Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

5/11/09: Global Climate Change and Health

Global Climate Change and Health

Image: William N. Rom M.D., M.P.H.
Photo credit: NYU Langone Medical Center
Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, May 11, 2009

8:00 am
Einstein, Forchheimer Building, 1st Floor Lecture Hall
(CME forms are located on the first and second floors of Forchheimer)

Note:Medicine Grand Rounds will only be held at Forchheimer this week.


William N. Rom, MD, MPH
Sol & Judith Bergstein Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine
Director, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Bellevue Chest Service
NYU School of Medicine

As Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Bellevue Chest Service, Dr. William Rom supervises 80 faculty, 21 pulmonary and critical care fellows, 6 T32 environmental medicine research fellows, and has trained more than 150 fellows. He has published over 500 papers and abstracts, and edits Tuberculosis, 2nd Edition, Environmental and Occupational Medicine 4th Edition, and Environmental Policy. He is Director of the NYU Lung Cancer Biomarker Center and has had several research grants on tuberculosis and AIDS with a research site at the University of Cape Town. He was Program Director of the GCRC for 18 years.

Dr. Rom grew up as a wilderness canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico leading canoe expeditions down the Albany River to James Bay, across Canada on the Churchill River to Hudson Bay, and down the Back River to the Arctic. He is the author of Canoe Country Wilderness. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. He also studied Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, climbed the Matterhorn, Kilimanjaro, and skied the Tasman Glacier in New Zealand.

Dr. Rom was a medicine resident at the University of California, Davis and earned the MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. He was a pulmonary and environmental medicine research fellow under Dr. Irving Selikoff at Mt. Sinai and studied asbestos workers, PBB and PCB-exposed workers, lead exposure, etc. He was Founder and Director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah, where he conducted clinical epidemiological studies of coal miners, trona miners, oil shale workers, smelter workers, etc. He was a Senior Investigator at the Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, NIH where he elucidated the mechanisms of fibrosis due to inorganic dusts, purified the macrophage IGF-I, and studied tropical pulmonary eosinophilia in India. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he teaches "Current Issues in Environmental Policy." He as served as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Hillary Clinton during a recent sabbatical.

Dr. Rom is a member of The Explorer's Club and has been leader of four Flag expeditions: first, to climb Bob Marshall's mountain, Mt Doonerak, in the Brooks Range of Alaska; second, to be the first Westerners to climb Mt. Geladaintong 21,730 feet, the source of the Yangtze River in the Kun Lun Range in northern Tibet; third, to cross the island of South Georgia in the Antarctic along Sir Ernest Shackleton's route; and fourth, to explore northwest Greenland by dogsled with the Polar inuit.

Medicine Grand Rounds this week is hosted by the Division of Pulmonary Medicine.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Know that greenhouse gases and black soot are causing global warming, and the consequences of climate change for the planet
  2. Understand that global warming has caused heat waves that have caused significant human mortality, and interacts with air pollutants, ozone and PM2.5, to exacerbate cardiopulmonary diseases especially in vulnerable populations
  3. Understand that climate change is the environmental problem of the decade (not century) whose solution holds the future of the Earth as we know it, and that we bequeath to our children


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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