David Rempel, MD, MPH


MPH, 1981 - Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
M.D., 1981 - Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
BA, 1977 - Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego
Honors and Awards
  • Centennial Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2016
  • IEA Prize in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, International Ergonomics Association, 2006
  • Fogarty Senior International Fellowship, NIH, 1997-1998
  • Jean Spencer Felton Scientific Writing Award, Western Occupational Medicine Association, 1997
  1. Shergill AK, Rempel D, Barr A, Lee D, Pereira A, Hsieh CM, McQuaid K, Harris-Adamson C. Biomechanical risk factors associated with distal upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders in endoscopists performing colonoscopy. 2020. PMID: 33160978

  2. Yung M, Dale AM, Kapellusch J, Bao S, Harris-Adamson C, Meyers AR, Hegmann KT, Rempel D, Evanoff BA. Modeling the Effect of the 2018 Revised ACGIH® Hand Activity Threshold Limit Value® (TLV) at Reducing Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 2019. PMID: 31361578

  3. Rempel D, Antonucci A, Barr A, Cooper MR, Martin B, Neitzel RL. Pneumatic rock drill vs. electric rotary hammer drill: Productivity, vibration, dust, and noise when drilling into concrete. 2018. PMID: 30487106

  4. Armstrong TJ, Burdorf A, Descatha A, Farioli A, Graf M, Horie S, Marras WS, Potvin JR, Rempel D, Spatari G, Takala EP, Verbeek J, Violante FS. Authors' response: Letter to the Editor concerning OCRA as preferred method in ISO standards on biomechanical risk factors. 2018. PMID: 29961082

  5. Dale AM, Ekenga CC, Buckner-Petty S, Merlino L, Thiese MS, Bao S, Meyers AR, Harris-Adamson C, Kapellusch J, Eisen EA, Gerr F, Hegmann KT, Silverstein B, Garg A, Rempel D, Zeringue A, Evanoff BA. Incident CTS in a large pooled cohort study: associations obtained by a Job Exposure Matrix versus associations obtained from observed exposures. 2018. PMID: 29599164

  6. Armstrong TJ, Burdorf A, Descatha A, Farioli A, Graf M, Horie S, Marras WS, Potvin JR, Rempel D, Spatari G, Takala EP, Verbeek J, Violante FS. Scientific basis of ISO standards on biomechanical risk factors. 2018. PMID: 29484364

  7. van der Beek AJ, Dennerlein JT, Huysmans MA, Mathiassen SE, Burdorf A, van Mechelen W, van Dieën JH, Frings-Dresen MH, Holtermann A, Janwantanakul P, van der Molen HF, Rempel D, Straker L, Walker-Bone K, Coenen P. A research framework for the development and implementation of interventions preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders. 2017. PMID: 28945263

  8. Antonucci A, Barr A, Martin B, Rempel D. Effect of bit wear on hammer drill handle vibration and productivity. 2017. PMID: 28574757

  9. Akkas O, Lee CH, Hu YH, Harris Adamson C, Rempel D, Radwin RG. Measuring exertion time, duty cycle and hand activity level for industrial tasks using computer vision. 2017. PMID: 28640656

  10. Carty P, Cooper MR, Barr A, Neitzel RL, Balmes J, Rempel D. The Effects of Bit Wear on Respirable Silica Dust, Noise and Productivity: A Hammer Drill Bench Study. Volume 61 of Issue 6. 2017. PMID: 28595322

  11. Graham B, Peljovich AE, Afra R, Cho MS, Gray R, Stephenson J, Gurman A, MacDermid J, Mlady G, Patel AT, Rempel D, Rozental TD, Salajegheh MK, Keith MW, Jevsevar DS, Shea KG, Bozic KJ, Adams J, Evans JM, Lubahn J, Ray WZ, Spinner R, Thomson G, Shaffer WO, Cummins DS, Murray JN, Mohiuddin M, Mullen K, Shores P, Woznica A, Linskey E, Martinez Y, Sevarino K. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline on: Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 2016. PMID: 27869627

  12. Rempel D, Barr A, Antonucci A. A New Test Bench System for Hammer Drills: Validation for Handle Vibration. 2016. PMID: 29123327

