the road who are required to meet interstate federal medical requirements. This activity is designated by ACOEM for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s).

MRO Assistant. Scheduled July 11, this single day course is designed to educate individuals to become qualified assistants to medical review officers (MROs). Participants will learn practical skills that assure the MRO, the employer, and the donor that his or her duties are performed in a consistent and professional manner throughout the entire drug testing process. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s).

Medical Review Officer (MRO) I Fast Track. A 2-day course scheduled July 11 to 12, this activity fully meets the U.S. Department of Transportation’s qualification training requirements for MROs and is designed for physicians and other collection and health care professionals who are familiar with basic substance abuse testing procedures who would like to update or enhance their knowledge of drug testing or perform as an MRO. The course is also appropriate for MROs who seek the required CME hours for initial certification or recertification opportunities from the Medical Review Officer Certification Council. ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s).™

AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment: Mastering the New Sixth Edition. A 2-day offering on July 11 to 12, the Guides course enables participants to master the new Sixth Edition through insightful presentations and active involvement in assessing example workers’ compensation cases. An understanding of both the concepts of the Sixth Edition and how to apply the new process and criteria is the objective. Participants will demonstrate the skills required to assess musculoskeletal, neurological, pain, mental and behavioral, and other impairments by actually performing impairment assessments. This learning experience is the ideal next step for individuals who have had introductory training on the Guides, whether web-based or as a 1-day seminar. ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s).™

Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment Techniques. This course will be conducted from July 11 to 12. The didactic portion will include lectures on general management of work injuries, causality analysis, orthopedic urgencies and emergencies, and the timing and choice of x-ray films in addition to discussing examination and treatment techniques for individual body parts. The workshops will review selected aspects of the physical examination and give an overview of injection techniques. Overall emphasis of this course is placed on those topics that will be the most relevant to everyday practice. ACOEM designates this activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA category 1 credit(s).

For additional course information, call Laura Strange, ACOEM Education Department, at 847/818-1800, ext. 391, or visit the web site at Online registration is available or call 847/818-1800, ext. 374, to register by phone.

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