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Affiliation: 
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Department: 
Work Environment
Expertise: 
Epidemiology

Biography

DAVID H. WEGMAN is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was founding chair of the Department of Work Environment as well as Dean of the School of Health and Environment. He also serves as Vice President of the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health. Dr. Wegman’s epidemiologic research includes study of acute and chronic occupational respiratory disease, cancer risk and musculoskeletal disorders with additional interests in study of subjective outcomes as early indicators of health effects, surveillance of occupational conditions and risks, and occupational health policy. He is currently directing a study of occupation and chronic kidney disease in sugarcane workers in El Salvador. He is a National Associate of the National Academies. He has served on or chaired a number of Academy committees, most recently chairing the committees addressing, Occupational Information and Electronic Health Records, and Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure. Dr. Wegman chaired the MSHA Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Pneumoconiosis Among Coal Mine Workers and previously served on the Boards of Scientific Counselors for NIOSH and for the National Toxicology Program as well as on the EPA Science Advisory Board. In 1998 he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship for study of Health and Safety of Older workers in Sweden and in 2006 he was appointed chair of the International Evaluation Group for an analysis of Occupational Health Research in Sweden. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and both his M.D. and M.Sc. from Harvard University.