June 2020 JOEM People & Events
Beth A. Baker, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is the new President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr Baker was among seven physicians elected to the ACOEM Board of Directors who took office on May 6, 2020.
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 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 the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in occupational medicine and by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in internal medicine. She is also a certified medical review officer (MRO) and is listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). Dr Baker is a member of the Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (CSOEMA), an ACOEM component society.
Installed as President-Elect for 2020–2021, was Robert M. Bourgeois, MD, MPH, FACOEM.
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. He is also listed on the FMCSA's NRCME, and is 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. Dr Bourgeois is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine, and is a member of the Mid South OEMA, an ACOEM component society.
Installed as Vice President for 2020–2021, was Douglas W. Martin, MD, FACOEM.
Dr Martin is Medical Director at UnityPoint Health — St Luke's Occupational Medicine in Sioux City, Iowa. He received his MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine in Omaha. Dr Martin is certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), and is a certified MRO and FAA aviation medical examiner. He is also listed on the FMCSA's NRCME. Dr Martin is a member of the Central States OEMA component.
Installed as Treasurer for the 2-year term of 2020–2022, was Tanisha K. Taylor, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM.
Dr Taylor is Senior Medical Director at Barnabas Health Corporate Care, Lakewood, N.J., and was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She received her MD from New York Medical College in Valhalla, her MPH from Yale University, and her MBA from Ashford University, Forbes School of Business and Technology. Dr Taylor is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and by ABIM in internal medicine. She is also a certified physician executive and a certified MRO, and is listed on the FMCSA's NRCME. Dr Taylor is also a member of the OEMA of New Jersey, an ACOEM component society.
Installed as Directors for 2020–2023, were Jacqueline M. Cook, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Kenji Saito, MD, JD, FACOEM; and Daniel G. Samo, MD, FACOEM.
Dr Cook is Chief of the Occupational Health Services at the Office of Occupational Safety and Health for the Veterans Administration in New Haven, Conn. She is also Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr Cook received her MD at New York Medical College and her MPH from Yale School of Public Health. She is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is certified in internal medicine by ABIM. Dr Cook is a member of the New England COEM.
Dr Saito is the Vice President of Medical Staff, Chair of Medical Specialties and Medical Director in Occupational Health, Wellness, EAP, Teaching Kitchen, as well as Regulatory Liaison for MaineGeneral Medical Center in central Maine, and President and Chief Medical Officer at MedLaw, LLC. Dr Saito received his MD from Temple University School of Medicine and his JD from Rutgers Law School. He is certified by ABPM in both occupational medicine and preventive medicine. Dr Saito is president-elect for the New England College of OEM, an ACOEM component society.
Dr Samo is Medical Director, Division of Health Promotion and Corporate Services and Division of Public Safety Medicine, at Northwestern Medicine Corporate Health & Travel, Chicago, Ill. He is also Assistant Professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr Samo received his MD from Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Ill, and is certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr Samo is a member of the Central States OEMA, an ACOEM component society.
Installed as Young Physician Director for 2020–2023, was Jaspal S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, FACOEM.
Dr Ahluwalia is the Chief of Occupational Medicine for the US Coast Guard in Washington, DC. He received his MD from Ohio State University School of Medicine in Columbus, and his MPH from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr Ahluwalia is certified by ABPM in public health and general preventive medicine. He is a member of the ACOEM component, Metro-Washington OEM and has served on their board of directors and recently as president (2014–2016). Dr Ahluwalia has served as a delegate to the ACOEM House of Delegates. A member of ACOEM since 2008, Dr Ahluwalia attained his Fellowship in 2014.
In addition, Stephen A. Frangos, MD, MPH, FACOEM, serves one additional year on the Board as Immediate Past President. The following Board members continue their terms as Directors: Muktar H. Aliyu, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Michael J. Levine, MD, FACOEM; and Francesca K. Litow, MD, MPH, FACOEM; James W. Butler, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Laura G. Gillis, MD, MPH, FACOEM; and Leslie M. Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM.
Officers of the ACOEM House of Delegates for 2020–2021, were installed during the 108th session of the House on May 3. New House officers are: Speaker, Victoria A. Cassano, MD, MPH, FACOEM; Speaker-elect, Faiyaz A. Bhojani, MD, DrPH, FACOEM, and Recorder, Richard R. Wagoner, MD, FACOEM.
Dr Cassano is President and CEO of Performance Medicine Consulting, LLC, in Purcellville, Virg. 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 MPH 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, an ACOEM component society.
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. 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 current board member of the Texas COEM, an ACOEM component society.
Dr Wagoner is an occupational physician in Seattle, Wash. He received his MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He is certified by ABPM in occupational medicine and is also certified by ABIM in internal medicine. Dr Wagoner is current president of the ACOEM component, Northwest Association of OEM.
Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award
Created in 1938, this lifetime achievement award is the highest honor bestowed in occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). It recognizes individuals who have had a distinguished career in one or more disciplines of occupational medicine, environmental medicine, and/or environmental health.
