Occupational Physician Review and Risk Communication as a Component of MGP Remediation
Dr. Marc Wilkenfeld, MD, Chief Division of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, NYU Winthrop Hospital
Increased risk of disease is a common concern among residents of MGP remediation sites. While Engineers and Other Environmental Professionals May have some knowledge of the risks of exposure we have found that community groups and other stakeholders prefer to discuss health issues with physicians. Unfortunately few physicians are trained to discuss the health risks of exposure to coal tar and other possible exposures inherent in MGP remediation. Any increase in Disease Risk is very rare in MGP remediation but it is important to have The risk explained by a qualified physician. This presentation will discuss the approach of a Board Certified Occupational/Environmental Physician in meeting with concerned residents and community groups at MGP sites. The review based on experience at multiple site remediations.
Dr. Wilkenfeld is Chief of Occupational/Environmental Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, NY. Dr. Wilkenfeld has practiced Occupational/Environmental Medicine for over twenty years evaluating and treating workers and other individuals with concerns over exposure to potentially toxic substances. He has also acted as Occupational Medicine Consultant to numerous Corporations, Unions, Universities and Government Agencies in The United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has lectured extensively and trained Medical Students and Residents in aspects of Occupational/Environmental Medicine. He has published two book chapters in the foremost Textbook of Occupational Medicine and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine.Dr Wilkenfeld is Past-President of The New York Occupational Medicine Association where he continues to serve on the Executive Board. He is currently Co-Chairman of the Environmental Health Section of The American College of Occupational/Environmental Medicine.