  13. Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Neophytou A, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Bao S, Silverstein B, Gerr F, Burt S, Rempel D. Biomechanical and psychosocial exposures are independent risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: assessment of confounding using causal diagrams. 2016. PMID: 27466616

  14. Madison H, Pereira A, Korshøj M, Taylor L, Barr A, Rempel D. Mind the Gap: The Effect of Keyboard Key Gap and Pitch on Typing Speed, Accuracy, and Usability, Part 3. 2015. PMID: 26002872

  15. Fan ZJ, Harris-Adamson C, Gerr F, Eisen EA, Hegmann KT, Bao S, Silverstein B, Evanoff B, Dale AM, Thiese MS, Garg A, Kapellusch J, Burt S, Merlino L, Rempel D. Associations between workplace factors and carpal tunnel syndrome: A multi-site cross sectional study. 2015. PMID: 25778111

  16. Dale AM, Zeringue A, Harris-Adamson C, Rempel D, Bao S, Thiese MS, Merlino L, Burt S, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Gerr F, Hegmann KT, Eisen EA, Evanoff B. General population job exposure matrix applied to a pooled study of prevalent carpal tunnel syndrome. 2015. PMID: 25700886

  17. Rempel D, Gerr F, Harris-Adamson C, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Merlino L, Dale AM, Evanoff B. Personal and workplace factors and median nerve function in a pooled study of 2396 US workers. 2015. PMID: 25563546

  18. Descatha A, Dale AM, Silverstein BA, Roquelaure Y, Rempel D. Lateral epicondylitis: new evidence for work relatedness. 2014. PMID: 25553834

  19. Bao SS, Kapellusch JM, Garg A, Silverstein BA, Harris-Adamson C, Burt SE, Dale AM, Evanoff BA, Gerr FE, Hegmann KT, Merlino LA, Thiese MS, Rempel DM. Developing a pooled job physical exposure data set from multiple independent studies: an example of a consortium study of carpal tunnel syndrome. 2014. PMID: 25504866

  20. Pereira A, Wachs JP, Park K, Rempel D. A User-Developed 3-D Hand Gesture Set for Human-Computer Interaction. 2014. PMID: 25977321

  21. Radwin RG, Azari DP, Lindstrom MJ, Ulin SS, Armstrong TJ, Rempel D. A frequency-duty cycle equation for the ACGIH hand activity level. 2014. PMID: 25343340

  22. Akkas O, Azari DP, Chen CH, Hu YH, Ulin SS, Armstrong TJ, Rempel D, Radwin RG. A hand speed-duty cycle equation for estimating the ACGIH hand activity level rating. 2014. PMID: 25343278

  23. Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Merlino L, Gerr F, Rempel D. Biomechanical risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study of 2474 workers. 2014. PMID: 25324489

  24. Kapellusch Jm JM, Gerr FE, Malloy EJ, Garg A, Harris-Adamson C, Bao SS, Burt SE, Dale AM, Eisen EA, Evanoff BA, Hegmann KT, Silverstein BA, Theise MS, Rempel DM. Exposure-response relationships for the ACGIH threshold limit value for hand-activity level: results from a pooled data study of carpal tunnel syndrome. 2014. PMID: 25266844

  25. Thiese MS, Gerr F, Hegmann KT, Harris-Adamson C, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Eisen EA, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Merlino L, Rempel D. Effects of varying case definition on carpal tunnel syndrome prevalence estimates in a pooled cohort. 2014. PMID: 25175160

  26. Ko P, Mohapatra A, Bailey IL, Sheedy J, Rempel DM. Effect of font size and glare on computer tasks in young and older adults. 2014. PMID: 24830373

  27. Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EC, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Silverstein B, Bao S, Merlino L, Gerr F, Rempel D. Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study cohort: author response. 2014. PMID: 24503336

  28. Harris-Adamson C, You D, Eisen EA, Goldberg R, Rempel D. The impact of posture on wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers: the San Francisco study. 2014. PMID: 24669549

  29. Pereira A, Lee DL, Sadeeshkumar H, Laroche C, Odell D, Rempel D. The effect of keyboard key spacing on typing speed, error, usability, and biomechanics: Part 1. 2013. PMID: 23829030

