Speakers

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Speakers

Lee Steven Glass MD, JD

Lee Steven Glass MD, JD is Associate Medical Director for the state of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries. He functions as an executive level policy advisor for cost-effective, quality health care and prevention services. Dr. Glass received his BA and JD from the University of California, and his MD from the University of Washington. Dr. Glass is a member of ACOEM and has written and lectured extensively on occupational health, disability, and practice guidelines. He was the editor of the ACOEM Practice Guidelines, 2nd Edition.

No relevant financial relationships

Ken Zafren, MD

Ken Zafren, MD lives in Anchorage, Alaska. He is an emergency physician at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage and at the Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California, where he is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Zafren is the Associate Medical Director of the Himalayan Rescue Association (Nepal) and a former Vice President of the International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine (ICAR MEDCOM). Dr. Zafren served for 16 years as the Emergency Programs Medical Director for the State of Alaska.

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Anil Mathur, MS, MBA

Anil Mathur, MS, MBA has been the President and CEO of Alaska Tanker Company since 2001. ATC is one of the safest tanker companies in the world. His career in operations includes running operations in harsh, difficult environments on the North Slope of Alaska; in the North Sea one hundred miles off the coast of Scotland; and now running ocean going oil tankers from Alaska to California and Washington. In 2005, he was named “CEO who gets it” by the National Safety Council, received the ASSE President’s Award in 2011, was recognized in 2013 by the AFL-CIO, and has received commendations from senior US and state government elected officials and regulators. Currently, Anil is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Safety Professionals. Anil has an MS in Engineering from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

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Debra Cherry, MD, MS

Debra Cherry, MD, MS is the director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency and an Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. She joined the UW OEM faculty in 2013 after serving on the OEM faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, TX for 13 years. She conducted a study of chronic health risks in a sample of commercial fishermen in Cordova, AK in 2014. Her interests include:

  • Health promotion and occupational risk factors in commercial fishermen
  • Addressing occupational exposure to vapors from processing nuclear waste
  • Resident and medical student education in occupational medicine

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Dr Richard J L Heron, MD, ChB FRCP, FRCP (Edin), FFOM FACOEM

Dr Richard J L Heron, MD, ChB FRCP, FRCP (Edin), FFOM FACOEM is the Vice-President Health and Chief Medical Officer at British Petroleum with responsibility for strategic development of the BP Group Health agenda including Employee Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Hygiene requirements for ~75,000 employees and Community and Public Health matters in the countries where BP operates. He is co-chair of the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative, past president of the UK Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in both London and Edinburgh, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He trained in internal medicine in UK and Auckland, New Zealand, before specializing in Occupational Medicine. Prior to joining BP, Richard was Head of Global Safety, Health and Risk Management at AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals. Richard is also honorary Professorial Fellow of International Business and Health, Department of Medicine, University of Nottingham. His specialist interests include the relationship between health and productivity and work-related mental health, and he serves on variety of expert groups in the UK.

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Dr. Marie Vrablik, MD, MCR

Dr. Marie Vrablik, MD, MCR is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and the associate medical director of quality improvement and patient safety at the Harborview Medical Center Emergency Department (ED). She received her MD from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and trained in emergency medicine at Indiana University, where she also received a Master of Science in clinical research. She is interested in safety in the ED, including provider and patient safety, as well as operations and quality improvement processes. Other research interests include leadership training through simulation. She enjoys teaching and mentoring both individual and group projects in these fields. Resident projects include telehealth study on wound care follow up in the ED, a multi-center retrospective study on improving detection of adverse ED events, and utilization of electronic platforms to improve care coordination.

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Paula A. Lantsberger, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Paula A. Lantsberger, MD, MPH, FACOEM has served the employers and workers of the Inland Northwest since 1988 in the practice of Occupational Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine with Internal Medicine Spokane, affiliated with the University of Washington. She served as the associate medical director of Occupational Medicine at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane for 5 years, then founded Occupational Medicine Associates. Dr. Lantsberger completed a master's in Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed a residency program with the University of Pennsylvania, and continues to practice and serve as the president of Occupational Medicine Associates in Spokane. She is Board Certified by the ABPM in Occupational and Preventive Medicine and holds a certificate as a Medical Review Officer. Dr. Lantsberger is an active member of the Northwest Occupational Medicine Association, serving as an officer and board member for many years, and is an active member of ACOEM.

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Bruce J. Kelman, Ph.D

Bruce J. Kelman, Ph.D is certified in toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, and is admitted as a European Registered Toxicologist in both the United Kingdom and EUROTOX registries. Dr. Kelman has held positions as Principal Toxicologist and President of Veritox®, Inc. since 1998. He has more than 40 years of experience in toxicology and has served as a consultant and expert in investigations across North America, Asia, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Kelman has experience with a broad range of chemical and physical agents, exposure scenarios, and routes of exposure. He has evaluated numerous claims of personal injury and health impacts from many chemicals and drugs, and has presented a variety of health risk concepts to policy makers, government regulators, citizen groups, and individuals. Dr. Kelman is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the American College of Medical Toxicology, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Toxicology. He was a co-author of the evidence-based position statement “Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment” issued by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and has received best paper awards from the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and Society of Toxicology.

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Dr. David Turner

Dr. David Turner is British Petroleum’s Regional Health Director for the US and Canada. In this capacity, he provides technical support to the local BP health teams and supports BP’s global health agenda through the development and implementation of health policy and processes, while also providing an assurance role supporting overall regulatory compliance. His work with industrial firefighters included serving as the co-chair for an ACOEM Presidential Task Force convened in October 2014 to develop medical assessment and fitness-for-duty guidelines for this population. The results were published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Turner continues his work in this area as a member of the ACOEM Public Safety Committee.

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Byron Perkins, DO

Byron Perkins, DO is a graduate of the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO, 1984. After completing an internship at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and Osteopathic Family Practice residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, he began his medical practice at the Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome, and practiced at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, before co-founding Cornerstone Clinic Medical and Counseling Center. Board certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine, his current practice focuses on primary care, mental health, wellness, musculoskeletal injuries and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Dr. Perkins was introduced to the Fascial Distortion Model – or FDM - by Dr. Stephen Typaldos, DO, in 2004, and has been practicing in the model ever since. He was instrumental in the founding of the American Fascial Distortion Association in 2007, served as its President from 2009-2011. He became a Certified FDM Instructor in 2008, and has lectured nationally and internationally since that time. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Fascial Distortion Model Association. In 2010, the Center for Osteopathic Research and Education was dedicated at Cornerstone Clinic, and for the past 13 years, 90% of Dr. Perkins’ clinical work has involved Osteopathic Manipulation utilizing the FDM.

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UW OEM Trainee Program

Richard Taing, MD

Richard Taing, MD is a current trainee in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington. He had training in internal medicine prior to entering OEM. He currently serves on the University of Washington Housestaff Association Collective Bargaining Committee.

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Lt. Col. Duane Robinson, MD

Lt. Col. Duane Robinson, MD is an Air Force Physician in his 3rd year of the Occupational Medicine Residency at the University of Washington. He is an Air Force Flight Surgeon and was the Medical Director for the US Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia from 2017-2018.

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Planning Committee

Minda G. Nieblas, MD, MPH

Conference Chair

Disclosure: Dr. Nieblas disclosed that she is an employee of BP and owns BP stock.

Jiho Bryson, MD, MPH

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Lee Glass, MD, JD

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Dean A. Grove, MD, MPH

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Peter Low, MD, MS

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Nancy J. Simcox, MS

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Richard Wagoner, MD

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Sarah Wolz, MS

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