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Newman Lee S.

E-mail: lee.newman@ucdenver.edu

Lee S. Newman, M.D., M.A. is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Professor of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado. He is also Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus, Aurora Colorado, USA.

He is the founding Director of the University of Colorado's Center for Health, Work & Environment, which is designated as one of six Total Worker Health Centers of Excellence by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Newman is also founding Director of the NIOSH-supported Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC). Dr. Newman was founding CEO and president of Axion Health, Inc., a health informatics technology company that provides software to support employee health and safety programs in healthcare organizations. Previously, he was Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at National Jewish Health, 1997-2005.

For 20 years, his clinical practice focused on the diagnosis, management and prevention of occupational and environmental lung disorders and granulomatous diseases, especially chronic beryllium disease, interstitial lung disorders, and sarcoidosis.

He is a passionate educator and mentor of occupational and environmental health students and faculty, twice receiving the Chancellor's Award for teaching excellence at the University of Colorado. He co-founded and co-directs a graduate level Total Worker Health Certificate program at the Colorado School of Public Health.

His occupational health laboratory research focuses on the immune basis of granulomatous disorders, metal immunotoxicology, the relationship between genetics and environmental triggers of disease, and biomarker development, including the refinement and field testing of the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT).

Dr. Newman's epidemiologic research and policy activities address ways of improving occupational health surveillance, the design and implementation of effective interventions, and the translation of science into public policy, especially related to beryllium workers. In particular, his work has contributed to the passage of US Congressional legislation, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act and the promulgation of U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Rule: Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds.

His public health practice includes Health Links, a Total Worker Health solutions targeted especially to improve safety, health and well-being of workers in small enterprises. His most recent research includes a prospective, randomized controlled study of an intervention to improve worker health and safety outcomes in small businesses.

Dr. Newman leads one of the largest international prospective cohort studies and pragmatic comparative effectiveness trials to address the etiology and prevention of the epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Cause (CKDu), focusing on sugar cane workers in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras.

He is the author of more than 175 peer-reviewed publications, more than 200 book chapters, commentaries, and reviews, as well as nine books on arts and crafts---an area of avocational interest.

Dr. Newman consults and serves on advisory panels regarding occupational health, total worker health, and public health. Advisory roles have included work with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (CDC, ATSDR, NIOSH, and NIH).

Dr. Newman completed his BA degree at Amherst College and MA Degree in social psychology at Cornell University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He earned his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in pulmonary medicine in 1987 at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center and at National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado, USA. Dr. Newman is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.


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