Director: Andrew Freeman, MD, MS
Deputy Director: Nick Newman, DO, MS
The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has three major areas of focus:
- Training physicians in the specialty of occupational medicine through the University of Cincinnati’s ACGME-accredited Occupational Medicine residency training program.
- Conducting occupational epidemiologic research of populations exposed to potential hazards within the workplace.
- The clinical evaluation of patients with medical conditions potentially related to occupational or environmental exposures.
The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is multi-disciplinary in character and its faculty members
have frequent interactions with other divisions within the Department of Environmental Health as well as with other Clinical Departments in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Extensive use is made of regional and national volunteer faculty with expertise in occupational health.
The Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program
at the University of Cincinnati is the oldest continuously operating Occupational Medicine residency in the United States. In most years two to four residents graduate from the program. These residents go on to accept positions at other academic institutions, within industrial settings, or within the local, state or federal agencies. The residency training program is largely funded by an Education and Research Training Grant awarded to the University of Cincinnati by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is involved in several major areas of research.
The division is evaluating health effects, efficacies, exposures, and disease progression in a variety of settings, including:
- Work-related and environmentally associated asthma and bronchiolitis obliterans
- Solvent exposures
- Firefighter health conditions
- Improved methods of pulmonary function testing
- Injury Prevention
The faculty members within the Division are also involved in offering consultative and clinical services to selected occupational and environmental populations in various exposure settings.