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

Director, Distinguished Professor

Lee Newman

Dr. Newman is a researcher, physician, public health practitioner, and educator. He is a distinguished 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
Weigel RH, Newman LS. Increasing Attitude-Behavior Correspondence by Broadening the Scope of the Behavioral Measure. J Personality and Soc Psych 1976 33:793-802.

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

Newman LS, Rose CS, Maier LA. Sarcoidosis. N Engl J Med 1997 336: 1224-34.

Martyny J, Glazer CS, Newman LS. Current Concepts: Respiratory Protection. N Engl J Med 2002 347:824-830.

Infante PF, Newman LS. Beryllium Exposure and Chronic Beryllium Disease. Lancet. 2004 363:415-6.

Newman LS, Rose CS, Bresnitz EA, Rossman MD, Barnard J, Frederick M et al. A Case Control Etiologic Study of Sarcoidosis: Environmental and Occupational Risk Factors. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2004 170:1324-30.

Mroz MM, Maier LA, Strand M, Silviera L, Newman LS. Beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test surveillance identifies clinically significant beryllium disease. Am J Indust Med 2009 52:762-73.

Witter RZ, McKenzie L, Stinson KE, Scott K, Newman LS, Adgate J. Framing Health Matters: The Use of Health Impact Assessment for a Community Undergoing Natural Gas Development. Am J Public Health 2013 103:1102-1010.

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.

Mason D, Tenney L, Hellyer P, Newman LS. Prescription Opioid Epidemic: Do Veterinarians Have a Dog in the Fight? Am J Pub Health 2018 108: 1162-3.

Johnson RJ, Wesseling C, Newman LS. Epidemic Chronic Kidney Disease in Agricultural Communities. N Engl J Med 2019 380: 1843-52.

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)

Communication Skills for Public Health Impact (EHOH 6638)

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 Upsilon 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

2019 designation as a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, the highest honor for faculty at CU

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