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Friday, September 25, 2015

Symposium: Celebrating Dr. Irving J. Selikoff

Friday, October 16, 2015, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Davis Auditorium, Hess Building, 1470 Madison Ave (between 101st and 102nd Sts)

Program Overview
: This symposium will examine the lasting impact of the legacy of Dr. Irving J. Selikoff (January 15, 1915-May 20, 1992) on occupational health and safety in the United States. Considered the father of occupational medicine, he is remembered for his seminal research on asbestos-related illnesses, his tireless advocacy for worker safety and health protections, and his contributions to the establishment of federal asbestos regulations. 

Photo Exhibit
  In conjunction with the symposium, there will be an exhibit by photographer Earl Dotter on display titled Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers. Guggenheim Pavilion Atrium, 1468 Madison Avenue.

Who should attend?
 This symposium is open to the public and intended for faculty, residents, students, and members of the occupational health and safety community.

Mount Sinai Organizing Committee  
Madelynn Azar-Cavanagh, MD; Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc; Roberto Lucchini, MD; John D. Meyer, MD, MPH; Barbara J. Niss; Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH

 There is no fee to attend this event. Click here to register for this event or email Please note that space is limited and early registration is encouraged. 

Special Needs
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is in full compliance with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is accessible for individuals with special needs. If you would like to attend this conference and require any special needs or accommodations, please contact



8:00 AM 
Breakfast and Check-in

9:00 AM 
Welcome Remarks

Robert O. Wright, MD, Chair, Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, Dean for Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and Director, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

John Howard, MD, MPH, LLM, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Program Moderator

Roberto Lucchini, MD, Director, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

9:30 AM
 Irving J. Selikoff in History

Albert Miller, MD, Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Emeritus Clinical Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

9:50 AM
 Asbestos and Selikoff’s role in the Reconception of Responsibility for Chronic Disease in a pre-OSHA era

David K. Rosner, PhD, MPH, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

10:10 AM 

10:25 AM
 Update of the Selikoff’s Insulators’ Asbestos Cohort

Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York

10:45 AM
 Pneumoconiosis and Autoimmune Disease from an Historical Perspective

Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine and Endowed Chair, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California San Francisco

11:05 AM 
Perspectives on Dr. Selikoff’s Contributions to Public Health and Safety Laws

Neil T. Leifer, Esq., Neil T Leifer, LLC, Auburndale, MA

11:25 AM
 Trends Today: Global Spread of Asbestos to Developing World

Barry I. Castleman, ScD, Author of Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects

11:45 AM 

12:05 PM 
Introduction of Photo Exhibit

 Linda Reinstein, President/CEO, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization 

12:10 PM
 Closing Remarks

Madelynn Azar-Cavanagh, MD, Medical Director, Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health

Symposium: Celebrating Dr. Irving J. Selikoff
Sponsored by the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai