Roy E. Albert, MD
Director from 1985-1994
Dr. Roy Albert attended Columbia University, and then New York University’s School of Medicine from which he graduated at the age of 22. He took an internship in Internal Medicine at the Bellevue Third Medical Divisions Research Laboratory at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In 1949, Dr. Albert returned to NYU Medical School for a fellowship in cardiovascular hemodynamics. Later, he was the first full-time MD at the Health and Safety Laboratory, and at the AEC Headquarters he researched the hazards of radiation, which took him both into the mines at Johannesburg, Africa and to Bikini Island in the South Pacific. While at NYU, where he became vice chairman of the Department of Environmental Medicine, he worked on lung clearance and tumorigenesis.
In 1985, he was appointed Director of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati where he served in this capacity until 1994, at which time he was appointed Professor Emeritus. He was an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the Stockinger Award, as well as several medals from the EPA for developing the field of carcinogen risk assessment. Dr. Albert remained active in later years, attaining his pilot’s license after age 70. He played the violin in the Seven Hills Sinfonietta, was an avid tennis player, and participated in the Senior Olympics. In 2001, he wrote his memoirs, providing a glimpse of the flavor of his life, as well as the dire working conditions and the unhealthy labor practices he sought to change.