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Environmental Medicine

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The University of Missouri Environmental Medicine Program performs routine medical surveillance for individuals who need employment-related medical exams, testing or services. Persons whose jobs entail special medical risks are usually protected in part by Federal rules, which require the employer to offer medical examinations or services that should discover and/or prevent work-related injuries. Examples are persons exposed to hazardous materials such as emergency responders, inspectors of hazardous waste sites, construction workers and members of the military.

Examinations are performed according to Federal regulations and other applicable standards and recommendations. Aside from their occupational or environmental risks, these individuals are similar to the general population. It is always both challenging and gratifying to practice preventative care in this unique setting. Smoking cessation, for example, is a particular priority for persons who have additional cancer and/or respiratory risks because of their work exposures.

Effective in 2011, Vasmi Guntur, MD, began serving as the Acting Director of the Environmental Medicine Program. She, along with several other faculty members, will assist pulmonary fellows in learning how to conduct medical interventional examinations and preventative medicine consultations in Occupational Health. For questions about the program, or to schedule an Occupational Medicine clinic appointment, please contact Mary P. Andersen, MS, Sr. Research Specialist, at (573) 882-9072.


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