Kenneth D. Rosenman,
M.D., Professor, Division Chief
Melissa Millerick-May, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
The Division of Occupational
and Environmental Medicine in the Department of
Medicine has an active research and clinical program
to investigate and minimize the adverse health effects
of biological, chemical and mineral dust exposures in the home, community and workplace. The
Division also provides the teaching the CHM medical
students receive in occupational and environmental medicine.
The Chief of the Division is Kenneth Rosenman, M.D.
is board-certified in Occupational and Environmental
Medicine in addition to Internal Medicine. Melissa Millerick-May has training and expereince in epidemiology, industrial hygiene, and toxicology. Division
members include an epidemiologist, an industrial hygienist,
a nurse and research assistants. Research projects involve
both surveillance/ public health and etiologic studies.
Current research projects involve work-related asthma,
noise induced hearing loss, asthma mortality, silicosis,
chronic beryllium disease, lead toxicity, cadmium, lead,
mercury, and acute work-related traumatic deaths.
the request of the State of Michigan, the Division administers
the State’s Occupational Disease Reporting Law
that requires the reporting of all known or suspected
work-related illnesses. Approximately 12,000 reports
are received each year. On the average four first and
second year medical students work part-time interviewing
patients with work-related conditions. The clinical
program attracts patients from around the state who
are referred for assistance in diagnosis and management
of occupational and environmental related conditions.
Dr. Rosenman is one of the nine physicians in the state
certified by the Federal Government to interpret radiographs
Division's website contains information about the occupational
disease reporting law, including how-to report, copies
of the Division’s quarterly newsletters and annual
Contact information for students looking to work on
an occupational/environmental research project or students/residents
wishing to do an elective is also on the website. An
elective is available for 4th year medical students
and residents. The elective includes patient care and
site visits to workplaces and exposure sites in the