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Wegman David H.

E-mail: david_wegman@uml.edu

David H. Wegman, MD, MPH, was recently appointed Dean of the new School of Health and Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) after 16 years as Professor and founding Chair of the UML Department of Work Environment. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his M.D. and M.Sc. from Harvard University and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine). Previously he served as Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at the UCLA School of Public Health and on the faculty at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Wegman has focused his research on epidemiologic studies of occupational respiratory disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer and has published over 200 articles in the scientific literature. He has also written on public health and policy issues concerning hazard and health surveillance, methods of exposure assessment for epidemiologic studies, the development of alternatives to regulation and the use of participatory methods to study occupational health risks. He is co-editor with Dr. Barry Levy of one of the standard textbooks in the field of occupational health, Occupational Health: Recognition and Prevention of Work-Related Disease, the fifth edition of which was published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins in 2006. His recent work has focused on the examination of health and safety risks among construction workers involved in the building of the Third Harbor Tunnel and the underground Central Artery in Boston, and the study of the relationship of work risks and age both among child laborers and older adults.

Dr. Wegman serves as Treasurer of the International Epidemiological Association and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission on Occupational Health and past Chair of it's Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health. He has served as chair of the National Research Council Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committees on Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers and the Health and Safety Consequences of Child Labor. He has also been a member of the NRC-IOM Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders and Work, the IOM Committees to Review the Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War and to Review Gender Differences in Susceptibility to Environmental Factors. Currently he serves as Chair of the NRC-IOM Committee on Review of NIOSH Research Programs. Dr. Wegman's government service has included Chair of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration's Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Pneumoconiosis Among Coal Mine Workers, member of the OSHA Standards Advisory Committee on Metal Working Fluids, consultant to the Director of NIOSH on the agency extramural research program and on research concerning aging and work. He has also served on the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors and the EPA Scientific Advisory Board. He serves as Chair of the Epidemiology Review Board for DuPont Corporation, and was past chair of the Occupational Health Advisory Board for the United Auto Workers and the General Motors Corporation.

Dr. Wegman is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, a member of the Editorial Boards of the Epidemiology Monitor, the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, Environmental Health (online) and New Solutions.

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