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Dreger, Marianne

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: June 2010 - Volume 52 - Issue 6 - p 666-667
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181e58e6e
People and Events


The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) presented its annual awards May 2 during the opening session of the 2010 American Occupational Health Conference in Orlando, FL. Recognized for their contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) were five physicians and the authors of the article judged an outstanding Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) article. Award recipients are as follows:

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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 of OEM.

Edward A. Emmett, MD, MS, FACOEM, Professor of Occupational Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa, was recognized for his work in obtaining accreditation for the off-campus Practicum Residency Program at the University of Pennsylvania and for contributions to OEM research as indicated by his authorship of more than 140 original articles, which have helped to increase the visibility and viability of the specialty of OEM.

Dr Emmett was also cited for serving the OEM field with distinction through membership on numerous national and international committees, including the Joint ILO/WHO Committee on Occupational Health, and as a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health, the ACOEM Board of Directors, and the Board of Trustees of the Occupational Medicine Scholarship Fund. He is also a member of the JOEM Editorial Board.

Dr Emmett received his MD from the University of Sydney in Australia, and an MS in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. An ACOEM member since 1975, he was elevated to Fellowship in 1978. In addition to serving on the ACOEM Board, he chaired the Council on International OEM, the Council on OEM Practice, and the Committee on Research, while cochairing the former Dermatology Section. Dr Emmett was the recipient of ACOEM's 1999 Kehoe Award of Merit. He and coauthors also received the 2008 Kammer Merit in Authorship Award and the 2010 Kammer Award.

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Adolph G. Kammer Merit in Authorship Award

Named in honor of Adolph Kammer, MD, first editor of the College's Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), this award recognizes outstanding articles published in JOEM.

This year's Kammer Award was presented to Edward A. Emmett, MD, MS, FACOEM, Hong Zhang, MD, MPH, and Nancy Rodway, MD, MPH, along with colleagues Frances S. Shofer, PhD, Chintan Desai, BSE, David Freeman, MS, and Mary Hufford, PhD, for their article “Development and Successful Application of a ‘Community-First’ Communication Model for Community-based Environmental Health Research” published in the February 2009 issue of JOEM. This project created a unique communication approach that generated workable solutions to the problem investigated, raised community awareness, and modified behaviors of those involved while generating a “free market” of community-level solutions.

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Meritorious Service Award

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

Wayne N. Burton, MD, FACOEM, Global Medical Director for American Express Corporation, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School, and Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Occupational Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, received the 2010 award for his long-term laudatory service to the College, and his tireless work to expand the visibility of ACOEM and OEM through research on the economics of mental health and productivity.

As a member of the ACOEM Board, Dr Burton was also cited for his participation on both the Health and Productivity Committee and the Health and Productivity Section, as well as being instrumental in developing the joint ACOEM/IBI health and productivity courses, while donating time and expertise helping ACOEM advance its mission and promote health care reform. His research, much of which was published in JOEM, has contributed greatly to the body of knowledge on how health impacts workplace disability and productivity.

Dr Burton received his MD from the University of Oregon Medical School. He became an ACOEM member in 1980 and achieved Fellow status in 1984. In addition to serving on the ACOEM Board, he acted as Cochair of the Council on External Affairs, and as Associate Chair of the Business and Labor Education Committee, among others. Dr Burton was the recipient of ACOEM's 1998 Health Achievement Award and the first recipient of the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award presented jointly from ACOEM and the National Business Group on Health in 2009. He is a member of the Central States Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, an ACOEM component society, where he has served as their President, Secretary-Treasurer, and member of their Board of Governors.

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Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award

Created in 1948, this annual award is presented to recognize an ACOEM member(s) for a specific or unique achievement in the field of OEM.

Garson M. Caruso, MD, MPH, FACOEM, and T. Larry Myette, MD, MPH, were awarded this honor for their work as codirectors of the ACOEM Depression in the Workplace Project, a joint venture of the ACOEM Occupational Mental Health Committee and the ACOEM Health and Productivity Section, which resulted in a special 15-paper supplement to JOEM that was published in April 2008. As editors of this special issue, their work presented an update on workplace depression, highlighting the need for an integrated, evidence-based approach to managing this common, chronic, and often recurrent disorder.

