People & Events
Department Editor: Marianne Dreger
May 2019 JOEM People & Events
On May 1, Stephen A. Frangos, MD, MPH, FACOEM, was installed as president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr Frangos was among six physicians elected to the ACOEM Board of Directors who took office during ACOEM's annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the 2019 American Occupational Health Conference, in Anaheim, Calif.
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 the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in occupational medicine. Dr Frangos is also a certified medical review officer (MRO).
Other officers installed were President-Elect, Beth A. Baker, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Vice President, Robert M. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM.
Dr Baker is a consultant at State Fund Mutual 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. She is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is also certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in internal medicine.
Dr Bourgeois is Medical Director of the Bourgeois Medical Clinic in Morgan City, La. He is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration, a member of the FMCSA's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, and a certified MRO. Dr Bourgeois received his MD from Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, La., and his MPH from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisc. Dr Bourgeois is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine.
Installed as Directors for 2019-2022, were James W. Butler, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Laura G. Gillis, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Leslie M. Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM.
Dr Butler is occupational medicine consultant at Orthopaedic Associates, Inc., Newburgh, Ind. He received his MD from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine at Mobile, and his MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr Butler is certified by ABPM in aerospace medicine and in occupational medicine. He is also certified as an Independent Medical Examiner, an MRO, and a FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner. Dr Butler is a member of the Kentucky OEMA component.
Dr Gillis is the medical officer for BNSF Railway Company in Fort Worth, Tex. She received her MD from Albert Einstein Medical College of Yeshiva University in The Bronx, NY, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Dr Gillis is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is a certified MRO. She is a member of the Texas COEM component.
Dr Israel is the medical director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles, Calif. She is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md; and received her MPH from Yale University. Dr Israel is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is a certified MRO. She is a member of the Western OEMA component.
In addition, Melissa A. Bean, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM, continues as Secretary/Treasurer, and William G. Buchta, MD, MS, MPH, FACOEM, serves one additional year on the Board as Immediate Past President. The following Board members continue their terms as Directors; For 2017-2020: John W. Burress, MD, MPH, FACOEM; David W. McKinney, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Tanisha K. Taylor, MD, MPH, FACOEM, and Kenji Saito, MD, JD, FACOEM, continues as Young Physician Director; For 2018-2021: Muktar H. Aliyu, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Michael J. Levine, MD, FACOEM; and Francesca K. Litow, MD, MPH, FACOEM.
Officers of the ACOEM House of Delegates for 2019-2020, were installed during the 104th session of the House on April 28, during AOHC in Anaheim. New House officers are: Speaker, Scott C. Levy, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Speaker-elect, Victoria A. Cassano, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Recorder, Faiyaz A. Bhojani, MD, DrPH, FACOEM.
Dr Levy is Regional Medical Manager, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, 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 component.
Dr Cassano is President and CEO of Performance Medicine Consulting, LLC, in Hartford, Conn. She received her MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.; her MPH from 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 component.
Dr Bhojani is the Medical Director at Shell Oil Company, Houston, Tex. He received his MD from Dow University Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan, and his MPH and DrPH from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Tex. Dr Bhojani is certified in occupational medicine by ABPM and in internal medicine by ABIM. He is also a certified MRO. Dr Bhojani is a member of the Texas COEM component.
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) presented its annual awards on April 28, 2019, during the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Anaheim, Calif. Recognized for their contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) were four 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.
Gary Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACOEM, was posthumously honored for his exceptional work as developer and moderator of the OEM web site (Occ-Env-Med-L). While his medical focus changed about 10 years ago from OEM to devoting his talents to a free clinic in North Carolina, Dr Greenberg grew OEM-L into an international resource for all OEM providers with a desire for cutting-edge evidence and best practices in the field. In addition, his services to ACOEM and OEM included development of the Occupational Health Disaster Expert Network. His contributions to ACOEM included service on the Board of Directors (2007-2010) and House of Delegates. He was also a faculty member of the University of North Carolina active in the training of OEM residents and students. Sadly, Dr Greenberg passed away in October 2018 before learning of this honor. A giant in the field of medicine, he will be sorely missed by all.
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.
Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH, Professor in Medicine and Endowed Chair in OEM at University of California, San Francisco, is recognized for his significant academic and research contributions to OEM. His scholarly activities have focused on occupational and environmental factors in pulmonary disease etiologies and outcomes, most prominently asthma and COPD. He has published more than 135 peer-reviewed articles; edited 34 book chapters; and served on numerous advisory boards including National Academy of Sciences, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. His international activities include presentations on occupational pulmonary disease and chairing the 2010 European Respiratory Society Annual Meeting's Occupational Grand Rounds Session. Currently, he is lead researcher on six different funded occupational and/or environmental focused projects. A respected academic force at UCSF since 1988. Dr Blanc has conducted and sponsored scientific research, and most importantly, advised and contributed to countless research projects with young colleagues.
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.
Paul Papanek, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is recognized for his achievements to ACOEM's government relations activities through his outstanding contributions to the Council on Public Affairs. As co-chair of this critical council, Dr Papanek has tirelessly worked to respond to forge new territory in public policy relevant to OEM, keeping ACOEM on the leading edge of advocacy at the federal and state levels. He has been the driving force behind and navigated diverse opinions in crafting an outline for a future ACOEM statement on firearm safety in the workplace. Dr Papanek has sought an advocacy agenda for ACOEM and worked with ACOEM leaders to move in that direction. With his guidance, ACOEM has responded to federal rules on such topics as silica, beryllium, and creation of a heat stress standard. Dr Papanek also helped craft strong language to dissuade EPA from enforcing the transparency in regulatory science rule that could have seriously stifled scientific support for environmental controls.
Meritorious Service Award
This Meritorious Service Award recognizes an ACOEM member who has provided meritorious service to the College.
Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is honored for his continuing contributions to ACOEM and OEM during the last 10 years since he served as president of ACOEM. He has been our “watchdog” on developments on the OSHA 300 log and continues to assist ACOEM in responding to those changes. Most recently, he represented ACOEM on the issue of physician burnout, and presented to the National Academy of Medicine on ACOEM's behalf in October 2018. Dr McLellan is also ACOEM's representative to the New York-based CHARM organization for research on physician burnout. Dr McLellan has served ACOEM for more than 30 years and he continues to contribute as an active member of the Council on Public Affairs and the Medical Center Occupational Health Section, both of which are extremely prolific, in part due to his efforts.
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:
“Olfactory Function in Latino Farmworkers Over 2 Years: Longitudinal Exploration of Subclinical Neurological Effects of Pesticide Exposure,” which appeared in the December 2017 issue of JOEM, was authored by Sara A. Quandt, PhD, and colleagues, Francis O. Walker, MD; Jennifer W. Talton, MS; Haiying Chen, MD; and Thomas A. Arcury, PhD. This study, which compared patterns of olfactory function in pesticide-exposed male Latino farmworkers and male Latino workers in industries without pesticide exposure, is recognized for its novel indicator of neurological effects from pesticide exposure.
“Applying Machine Learning to Workers’ Compensation Data to Identify Industry-Specific Ergonomic and Safety Prevention Priorities: Ohio, 2001 to 2011,” which appeared in the January 2018 issue of JOEM, was authored by Alysha R. Meyers, PhD, and colleagues, Ibraheem S. Al-Tarawneh, PhD; Steven J. Wurzelbacher, PhD; P. Timothy Bushnell, PhD; Michael P. Lampl, MS; Jennifer L. Bell, PhD; Stephen J. Bertke, PhD; David C. Robins, AAS; Chih-Yu Tseng, MS; Chia Wei, PhD; Jill A. Raudabaugh, MPH; and Teresa M. Schnorr, PhD. This study, which leveraged a state workers’ compensation claims database and machine learning techniques to target prevention efforts by injury causation and industry, was recognized for applying an emerging technology to workers’ compensation data to identify safety issues.
In recognizing these two studies, the JOEM Editorial Board also noted that they were both innovative and rigorous studies that shed new light on occupational health problems and solutions.
At the opening general session on April 28, 2019, during the College's American Occupational Health Conference in Anaheim, the following ACOEM members were elevated to Fellowship:
Rosalie E. Banasiak, MD, FACOEM
Emily L. Bannister, MD, FACOEM
Jeremy Biggs, MD, FACOEM
Laura E. Breeher, MD, FACOEM
Jiho H. Bryson, MD, FACOEM
John B. Burgess, MD, FACOEM
Jacqueline M. Cook, MD, FACOEM
Rajiv Das, MD, FACOEM
Gurinder S. Dhindsa, MD, FACOEM
John W. Downs, MD, FACOEM
Obadiah T.L. Elekima, MBBS, FACOEM
Robert W. Fleigelman, MD, FACOEM
Lynn M. Flowers, DO, FACOEM
Elizabeth C. Frenzel, MD, FACOEM
Russell Gelfman, MD, FACOEM
Aren A Giske, MD, FACOEM
Amanda D. Hagen, MD, FACOEM
Robert R. Haight, MD, FACOEM
Jessica M. Hameed, DO, FACOEM
Mason Harrell, MD, FACOEM
Raymond H. Hicks, MD, FACOEM
Marcia T. Isakari, MD, FACOEM
Geoffrey S. Jacoby, MD, FACOEM
Nimisha Kalia, MD, FACOEM
Paul Seung Ki Kim, MD, FACOEM
Michele M. Kowalski-McGraw, MD, FACOEM
Rachel Rosenstock Leibu, MD, FACOEM
Louis Lim, MD, FACOEM
Zeke J. McKinney, MD, FACOEM
Kevin P. Michaels, MD, FACOEM
Manoj M. Moholkar, MD, FACOEM
Robin G. Molella, MD, FACOEM
James Ethan Moses, MD, FACOEM
Elmang N. Nchako, MD, FACOEM
Amir K. Nicknam, MD, FACOEM
Michael E. Pratt, MD, FACOEM
Nicholas K. Reul, MD, FACOEM
William A. Rice, MD, FACOEM
Kenji Saito, MD, FACOEM
Marlene L. Sanchez, MD, FACOEM
Sadie H. Sanchez, MD, FACOEM
Jane T. St. Clair, MD, FACOEM
Asher A. Turney, MD, FACOEM
Karen M. Wardlaw, MD, FACOEM
John Westhoff, MD, 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.
Capt Dana Thomas, MD, MPH, FACOEM, has recently been named by the United States Surgeon General as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the U.S. Coast Guard/Director of Health, Safety, and Work-Life (HSWL). As part of this assignment, Dr Thomas has been promoted to Rear Admiral.
Dr Thomas received both her MD and MPH from George Washington School of Medicine and Public Health in Washington DC. She is certified in aerospace medicine and occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr Thomas joined ACOEM in 2007, and was elevated to Fellow status in 2011. She is a current member of ACOEM's component, the OEMA of New Jersey.
Robert McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the recipient of NIOSH's Total Worker Health Founder's Award, which recognizes individuals with outstanding contributions in advancing the safety, health and well-being of workers and who played critical roles in advancing the mission of the NIOSH Total Worker Health program. Dr McLellan was cited for his leadership at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, named as one of the first NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliates, and for his service on the Scientific Planning Panel for the first International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health.
Dr McLellan received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine and his MPH from Yale School of Public Health. He has been a member of ACOEM since 1981, and attained Fellowship in 1993. Dr McLellan served as ACOEM President from 2007-2008.
On June 21-23, 2019, ACOEM will offer the “Musculoskeletal Exam and Treatment Techniques,” in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
The Musculoskeletal Exam is a 3-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.
For additional information or registration for this course, contact ACOEM at telephone: 847/818-1800; Web site: www.acoem.org/Learning/Courses-Events.
On July 27-28, 2019, the “Medical Review Officer (MRO) Fast Track” course will be offered by ACOEM in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
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.orgfordetails).
For course information or registration, contact ACOEM at telephone: 847/818-1800; Web site: www.acoem.org/Learning/Courses-Events.