Michael J. Hodgson, MD, MPH, was honored for his long and distinguished career in OEM. He has served as Director, Occupational Health Program, at the Veterans Administration, and is presently Chief Medical Officer/Director, Occupational Medicine and Nursing at OSHA, arguably one of the most important OEM physician jobs in the U.S. Dr Hodgson's research includes more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, and he currently and serves on ACOEM's scientific council. His major contributions to OEM research and practice include indoor air quality and building-associated diseases; hypersensitivity pneumonitis; ergonomics and safe patient handling; workplace violence; and heat stress.
Excellence in Education or Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award
This lifetime achievement award for academic excellence or research is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the disciplines of occupational medicine, environmental medicine, and/or environmental health.
James E. Lockey, MD, FACOEM, Professor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, was recognized for his illustrious OM academic career that has focused on the connection between occupational and environmental exposure and adverse human health, with emphasis on the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. He has been an avid teacher and mentor, training physician residents during his clinical activities in occupational and environmental related pulmonary disorders and continues to advise medical students, pre- and post-doctoral students, and junior faculty. Dr Lockey is the author of 195 peer-reviewed papers, 7 since his “retirement,” and written 45 book chapters.
Meritorious Service Award
This award was established in 1945 to recognize an ACOEM member who has provided meritorious service to the College.
Michael Holland, MD, FACOEM, a renowned toxicologist, was honored for his continuing contributions to ACOEM as a member of the Board of Directors (2012–2015) and as a member of the College's scientific council. He has been a lead author of and contributor to numerous ACOEM position papers and helped draft ACOEM comments to government agencies. He chaired the 2012 AOHC Planning Committee and served as a component officer for the New York OEMA. Dr Holland is medical director of occupational medicine and employee health at Saratoga Hospital Medical Group in Mechanicville, NY.
Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award
This award was established in 1945 to recognize an ACOEM member for a specific, unique achievement in occupational and environmental medicine.
Larry Raymond, MD, FACOEM, an expert in occupational lung disorders and pulmonary diseases, was recognized for his significant contributions to ACOEM as a member of its scientific council, and as an author and contributor to numerous ACOEM position statements. Specifically, his contributions include developing a pulmonary section for the ACOEM Practice Guidelines. Dr Raymond is currently medical director of occupational and environmental medicine for Atrium Health Employer Solutions in Charlotte, N.C.
Kammer Merit in Authorship Award
This award is named for Adolf Kammer, MD, the first editor of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM). It recognizes the most outstanding article(s) published in JOEM during a given year.
This year, the JOEM Editorial Board has recognized Miriam Mutambudzi, PhD, Tores Theirell, MD, PhD, and Jian Li, MD, PhD, for their article on “Job Strain and Long-Term Sickness Absence from Work: A Ten Year Prospective Study,” which appeared in the April 2019 issue of JOEM. The JOEM Editorial Board considered this study to be one of the best ever to connect job strain to sickness absence. Utilizing a large population size with a very high response rate (92%) in a prospective design over a long period of time (10 years) with low attrition, this study yielded robust results with high significance.
Fellow, the highest class of membership within the College, distinguishes and recognizes members for their training, accomplishments, and experience in occupational and environmental medicine at the national, component, and local levels, as well as for their academic and scientific contributions. The following ACOEM members were elevated to Fellowship for 2020:
Denise E. Agatep, MD, FACOEM
Anna M. Allen, MD, FACOEM
Theodore Aquino, DO, FACOEM
Manijeh Berenji, MD, FACOEM
Michael W. Berneking, MD, FACOEM
Matthew Chan, MD, FACOEM
Andy Chern, MD, FACOEM
Max A. Clark II, MD, FACOEM
Peter Connaughton, MBBCH, FACOEM
Stewart R. Curtis, DO, FACOEM
Juan C. Diaz, MD, FACOEM
Kathleen M. Fagan, MD, FACOEM
Edmond F. Feeks, MD, FACOEM
Stephen L. Fischer, MD, FACOEM
Duncan A. Gillies II, MD, FACOEM
Shilpa N. Gowda, MD, FACOEM
Marek T. Greer, MD, FACOEM
Devesh D. Kanjarpane, MD, FACOEM
Jennifer L. Lultschik, MD, FACOEM
Patrick R. McKenna, DO, FACOEM
Zhiping Mo, MD, FACOEM
Mutasim Galal Eisa Mohamed, MD, FACOEM
Verba A. Moore, MD, FACOEM
Cameron J L Nelson, MD, FACOEM
Minda G. Nieblas, MD, FACOEM
Ana E. Nobis, MD, FACOEM
Lanre Ogunyemi, MBBS, FACOEM
Rashad M. Saeed, DO, FACOEM
Lori A. Schwartz, MD, FACOEM
Eric Shuping, MD, FACOEM
Gerald N. Taylor, MD, FACOEM
Aaron W. Tustin, MD, FACOEM