Program Achievements

American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) 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:

Leslie Cadet, MD, MPH
ACOEM Resident Research Abstract Presentation Award                                           
Transportation Special Interest Section Resident Scholarship
NIOSH ERC Pilot Project Grant: Airplane Pilot Performance on 21 Maneuvers in a Flight
Simulator under Varying Carbon Dioxide Concentrations

Justin Yang, MD, MPH
Public Safety Medicine Special Interest Section Resident Scholarship

Nathan Jones, MD, MPH
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Rose Service Learning Fellowship Grant: Train/Bus Operator Lobby Impact on Worker Wellbeing

David Rainey, MD, MPH
Medical Center Occupational Health Special Interest Section Resident Scholarship                                           

Michael Chin, MD, MPH & David Rainey, MD, MPH
Public Safety Medicine Special Interest Section Resident Scholarship

Clifton Wilcox, MD, MPH
AOHC Resident Research Abstract Presentation Award 

Justin Yang, MD, MPH
AOHC Resident Scholarship Recipient
Honorable Mention in the Clinical Research Category, Massachusetts Medical Society 13th Annual Research Postor Symposium: Push-ups as a predictor of future cardiovascular events and functional capacity: a 10-year retrospective cohort study

Jeffrey Vogel, MD, MPH
AOHC OPSF Resident Scholarship

Mason Harrell, MD, MPH
Lag Times in Reporting Injuries, Receiving Medical Care, and Missing Work: Associations with Length of Work Disability in Occupational Back Injuries

Sharon Lee, MD, MPH
Topic: Incidence and consequences of emergency department physicians prescribing opioids for acute, work-related low back pain.

Michael Shusko, MD, MPH
Topic: Entry fitness levels and subsequent academy performance in Massachusetts Police recruits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Faculty Awards

Dr. Stefanos Kales (OEMR ’93)
2019 Robert C. Johns Research Partnership Award presented at the Center for Transportation Studies Annual Meeting on February 20, 2019 at the University of Minnesota. This award is presented annually for achievement of significant impacts on field of transportation and was given for work done on the project “Exploring Links between Medical Conditions and Safety Performance in Tractor Trailer Drivers”.

Dr. Thomas Winters
2019 Harriet Hardy Award

Dr. Eileen Storey
2017 Harriet Hardy Award

Dr. Michael Erdil
2016 Harriet Hardy Award