Dr Caruso is Medical Director at Lakeview Occupational and Industrial Clinic in Sebring, Fla, and Clinical Associate, Department of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He earned his MD from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa, and his MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An ACOEM member since 2001, he attained Fellow status in 2007. Dr Caruso is a member of the Evidence-based Practice Committee, chairs the Guidelines Panel on Disability Prevention and Management, and served on the Occupational Mental Health Committee. He is affiliated with the ACOEM component, Florida Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Dr Myette is a Consultant at Healthy Horizons, Corporate Health Consulting, Inc., Victoria, BC, Canada, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He received his MD from the University of British Columbia and his MPH from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Dr Myette has been an ACOEM member for 14 years and served on the Occupational Mental Health Committee. He is a member of the Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an ACOEM component society.

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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 bestowed annually to an individual who has shown distinction in and made significant contributions to OEM.

Jacqueline M. Moline, MD, MSc, FACOEM, is Vice President, Population Health, North Shore/LIJ Health System, Chair, Population Health, North Shore University Hospital, and Chair, Population Health, Hofstra University School of Medicine, Great Neck, NY.

She was presented this award for her renowned and respected research into the effects of heavy metal toxicity, while working as Director of Mount Sinai's Clinical Center of Excellence within the World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, for research which has led to the detection of multiple myeloma in a small but significant number of WTC responders.

Dr Moline received her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and her MSc from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She joined ACOEM in 1992 and earned her designation as a Fellow this year. She has served ACOEM as Chair of the Residency Program Directors Section and as a member of the Council on Special Occupational Health Interests and the Academic Policy Committee. Dr Moline is a member of the New York Occupational and Environmental Medical Association, an ACOEM component society.

At the ACOEM annual membership meeting held May 4 in Orlando, FL, 18 members were elevated to Fellowship. The ceremony took place during the College's 95th American Occupational Health Conference.

The following members were recognized for their achievement:

  • Jaspal S. Arora, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Brian J. Caveney, MD, JD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Illy Dominitz, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
  • Janet L. Elliot, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Robin L. Epp, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
  • Sachin Kapoor, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
  • Roman P. Kownacki, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Jacqueline M. Moline, MD, MSc, FACOEM
  • Paul J. Papanek, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Richard M. Preece, MB, MBA, FACOEM
  • Michael A. Sauri, MD, MPHTM, FACOEM
  • Steven R. Smith, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Penny M. Stern, MD, MPH, FACOEM
  • James B. Talmage, MD, FACOEM
  • Robert A. Timmons, DO, MPH, FACOEM
  • David E. Turner, MD, PhD, MPH, FACOEM
  • Dyann A. Waugh, MD, MPH, 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 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. Attaining Fellow status allows a member to be eligible to serve as an officer or director of the College. Additional information is available at, or by calling ACOEM at 847/818-1800, ext. 373.

Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (CSOEMA) recently elected its new officers and board members.

Michael G. Parker, DO, MSPH, MBA, FACOEM, took office April 1 as CSOEMA President. Other officers installed were: Mary Jo Capodice, DO, MPH, FACOEM, President-elect; Melissa A. Bean, DO, MBA, MPH, FACOEM, Vice President; and Jeffrey D. Williamson-Link, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Secretary-Treasurer. Brian C. Svazas, MD, MPH, FACOEM, continues to serve the component as Immediate Past President.

Newly elected to the CSOEMA Board of Governors were: Adonis E. Bernardo, MD, MPH, and Mark C. Taylor, MD, MPH, FACOEM (2010–2013); Eric P. Wohlrab, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM, and Greg P. Couser, MD, MPH (2010–2012); and Daniel S. Brown, MD, MPH, and John Kuhnlein, DO, MPH, FACOEM (2010–2011).

CSOEMA will hold its 2010 Fall Seminar on September 24–25 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. For additional information and registration for “Occupational Medicine and the Law,” visit the CSOEMA Web site at

The Harvard School of Public Health is offering “Leadership for Productivity and Health Management Issues, Innovations, and Solutions” on September 30 to October 1, 2010, at their John B. Martin Conference Center, Boston, MA.

Developed by the Initiative for Productivity and Health Management (IPHM) of Harvard's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency, this new program engages policymakers, decision-makers, and implementers with an intensive two-day seminar, enabling them to identify, characterize, and propagate efficient and effective health programs within employment-based health insurance. It will allow participants to develop practical strategies and understand quantitative outcomes from the latest innovations in employment-based benefits and health interventions.

The program fee is discounted if paid by June 30. For additional information, visit Harvard Center for Continuing Education at or e-mail

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