William Rom

William Rom
Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine (NYU School of Medicine)

William N. Rom MD, MPH has been at NYU since 1989 as Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine and Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The Division has 75 full-time faculty and over 25 fellows. His research is on early detection of lung cancer, environmental lung disease, TB/AIDS, and air pollution. He and his faculty have been awarded over $125M in NIH and CDC grants over the years. He is editor of 4 editions of Environmental and Occupational Medicine and 2 editions of Tuberculosis. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles. He Chairs the American Thoracic Society's Environmental Health Policy Committee that advocates science-based air pollution standards. He has been a Fellow in the Department of Interior on National Parks and was a Senior Investigator at the NHLBI, NIH for 6 years deciphering the mechanisms of asbestosis. He was a Legislative Fellow for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and wrote the Family Asthma Bill, the Caribbean Wilderness Act, and the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Bill. He was the Founder and Director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah. He was a wilderness canoe guide in the BWCA and Quetico for 8 years, is a member of The Explorer's Club with three flag expeditions, is the author of Canoe Country Wilderness.

Semester Course
Spring 2010 PADM-GP.2466.001 Current Issues in Environmental Policy
This course is an introduction to major environmental policy issues and examines the role of government in the control of environmental exposures. An important focus of the course is an assessment of the role of policy analysis in the formation and implementation of national and local environmental policy. The course covers the legal basis for environmental action from the beginnings of The Clean Air Act, The Wilderness Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act to international treaties. The sources of pollution and threats to environmental integrity are scrutinized in detail. Consequences of pollution on the environment and health are considered. Potential policy alternatives for solutions are discussed. Importantly, the health studies including epidemiology, human exposures, animal models, and in vitro cell studies are reviewed. Science-based environmental regulation versus cost-benefit scenarios and advocacy by regulated industry and public health organizations are highlighted. The course covers air pollution, global warming and land use with an emphasis on wilderness protection.
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Spring 2009 PADM-GP.2466.001 Current Issues in Environmental Policy
This course is an introduction to major environmental policy issues and examines the role of government in the control of environmental exposures. An important focus of the course is an assessment of the role of policy analysis in the formation and implementation of national and local environmental policy. The course covers the legal basis for environmental action from the beginnings of The Clean Air Act, The Wilderness Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act to international treaties. The sources of pollution and threats to environmental integrity are scrutinized in detail. Consequences of pollution on the environment and health are considered. Potential policy alternatives for solutions are discussed. Importantly, the health studies including epidemiology, human exposures, animal models, and in vitro cell studies are reviewed. Science-based environmental regulation versus cost-benefit scenarios and advocacy by regulated industry and public health organizations are highlighted. The course covers air pollution, global warming and land use with an emphasis on wilderness protection.
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Date Publication/Paper
1984

Rom, W.N. & Lockey, J.E., Lee, J.S., Kimball, C., Ki Moon, B., Leaman, H., …& Gibbons, H.L. 1984. Pneumoconiosis and Exposure of Dental Laboratory Technicians American Journal of Public Health, Nov 1984, Vol. 74 Issue 11, p1252-1257, 6p
Abstract

One hundred and seventy-eight denial laboratory technicians and 69 non-exposed controls participated in an epidemiological respiratory study. Eight technicians who had a mean of 28 years' grinding nonprecious metal alloys were diagnosed as having a simple pneumoconiosis by chest radiograph. Mean value for per cent predicted FVC and FEV[sub 1] were reduced among male nonsmoker technicians compared to male nonsmoker controls: after controlling for age. there was also a reduction in spirometry with increasing work years. An industrial hygiene survey was conducted in 13 laboratories randomly selected from 42 laboratories stratified by size and type of operation in the Sah Lake City, Utah metropolitan area. Personal exposures to beryllium and cobalt exceeded the Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) in one laboratory. Occupational exposures ia dental laboratories need to be controlled to prevent beryllium-related lung disorders as well as simple pneumoconiosis.