  30. Kapellusch JM, Garg A, Bao SS, Silverstein BA, Burt SE, Dale AM, Evanoff BA, Gerr FE, Harris-Adamson C, Hegmann KT, Merlino LA, Rempel DM. Pooling job physical exposure data from multiple independent studies in a consortium study of carpal tunnel syndrome. 2013. PMID: 23697792

  31. Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EA, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Kapellusch JM, Garg A, Burt S, Bao S, Silverstein B, Gerr F, Merlino L, Rempel D. Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study cohort. 2013. PMID: 23645610

  32. Taylor WC, King KE, Shegog R, Paxton RJ, Evans-Hudnall GL, Rempel DM, Chen V, Yancey AK. Booster Breaks in the workplace: participants' perspectives on health-promoting work breaks. 2013. PMID: 23466367

  33. Dale AM, Harris-Adamson C, Rempel D, Gerr F, Hegmann K, Silverstein B, Burt S, Garg A, Kapellusch J, Merlino L, Thiese MS, Eisen EA, Evanoff B. Prevalence and incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in US working populations: pooled analysis of six prospective studies. 2013. PMID: 23423472

  34. Lichty MG, Janowitz IL, Rempel DM. Ergonomic evaluation of ten single-channel pipettes. 2011. PMID: 21673445

  35. Rempel P, Janowitz I, Alexandre M, Lee DL, Rempel D. The effect of two alternative arm supports on shoulder and upper back muscle loading during pipetting. 2011. PMID: 21673447

  36. Story MF, Winters JM, Lemke MR, Barr A, Omiatek E, Janowitz I, Brafman D, Rempel D. Development of a method for evaluating accessibility of medical equipment for patients with disabilities. 2010. PMID: 20723883

  37. Kennedy CA, Amick BC, Dennerlein JT, Brewer S, Catli S, Williams R, Serra C, Gerr F, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Franzblau A, Van Eerd D, Evanoff B, Rempel D. Systematic review of the role of occupational health and safety interventions in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms, signs, disorders, injuries, claims and lost time. 2010. PMID: 19885644

  38. Rempel D, Star D, Barr A, Janowitz I. Overhead drilling: comparing three bases for aligning a drilling jig to vertical. 2010. PMID: 20630276

  39. Rempel D, Star D, Barr A, Blanco MM, Janowitz I. Field evaluation of a modified intervention for overhead drilling. 2010. PMID: 20094939

  40. Wang PC, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Rempel DM, Ritz BR. Follow-up of neck and shoulder pain among sewing machine operators: The Los Angeles garment study. Volume 53 of Issue 4. 2010. PMID: 20017187

  41. Taylor WC, Shegog R, Chen V, Rempel DM, Baun MP, Bush CL, Green T, Hare-Everline N. The Booster Break program: description and feasibility test of a worksite physical activity daily practice. 2010. PMID: 21099018

  42. Rempel D, Star D, Barr A, Gibbons B, Janowitz I. A new method for overhead drilling. 2009. PMID: 19941190

  43. Shergill AK, McQuaid KR, Rempel D. Ergonomics and GI endoscopy. 2009. PMID: 19559836

  44. Chaumont Menéndez C, Amick Iii BC, Joe Chang CH, Harrist RB, Jenkins M, Robertson M, Janowitz I, Rempel DM, Katz JN, Dennerlein JT. Evaluation of two posture survey instruments for assessing computing postures among college students. 2009. PMID: 20075519

  45. Shergill AK, Asundi KR, Barr A, Shah JN, Ryan JC, McQuaid KR, Rempel D. Pinch force and forearm-muscle load during routine colonoscopy: a pilot study. 2009. PMID: 19111694

  46. Wang PC, Rempel DM, Hurwitz EL, Harrison RJ, Janowitz I, Ritz BR. Self-reported pain and physical signs for musculoskeletal disorders in the upper body region among Los Angeles garment workers. Volume 34 of Issue 1. 2009. PMID: 19923678

  47. Rempel D, Nathan-Roberts D, Chen BY, Odell D. The effects of split keyboard geometry on upper body postures. 2009. PMID: 19308823

  48. Story MF, Luce AC, Leung A, Omiatek EM, Lemke MR, Rempel DM. Accessibility of radiology equipment for patients with mobility disabilities. 2008. PMID: 19110840

  49. Rempel DM, Keir PJ, Bach JM. Effect of wrist posture on carpal tunnel pressure while typing. 2008. PMID: 18383144

  50. Rempel D. The split keyboard: an ergonomics success story. 2008. PMID: 18689043

  51. Rogers MS, Barr AB, Kasemsontitum B, Rempel DM. A three-dimensional anthropometric solid model of the hand based on landmark measurements. 2008. PMID: 18357538

  52. Wang PC, Ritz BR, Janowitz I, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Chan J, Rempel DM. A randomized controlled trial of chair interventions on back and hip pain among sewing machine operators: the los angeles garment study. Volume 50 of Issue 3. 2008. PMID: 18332775

  53. Rempel DM, Star D, Gibbons B, Barr A, Janowitz I. DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A NEW DEVICE FOR OVERHEAD DRILLING. 2007. PMID: 19079737

  54. Rempel D, Willms K, Anshel J, Jaschinski W, Sheedy J. The effects of visual display distance on eye accommodation, head posture, and vision and neck symptoms. 2007. PMID: 17915601

  55. Asundi K, Rempel D. Ex vivo mechanical loading of tendon. 2007. PMID: 18979013

  56. Keir PJ, Bach JM, Hudes M, Rempel DM. Guidelines for wrist posture based on carpal tunnel pressure thresholds. 2007. PMID: 17315846

  57. Menéndez CC, Amick BC, Jenkins M, Janowitz I, Rempel DM, Robertson M, Dennerlein JT, Chang CH, Katz JN. A multi-method study evaluating computing-related risk factors among college students. 2007. PMID: 17522450

  58. Dong H, Loomer P, Villanueva A, Rempel D. Pinch forces and instrument tip forces during periodontal scaling. 2007. PMID: 17199545

  59. Nikanjam M, Kursa K, Lehman S, Lattanza L, Diao E, Rempel D. Finger flexor motor control patterns during active flexion: an in vivo tendon force study. 2006. PMID: 17173995

  60. Dong H, Loomer P, Barr A, Laroche C, Young E, Rempel D. The effect of tool handle shape on hand muscle load and pinch force in a simulated dental scaling task. 2006. PMID: 17156742

  61. Villanueva A, Dong H, Rempel D. A biomechanical analysis of applied pinch force during periodontal scaling. 2006. PMID: 17052721

  62. Brewer S, Van Eerd D, Amick BC, Irvin E, Daum KM, Gerr F, Moore JS, Cullen K, Rempel D. Workplace interventions to prevent musculoskeletal and visual symptoms and disorders among computer users: a systematic review. 2006. PMID: 16933148

  63. Dong H, Barr A, Loomer P, Laroche C, Young E, Rempel D. The effects of periodontal instrument handle design on hand muscle load and pinch force. 2006. PMID: 16873329

  64. Rempel D, Barr A, Brafman D, Young E. The effect of six keyboard designs on wrist and forearm postures. 2006. PMID: 16806042

  65. Conlon CF, Rempel DM. Upper extremity mononeuropathy among engineers. 2005. PMID: 16340709

  66. Janowitz IL, Gillen M, Ryan G, Rempel D, Trupin L, Swig L, Mullen K, Rugulies R, Blanc PD. Measuring the physical demands of work in hospital settings: design and implementation of an ergonomics assessment. Volume 37 of Issue 5. 2005. PMID: 16226213

  67. Nakama LH, King KB, Abrahamsson S, Rempel DM. Evidence of tendon microtears due to cyclical loading in an in vivo tendinopathy model. 2005. PMID: 16140201

  68. Schlossberg EB, Morrow S, Llosa AE, Mamary E, Dietrich P, Rempel DM. Upper extremity pain and computer use among engineering graduate students. 2004. PMID: 15307128

  69. Rempel DM, Diao E. Entrapment neuropathies: pathophysiology and pathogenesis. 2004. PMID: 14759752

  70. Lemke MR, Winters JM, Danturthi S, Campbell S, Story MF, Barr A, Rempel DM. A mobile tool for accessibility and usability testing of medical instrumentation. 2004. PMID: 17271416