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  • Mark A. Roberts, MD, Principle Scientist for Exponent, Inc., Named ACOEM President

    Mark A. Roberts, MD, PHD, MPH, FACOEM, Principal Scientist at Exponent, Inc., Chicago, Ill., is the new President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the nation’s largest association representing occupational and environmental physicians. Dr. Roberts was installed May 6 during ACOEM’s 2015 American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Baltimore, Md.

    Roberts, MarkDr. Roberts’ areas of expertise include clinical occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) as well as the epidemiology of health complaints in communities and industrial settings. His corporate experience includes management of global health issues, clinical services, product liability issues, medical surveillance, fatality investigations, health benefit plan consultations, and work in the health, safety, and health benefits arena. His public health expertise involves treating infectious disease and evaluating environmental health issues.

    In his inaugural address in Baltimore, Dr. Roberts urged “a new era of collaboration and cooperation with colleagues by working together to make the workplace safer and the worker healthier.” He expressed his vision for the College in the coming year is to “further strengthen our reputation as a leader in evidence-based science and policy making” and stated “ACOEM should place evidence based thinking at the very top of our decision-making process.” Dr. Roberts believes “our guidelines, policy statements and advocacy in Washington, D.C. should all be firmly rooted in the best science — all of these things together will raise our visibility and relevance in the health care system.”

    Dr. Roberts received his medical degree from Oklahoma University College of Medicine and his MPH and PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma School of Public Health, Oklahoma City. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, certified in occupational medicine.

    A member of the College since 1987, Dr. Roberts was elevated to Fellowship in 1992. In addition to his current role as President of ACOEM, he has served as Vice President and Director. Dr. Roberts was also general conference chair of the 2002 AOHC and, as ACOEM President, will welcome the centennial AOHC to Chicago in April 2016.

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    About ACOEM — The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine represents nearly 4,500 physicians specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education. For more information, visit www.acoem.org.

    About AOHC — More than 1,000 occupational and environmental physicians, health care providers, policy makers, vendors, government employees and other health-related professionals are participating at AOHC, which focuses on health and safety in the workplace. The meeting annually offers education, training and policy discussions for occupational and environmental medicine physicians, specially trained in the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of injuries and illnesses related to environmental and occupational exposures.