Faculty

Faculty of the Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine provide services at: the Mount Zion Occupational Medicine Faculty Practice and Multidisciplinary Clinic; Kaiser Permanente; the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System; San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Employee Health; and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC).

Faculty on Industrial Site Visit
Faculty on Industrial Site Visit

Our faculty members have affiliations with pulmonary medicine, toxicology, industrial hygiene, bioengineering and occupational health nursing. Close ties are maintained with the California Department of Public Health, California Environmental Protection Agency, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The OEM residency program is led by Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH and Robert Harrison, MD, MPH.

 

Core Occupational Medicine Faculty
 

Mehrdad Arjomandi, MD
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Director, Human Exposure Laboratory SFGH
Environmental Medicine Clinic, SFVAMC
Research Interests: Exposure-related lung diseases; air pollution contribution to development and progression of respiratory (asthma and COPD) and cardiovascular (atherosclerosis) diseases; ozone inhalational challenge as a model of respiratory disease exacerbation.

John Balmes, MD
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Director,
COEH
Research Interests: Health effects of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. Research projects include controlled exposure chamber studies on human subjects, epidemiologic studies on air quality and asthma in Fresno, and exposures to indoor smoke from cook stoves and health effects in Guatemala and Malawi.

Paul Blanc, MD MSPH
Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Chief, Division of OEM: Parnassus-Mt Zion, SFGH, and VAMC
Research Interests: Asthma and COPD in relation to workplace and environmental factors; occupational and environmental toxicology with a focus on pulmonary responses; the history of occupational and environmental medicine.

Jessica Chuang, MD MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Director, Employee health Services, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

Research Interests: OEM resident education methods and outcomes

Samuel Goldman, MD MPH
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Environmental Medicine Clinic, SFVAMC Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center, SFVAMC
Research Interests: Occupational and environmental epidemiology of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Sandeep Guntur, MD MPH
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Assistant Chief for Compensation and Pension, San Francisco VAMC

Carisa Harris-Adamson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Director,
Ergonomics Laboratory, UC Berkeley/UCSF
Research Interests: Occupational ergonomics; peripheral nerve entrapment, work-related tendon disorders; cardiovascular load; workplace intervention studies.

Robert Harrison, MD MPH
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Occupational Medicine Clinic, UCSF Mount Zion
Public Health Medical Officer, California Department of Public Health

Research Interests: Risk factors and prevention strategies for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, heat stress, asthma and pesticide poisoning in the California workforce; risk factors and prevention strategies for work-related fatalities; tracking of work-related injuries and diseases in California; and investigation of novel cases and outbreaks in the California workplace.

Robert Kosnik, MD
Clinical Professor Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Chief Occupational Health Services, UCSF

Mark Miller, MD MPH
Associate Clinical Professor, Division of OEM, UCSF
Director, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
Air Toxicology and Epidemiology Section, OEHHA, Cal/EPA
Research Interests: The unique susceptibility of children to environmental chemicals, particularly the impact of early life exposures on neurological and pulmonary development and associated signaling events. Recent chemicals of interest include perchlorate, secondhand smoke, and lindane. Translating new epidemiologic and toxicologic findings relevant to pediatric environmental health to the clinical audience.

Patricia Quinlan, MPH CIH
Industrial Hygienist (Retired), UCSF
Research Interests: Occupational and Environmental exposure assessment for studies of asthma, COPD, Parkinson's disease, and childhood leukemia.

David Rempel, MD MPH
Professor of Medicine Emeritus, UCSF
Former Director, Retired,
Ergonomics Laboratory, UC Berkeley/UCSF
Research Interests: Occupational ergonomics; peripheral nerve entrapment, work-related tendon disorders; hand biomechanics, tool design, workplace intervention studies.

Suzaynn Schick, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Associate Director, Human Exposure Laboratory, ZSFG
Research Interests: Secondhand and “thirdhand” cigarette smoke exposure effects; e-cigarette exposure; wood smoke health effects.

James Seward, MD MPP MMM
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Clinical Professor of Public Health, UC Berkeley
Chair, OEM Program Evaluation Committee and Residency Advisory Committee
Research Interests: Ionizing radiation health effects; health promotion in the workplace; management of occupational health programs.

Dennis Shusterman, MD MPH
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Emeritus, Division of OEM, UCSF
Research Interests: Health effects of irritant air pollutants on the upper airway, including the nose, paranasal sinuses, and vocal cords. The effects of sidestream tobacco smoke on the upper airway. Please see
NoseLab for more information.

Supporting UC Clinical Faculty and Other Occupational Medicine Preceptors

Tom Allems, MD MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Consultant — Occupational Medicine


Latifat Apatira, MD MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Division of OEM, UCSF
Staff Physician - Kaiser Permanente Medical Group San Francisco

Rahmat Balogun, DO MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Staff Physician, Tang Center at UC Berkeley
Research Interests: Role of osteopathic manipulation in employee health clinical practices.

Richard Cohen, MD MPH
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Private Practice — Occupational Medicine and Industrial Toxicology
Research Interests and Practice Focus: Exposure assessment, development of occupational exposure limits, corporate global medical director, medical surveillance and biologic monitoring, pharmaceutical industry occupational exposure containment, and litigation consultation and testimony.

James Craner, MD MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF

Corporate Medical Director, Tesla, Inc., Fremont, CA and Sparks, NV
Consultant/Clinician—Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Reno & Las Vegas, NV / Sacramento, CA

Research Interests: Electric vehicle and EV lithium ion battery  manufacturing; medical surveillance, biological monitoring and audiometric data analytics; health and safety compliance & software

Rupali Das, MD MPH
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Senior Vice President and California Medical Director, Zenith Insurance
Research Interests: Early intervention following work-related illness or injury to mitigate the negative impact of chronic comorbidities and psychosocial factors on recovery; promoting safer alternatives to chemicals used in the home and workplace; tracking work-related illness to understand etiology and recommend preventive measures; measuring human exposures to chemicals though biomonitoring to reduce health effects and promote safer and more responsible chemical use policies.

Timur Durrani, MD MPH MBA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Director, Occupational Health, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Research Interests: Occupational and environmental toxicology and emergency preparedness

Michael Fischman, MD MPH
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Medical Director, Intel Corporation

Stephanie Holm, MD MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF;
Doctoral Candidate, Epidemiology, UCB School of Public Health

Research Interests: Adverse health effects of indoor and ambient air pollution in pediatric and general populations.

Sarah Janssen, MD PhD MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Staff Physician - Kaiser Permanente Medical Group San Francisco
Research interest: Environmental exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals
such as phthalates, bisphenol A, and flame retardants; chemical screening and
testing strategies for carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

Paul Johnson, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group San Francisco

Ray Meister, MD MPH
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Executive Medical Director - California Division of Workers Compensation

Jordan Rinker, MD MPH
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Medical Director, Premise Health

Jonathan Rutchik, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Private Practice — Neurology and Occupational Medicine

Research Interests: Individuals and populations with neurological conditions and occupational and environmental injuries or exposures, neurological trauma, safety sensitive workers and disability. 

Erika Schwilk, MD MPH
Staff Physician, Tang Center at UC Berkeley

Gina M. Solomon, MD MPH
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Principal Investigator, Public Health Institute
Research Interests: Health effects associated with climate change, including heat waves, infectious disease shifts, and disaster response post-Katrina; public health strategies for preparing for climate change; environmental exposure assessment.

Craig Steinmaus, MD MPH
Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, UC Berkeley
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Cal/EPA
Research Interests: Health effects of drinking water contaminants such as arsenic and perchlorate. Meta-analysis and epidemiologic methods.

Christina Wang, MD MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of OEM, UCSF
Staff Physician, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, San Francisco

Faculty from the Occupational Health Nursing Program

Barbara Burgel, PhD, RN, MS
Clinical Professor of Nursing (Retired), Department of Community Health
Systems, School of Nursing, UCSF

Sandra Domeracki RN, MSN, FNP
Associate Professor of Nursing Department of Community Health Systems,
School of Nursing, UCSF
Employee Health, San Francisco VA Health Care System

Oisaeng Hong, RN, PhD
Professor of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, School of
Nursing, UCSF
Director, Occupational Health Nursing Program, UCSF

Soo Jeong Lee, RN, PhD, ANP
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Systems, School of
Nursing, UCSF

Dana Drew-Nord, RN, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health Systems, School
of Nursing, UCSF