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Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP

Director, Professor

Lee Newman

Dr. Newman is a researcher, physician, public health practitioner, and educator. He is a professor in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is founding director of both the Center for Health, Work & Environment and the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center. He co-founded Health Links™ and the ColoradoSPH Certificate in Total Worker Health®. Dr. Newman is also a professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He was founding president and CEO of Axion Health, Inc., an occupational health information technology company. Dr. Newman is recognized for his scientific and practical contributions to occupational health and safety, Total Worker Health, immunotoxicology, biomarker development, occupational lung disease prevention and treatment, beryllium health effects, health informatics, medical surveillance, and intervention science. He has authored over 165 scientific papers and over 100 books, chapters, and monographs. Dr. Newman consults for government agencies, multi-national corporations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, labor groups, and community organizations. His favorite life role is as mentor, second only to husband and father. He is irrationally optimistic.

Research Interests
  • Total Worker Health, especially applied to small enterprises and internationally
  • Prevention of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
  • Workplace health promotion and health protection
  • Etiology of Occupational and Environmental Disorders
  • Immunotoxicology, especially immune effects of metals (beryllium)
  • Granulomatous Lung Disorders: Chronic Beryllium Disease and Sarcoidosis
  • Biomarker Development
  • Medical Surveillance in the workplace
  • Health informatics in Healthcare Industry
  • Etiology and Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease in agricultural workers

Key Publications
Mroz MM, Kreiss K, Lezotte DC, Campbell PA, Newman LS. Re-examination of the Blood Lymphocyte Transformation Test in the Diagnosis of Chronic Beryllium Disease. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1991; 88:54-60. PMID:2071785

Newman LS. Current Concepts: Occupational Illness. N Engl J Med 1995; 333:1128-1134.

Stange AW, McInerney J, Golden A, Neill B, Mayer A, Witter R, Stinson K, Cragle D, Newman LS. Integrated Approach to Health Screening of Former Department of Energy Workers Detects Both Occupational and Non-Occupational Illness. Am J Ind Med 2016 59: 200-11. PMID: 26891339.

Jinnett K, Schwatka, N, Brockbank C, Tenney L, Newman LS. Chronic conditions, workplace safety, and job demands contribute to absenteeism and job performance. Health Affairs (Millwood) 2017 36: 237-244. PMID: 28167711.

Health risk factors as predictors of workers’ compensation claim occurrence and costs. Schwatka NV, Atherly A, Dally MJ, Fang H, vS Brockbank C, Tenney L, Goetzel RZ, Jinnett K, Witter R, Reynolds S, McMillen J, Newman LS. Occup Environ Med. 2017 Jan;74(1):14-23. PMID: 27530688.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health (EHOH 6614)

Health Protection and Health Promotion in the Workplace (EHOH 6628)

Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (EHOH 6617)

Certificate in Total Worker Health, Co-Director


BA, Amherst College, 1975

MA, Cornell University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1977

MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1980

Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, Emory University 1983

Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado, 1987

Honors and Awards

1990 Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP)

2004 Fellow, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM)

2004 Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini

2011 Delta Omega, National Public Health Honorary Society (Alpha Epsilon Chapter President)

2012 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Colorado, CU Anschutz

2015 Diversity Award, CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Diversity Steering Council

2016 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Colorado, CU Anschutz

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