AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
Department Editor: Marianne Dreger
May 2018 JOEM People & Events
On May 2, William G. Buchta, MD, MS, MPH, FACOEM, was installed as president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr Buchta was among eight physicians elected to the ACOEM Board of Directors who took office during ACOEM's annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the 2018 American Occupational Health Conference, in New Orleans.
Dr Buchta is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Logistics Health, Inc., in La Crosse, Wisc. He received his MD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, his MS from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., and his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in occupational medicine and in public health and general preventive medicine. Dr Buchta is also certified as a medical review officer (MRO) and is a FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner. He is a member of the Central States OEMA and has served as president of that component.
Other officers installed were President-Elect, Stephen A. Frangos, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Vice President, Beth A. Baker, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Secretary/Treasurer, Melissa A. Bean, DO, MPH, FACOEM.
Dr Frangos is Regional Medical Manager for North and South America at Chevron Corporation, Houston, Tex. He is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Assistant Clinical Faculty Member at the University of Utah, and Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr Frangos received his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and his MPH from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine. He is also a certified MRO.
Dr Baker is a consultant at State Fund Mutual (SFM) in Bloomington, Minn., and President of Medical and Toxicology Consulting Services, Eden Prairie, Minn. She is staff physician at Specialists in OEM, St. Paul, Minn., and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Baker received her MD and MPH from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr Baker is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is also certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in internal medicine.
Dr Bean is President of M. Bean Consulting, LLC, St. Louis, Mo. She received her DO degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, in Chicago. She received her MPH from Saint Louis University School of Public Health, and her executive MBA from Washington University, both in St. Louis, Mo. Dr Bean is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine. She is also certified by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in family medicine.
Installed as Directors for 2018-2021 were Muktar H. Aliyu, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Michael J. Levine, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Francesca K. Litow, MD, MPH, FACOEM. Installed as Director for 2018-2019, was John W. Burress, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Charles M. Yarborough III, MD, MPH, FACOEM, was installed as Immediate Past President.
Dr Aliyu is Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn. He is also Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and practices at the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic. Dr Aliyu received his MD from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria; his MPH from George Washington University, Washington, DC; and his DrPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr Aliyu is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and in public health and general preventive medicine.
Dr Levine is a selfemployed physician in Williamsburg, Virg. He serves as a contract medical director for several national institutions and companies, and provides clinical and consulting services to local industrial, governmental, transportation, and entertainment clients. Dr Levine received his MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Dentistry, Farmington, Conn., and his MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore. Dr Levine is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine, and by ABIM in internal medicine.
Dr Litow is Chief Medical Officer for Norfolk Southern Corporation in Norfolk, Virg. Dr Litow was Co-Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she has held an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment. Dr Litow received her MD from the University of Maryland Medical School, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore. She is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is a certified MRO.
Dr Burress is Principal, OccMed Consulting and Injury Care, LLC, in Boston, Mass. He is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr Burress received his MD from the University of Kentucky Medical School in Lexington, and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine, and by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) in family medicine.
Dr Yarborough is President of CYHealthAssociates LLC, in Bethesda, Md., Advisor for the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins University, Associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and medical staff member in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine's hospital in Bethesda. He received his MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr Yarborough is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and in medical toxicology. He is also certified by the ABIM in internal medicine.
In addition, the following Board members continue their terms as Directors – for 2016-2019: James W. Butler, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Jill A. Rosenthal, MD, MPH, FACOEM, and for 2017-2020: Robert M. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM; David W. McKinney, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Tanisha K. Taylor, MD, MPH, FACOEM.
Officers of the ACOEM House of Delegates for 2018-2019, were installed during the 103rd session of the House on April 29, during AOHC in New Orleans. New House Officers are: Speaker, Darryl F. Lesoski, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Speaker-elect, Scott C. Levy, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Recorder, Victoria A. Cassano, MD, MPH, FACOEM.
Dr Lesoski is Medical Director for Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich. He received his MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, and his MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor. He is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine. Dr Lesoski is a member of the Michigan OEMA.
