On April 28th, 2013, at the American Occupational Health Conference in Orlando, Florida, the 98th annual meeting of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), Dr. Stefanos N. Kales was presented with the College’s 2013 Kehoe Award for Excellence in Education and Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine for his leadership in and contributions to the field of OEM by ACOEM’s President, Dr. Karl Auerbach, on behalf of the Board of Directors.
Stefanos N. Kales, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School & Harvard School of Public Health; Director of the Occupational Medicine Residency at HSPH, and the Division Chief of OEM at Cambridge Health Alliance, a HMS teaching affiliate. Dr. Kales was recognized for his significant contributions to OEM, including his dedication as a teacher and researcher to improving worker health as a pre-eminent authority in cardiopulmonary fitness and firefighting. His research statistically has confirmed an excess of cardiovascular events among firefighters during strenuous duties; has provided quantification of risk factors; and has clarified the interaction between occupational stressors and medical risks. Dr. Kales was also cited for his major contributions in OEM toxicology and occupational sleep medicine, as well as his prolific record of peer-reviewed publishing. Additionally, as Director of Harvard’s OEM residency, he has developed new approaches to train residents in health and productivity and disability prevention. Moreover, Dr. Kales was recognized as motivating Harvard’s OEM residents to pursue a wide range of research projects, resulting in Harvard’s OEM residency having more trainees recognized with resident research awards at AOHC than any other institution.
The Kehoe Award for Excellence in Education or Research in OEM is presented to an individual for significant contributions made to academic excellence or research in the disciplines of occupational medicine, environmental medicine, and/or environmental health. This lifetime achievement award is named in honor of Robert A. Kehoe, MD, a past president and pioneer in the field of OEM. Dr. Kales follows a number of other Harvard faculty/alumni as previous Kehoe recipients, including Drs. Harriet L. Hardy, Lloyd B. Tepper, Royce Moser, Jr, John M. Peters, David C. Christiani, and Glenn S. Pransky.