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Expert in Occupational Medicine, Fitness for Duty, Medical Issues in Regulated Industries, OSHA Evaluations

Expert ID: 726894 Minnesota, USA

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Expert started his medical career in Family Medicine and this specialty was at least 50% of his practice for 20 years. He has been in full time practice in occupational medicine for the past 8 years. He completed specialty training in Occupational/Preventive Medicine and became board certified 6 years ago. Occupational medicine has been a substantial part of his practice for over 20 years. His occupational medicine practice has included evaluation and management of a wide variety of occupational injuries and illnesses, consulting work for a variety of industries as well as part-time medical directorship for occupational medicine departments in healthcare and manufacturing. With this type of practice, he has been able to remain familiar with the wide variety of occupational and general medical issues that were part of my training and certification. His practice also requires that he remains current with changes in regulatory guidelines and legal requirements that relate to occupational medicine.

Since 1994 he has worked with hospital based occupational medicine programs and has provided hazard recognition and remediation consultation to local industries including manufacturing, transportation, educational institutions, shipping, mining & health care.In 1997 he set up an internal hearing conservation program for a 2400 employee manufacturing facility.In 2005 he assisted a local medical group and mining company in setting up programs in hearing conservation, respiratory protection & medical monitoring and continues to serve as occupational medicine advisor.In 2008 he helped develop a strategy for Great Lakes shipping companies in responding to US Coast Guard changes in medical requirements and licensing processes.In December of 2008, he advised a 2000 employee health care system on adaptation to FMLA changes with focus on the questions of return to work and fitness for duty evaluations.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Duluth, Minnesota

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: MPH Subject: Occupational Medicine/Preventive Medicine Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Year: 1978 Degree: MD Subject: Medicine Institution: University of Wisconsin
Year: 1975 Degree: BA Subject: Medical Sciences Institution: University of Wisconsin

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Medical Director Department: Occupational Medicine Responsibilities: He is responsible for directing the medical program for occupational services for regional employers and the internal occupational health department for the St. Luke's regional health care system that serves NW Wisconsin and NE Minnesota.
Years: 1994 to 2004 Employer: Aurora Health Care Title: Chief of Department of Family Medicine and site medical director for occupational medicine services Department: Occupational Medicine and Family Medicine Responsibilities: He practiced clinical and occupational medicine and served for 8 years as the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine. The latter position required supervision of clinical practice, development and implementation of quality improvement projects and organizing continuing education. His occupational medicine practice was both clinic based and as a subcontracted medical director to Delphi Automotive Systems at a facility manufacturing catalytic converters and electrical components. In that capacity he was responsible for programs in hearing conservation, ergonomics, safety, medical fitness for duty and medical liason to the Employee Assistance Program.
Years: 1988 to 1994 Employer: Milwaukee Industrial Clinic Title: Clinic physician Department: Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine Responsibilities: He was primarily responsible for the medical care of primary care clinic patients, but also provided care for acute occupational injuries and illnesses as well as medical evaluations for federally regulated industries.
Years: 1983 to 1988 Employer: Self Title: Clinic physician Department: Family Medicine Responsibilities: He provided primary care medical services in a medically underserved neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Years: 1981 to 1983 Employer: National Health Service Corps Title: Clinic Physician Department: Community Health Center Responsibilities: He provided general medical services in a medically underserved neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1981 to 1985 Agency: US National Health Service Corps Role: Physician Description: Providing primary care medical services to population in medically underserved area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Years: 2001 to 2004 Agency: FBI Role: Regional medical director Description: Organize & provide occupational medical services for agents out of Milwaukee Regional Office. This included fitness for duty evaluations, preventive medicine services, travel medicine and work injury & illness care.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Central States Occupational Medicine Association
Minnesota Occupational & Environmental Medicine Association
American Academy of Family Practice
Minnesota Medical Association
Lake Superior Medical Association
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Medical Review Officer
Professional Appointments
Medical Director of St. Luke's Hospital System Occupational Medicine Program
Member of Minnesota Medical Association Subcommittee on Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Awards / Recognition
AOA Medical Honor Society

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has occassionally provided depositions in contested medical care cases.
Training / Seminars
He developed and delivered a half day seminar on prevention of occupational illnesses and injuries for the Northeast Region of the Minnesota Safety Council.
Marketing Experience
He has unique experience in working with the maritime industry around fitness for duty and coast guard medical qualification. He has had longstanding work in quality improvement and prevention of illness and injury in both healthcare and manufacturing. The St. Luke's program for employee influenza vaccination has been nationally recognized in JCAHCO publications.

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