Dr Levy is Regional Medical Manager, Asia Pacific Region, for Chevron Corporation. He received his MD from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Plymouth, Montserrat, and his MPH from New York University, New York City. Dr Levy is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine, and by ABIM in internal medicine. He is also a certified MRO. Dr Levy is a member of the Western OEMA.
Dr Cassano is President and CEO of Performance Medicine Consulting, LLC, in Hartford, Conn. She received her MD from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.; her MPH for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her MPhil in human genetics from Columbia University, New York City. Dr Cassano is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is also a certified MRO. She is a member of the New England COEM.
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) presented its annual awards on April 29, 2018, during the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in New Orleans, La. Recognized for their contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) were five physicians and the authors of two outstanding articles published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM).
Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award
The Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award is presented to an individual who has had a distinguished lifetime career in one or more disciplines of occupational medicine, environmental medicine, and/or environmental health. This year, the ACOEM Board has selected two outstanding members to receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, was honored for his more than 30 years of contributions to OEM and ACOEM, including his term as President from 2007- 2008. As a preventive medicine specialist and Professor at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, Dr McLellan's work as an OEM practitioner encompasses the design and deployment of a wide variety of services and environmental interventions to improve the health and safety of the workforce of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. As an educator, his work has spanned the creation of curricula/educational materials, to chairing national conferences, to teaching at international meetings.
Robert R. Orford, MD, MPH, FACOEM, was honored for his contributions to aerospace medicine for more than 47 years. As a member of the History and Archives Section, he is active in preserving the legacies of ACOEM and OEM. And as President of ACOEM from 2008-2009, he was instrumental in promoting government relations activities in the areas of health reform and health and productivity management. He was also an advocate of moving the ACOEM Practice Guidelines to the next level as an electronic publication. Dr. Orford is a Consultant/Former Chair, Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Excellence in Education or Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award
The Excellence in Education or Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award is presented to an individual for significant contributions to academic excellence or research in the disciplines of occupational medicine, environmental medicine, and/or environmental health.
Michael L. Fischman, MD, MPH, FACOEM, was recognized as a renowned educator and researcher in the field of OEM. He has served as a mentor to many present and future OEM physicians. He is co-author of the 2nd and 3rd editions of Chemical Hazards of the Workplace, and author or co-author of numerous book chapters and journal articles. He is also chair of the Advisory Board at the University of California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and member of the Board of the Public Health Alumni Association at the University of California Berkeley. Dr Fischman is a consulting physician in OEM and toxicology and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, where he is attending physician and serves as assistant chief of the division of OEM.
Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award
The Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award recognizes an ACOEM member for a specific, unique achievement in occupational and environmental medicine.
Robert B. Swotinsky, MD, MPH, FACOEM, was recognized for his many achievements and contributions to ACOEM and OEM as a leading expert on workplace drug and alcohol testing. A certified medical review officer (MRO) and FMCSA Medical Examiner, Dr Swotinsky is author and editor of ACOEM's renowned MRO Update newsletter, published since 1994, and author of two books on workplace drug and alcohol testing, one in its 5th edition. He has also served as an instructor for many of ACOEM's MRO courses and for national courses for medical examiners performing DOT exams. Dr Swotinsky is an occupational medicine clinician and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Mass.
Meritorious Service Award
This Meritorious Service Award recognizes an ACOEM member who has provided meritorious service to the College.
T. Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, was honored for his contributions to ACOEM since 1989, serving the College in numerous capacities, including as President from 2011-2012. During his tenure as president, Dr Hudson was instrumental in championing ACOEM's strategic plan – leading to the development of ACOEM's strategic planning goals to enhance the practice of OEM and maintain ACOEM's viability as a medical society. In addition to his service as President, Dr Hudson has also held various leadership roles in ACOEM, as a member of the Board of Directors and numerous committees and councils. His service at the section level includes leadership in the Corporate Medical Director Section. Dr Hudson is Medical Director, Occupational Health, at the University of California Los Angeles Health System in Los Angeles, Calif.
Kammer Merit in Authorship Award
The Kammer Merit in Authorship Award is named for Adolf Kammer, MD, the first editor of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM). This award recognizes the most outstanding article/contribution published in JOEM during a given year. This year, the JOEM Editorial Board has recognized the following two articles for their contributions to the science medical community:
“Measurement Tools for Integrated Worker Health Protection and Promotion: Lessons Learned from the SafeWell Project,” which appeared in the July 2016 issue of JOEM. The paper was authored by Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, (lead author); Deborah L. McLellan, PhD; Michael P. McGrail, MD; Shawn M. Olson, MD; Zeke J. McKinney, MD; Jeffrey N. Katz, MD; Gregory R. Wagner, MD; and Glorian Sorensen, PhD. The authors’ research focuses on the emerging consensus that a more holistic approach to protect and promote worker health and safety is preferred, but in order to demonstrate this consensus, appropriate metrics and measurement tools are necessary. This study presents such measurement tools and shows that their application is feasible, acceptable, and meaningful, and will thus allow and encourage broader adoption of a culture of total worker health.
“Chronic Disease Risks From Exposure to Long-Hour Work Schedules Over a 32-Year Period,” which appeared in the September 2016 issue of JOEM, was authored by Allard E. Dembe, ScD, (lead author), and Xiaoxi Yao, PhD, MPH. This article discusses the theory that working long hours for many years can increase a person's likelihood of contracting chronic diseases later in life. However, existing literature supporting this association is mixed. This study used a large longitudinal database to perform a thorough and rigorous examination of this issue. The authors’ results provide the best evidence yet that regularly working long hours is significantly associated with elevated risks of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes, with larger risks for women than men.
At the opening general session on April 29, 2018, during the College's American Occupational Health Conference in New Orleans, the following ACOEM members were elevated to Fellowship:
Sheri R. Belafsky, MD, MS, FACOEM
Thomas John Bender, MD, PhD, FACOEM
Catherine D. Boomus, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Ralph S. Bovard, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Melissa Cheng, MD, FACOEM
Jerald L. Cook, MD, MS, FACOEM
Christina L. Cusic, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Sheldon Dashefsky, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Derek Gagnon, MD, MS, MRO, FACOEM
Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Steven J. Gaydos, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Bradley William Hickey, MD, PhD, FACOEM
Itua Godson Iriogbe, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Andrew C. Kim, DO, MPH, FACOEM
Pamela L. Krahl, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Rafael Y. Lefkowitz, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Gordon Manin, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Andre L. McShan II, MD, MSPH, FACOEM
Michael L. Murray, DO, MS, FACOEM
Chang Na, MD, FACOEM
David M. O’Brien, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Chinwe Joan Okala, MBBS, MPH, FACOEM
Vivian Onunkwo, MD, FACOEM
Benjamin N. Palmer, DO, MPH, FACOEM
Norbert P. Schutte, MD, BSCHE, FACOEM
Anh T. Tran, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Andrew Vaughn, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Fellow, the highest class of membership within the College, distinguishes and recognizes members for their training, accomplishments, and experience in occupational medicine at the national, component, and local levels, as well as for their academic and scientific contributions.
ACOEM will offer two of its courses, July 28-29, 2018. The “Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Techniques,” and the “Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track” will be held at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill.
The Musculoskeletal Exam is a 2-day course which will feature both lectures and interaction with a diverse faculty who will deliver a significant “hands-on” workshop component. 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-rays 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.
The MRO Fast Track is a 1.5 day course for physicians interested in developing or improving their skills in conducting alcohol and urine drug screening, evaluating results, addressing job safety and return-to-work issues, and interpreting federal regulations. The Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC) will hold its certifying examination following the ACOEM course (separate exam registration required—visit www.mrocc.org for details).
For additional course information or registration, contact ACOEM at telephone: 847/818-1800; Web site: www.acoem.org/courses.aspx.
The Brazilian National Association of Occupational Medicine will sponsor the “Pan American Conference on Environmental and Labor Health,” September 27-29, 2018, at the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ACOEM is a conference partner.
Conference topics will include competencies for OEM, risk management, fatigue, tropical diseases and travel medicine, health promotion, policies for psychoactive substances misuse, and academic research in OEM. Conference format will include pre-conference courses, lectures, round table discussions, and symposia. For more information, contact the Association at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://panoccupmedrio2018.com.br.Copyright © 2018 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine