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Gochfeld Michael

E-mail: gochfeld@eohsi.rutgers.edu

Michael Gochfeld, MD, PhD is an occupational physician and environmental toxicologist. He holds an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a PhD in ecology from the City University of New York. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in animal behavior at the Rockefeller University.

He is board certified in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Gochfeld has focused on the effects of heavy metals on humans and ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium and also on dioxin and PCBs. He has conducted research in Alaska, South America, and Africa. He served as a Provincial Public Health advisor in Vietnam focusing on tropical paediatrics and infectious disease control. He was one of the founding faculty of the UMDNJ-School of Public Health and chaired the Environmental Health track for many years, developing one of the first graduate courses in environmental risk assessment.

He currently directs the Epidemiology, Statistics, and Prevention course for first year medical students.He is a member of the Collegium Ramazzini, and has served as chair of both the Resident Directors section and the Academic Section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

He has published over 200 biomedical papers on human health and ecotoxicology (many co-authored with Joanna Burger, PhD), in addition to many papers on avian biology and animal behavior. He has authored books on occupational medicine, avian behavior and ecology, and butterflies.

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