AOHC Resident Research Awards

Every year Occupational Medicine residents compete for about 5 Resident Research Awards. The recipients present their research and receive a monetary prize at the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC). The AOHC is the major annual meeting of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the world’s largest organization of occupational and environmental physicians. HSPH residents have consistently won a large proportion of these awards as exemplified by the recent winners recognized below:

2013
Kevin Johnson, DO, MPH
Association of Self-reported Sleep Habits with Accidents and Near Misses in Transportation Operators

Dennis Teehan, MD, MPH
Sudden Cardiac Death Among Young Firefighters in the US

2012
Vasileia Varvarigou, MD
Cardiovascular Deaths in US Police Officers: Duty Specific Risks

2011
Anne McDonough, MD, MPH
Exposure to Diesel Emissions on Commercial Fishing Vessels before and after Engine Retrofitting

Stasia Muhlner, MD, MPH
Rural Physical Medicine Utilization Patterns are Associated with Faster Return-to-Work Following Work-Related Fractures

2010
Eric Amster, MD, MPH 
Urine Arsenic Concentration and Respiratory Disease in the US Population  

Gerardo Durand, MD, MPH
Firefighters’ Physical Activity: Relation to Fitness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

2009
Saeher Muzaffar, MD, MPH
Factors Associated with Fatal Mining Injuries among Contractors and Operators

2008
Peter C. Lee, MD, MPH
Utilization of a Mandatory Declination Statement in a Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Program

Philip D. Parks, MD, MPH, MOccH
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Screening in a Commercial Driver Population Using the Joint Task Force’s Consensus Guidelines

Aaron M. S. Thompson, MD, MPH
The Sensitivity and Specificity of Thermometry and Plethysmography in the Assessment of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

2007
Jesse Geibe, MD, MPH
On-duty Coronary Heart Disease in Firefighters: Predictors of Fatal Events

Belayneh Abejie, MD, MPH
Patterns of Pulmonary Dysfunction in Asbestos Workers

2006
Amy Nuernberg, MD, MPH
Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Boilermakers with Welding Exposure

2005
Brit Hatfield, MD, MPH
The Association between Whole-body Vibration Frequency and Lower Back Disorders among Urban Taxi Drivers

Jonathan Holder, DO, MPH
Profile of Massachusetts Firefighters Receiving Cardiac Retirement under Heart Presumption Legislation: 1997-2003

2004
Robert (Abe) Timmons, DO, MPH
Fractures from Ladder Falls: Value of Narrative Text Data

Erik Won, DO, MPH
Gender Differences in Exposure to Physical Risk Factor’s During Standardized Computer Tasks

2002
Elpis Soteriades, MD, MPH
The Lipid Profile of Firefighters Over Time: Opportunities for Prevention

Sharmila Mudgal, MD, MPH
Sedating Medication Use, Distraction and Acute Traumatic Occupational Hand Injuries

2000
Uma A.V. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH
Occupational and Environmental Exposure to Lead in South India