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Lemen Richard A.

E-mail: richard@ralemen.org

Dr. Richard A. Lemen graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri; received a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the University of Missouri; and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his professional career with the Missouri Department of Health where he served for two years as District Sanitarian. He then served in the United States Army for the next two years as a Preventive Medicine Specialist, after which he received a commission into the United States Public Health Service from which he retired in 1996 attaining the rank of Rear Admiral and the role of Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Lemen spent his United States Public Health Service career specializing in occupational health and safety within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Lemen held several positions within the Institute rising to Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Institute.

Dr. Lemen currently is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is a private consultant in Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Lemen also served as Senior Scientist to the Center to Protect Workers Rights, in Washington, D.C. (1996 - 1998). He has received may awards including the highest award of the United States Public Health Service, the Distinguished Service Medal; the second highest award, the Meritorious Service Medal; the Surgeon Generals Explanatory Service Medal; and many others including Commendation Medals from both the U. S. Army and the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Lemen was past Chairman of the WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health. Dr. Lemen is currently an Expert Consultant to the Director General of the World Health Organization on Occupational Health and has completed the Scholars Program of the Public Health Leadership Institute, from the Consortium of Schools of Public Health of the University of California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Lemen is currently President of the Society for Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Lemen's research areas include the epidemiology of occupationally induced diseases, risk analysis, ethics in occupational health, and the effects of technology transfer from industrially developed nations to the newly industrially developing nations. Dr. Lemen has authored many scientific papers, book chapters, and given scientific presentations throughout much of the World and has testified many times on occupational health and safety issues before the Congress of the United States. Dr. Lemen is co-editor of the book Dust and Disease, and is an associate editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and an International Contributing Editor to the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health.

Dr. Lemen is a Fellow (elected) of the Collegium Ramazzini and currently lives in the Atlanta Georgia area of the United States.


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