Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

12-3-09: World Trade Center 8 Years Later

World Trade Center: Health Impact 8 Years Later

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, December 3, 2009

8:00 am
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 PM,
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses/Montefiore


Image: David J. Prezant, MD

David J. Prezant, MD 
Professor, Department of Medicine (Pulmonary Medicine
Instructor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. David J. Prezant is a Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein, Research Director for the Pulmonary Division, and attending pulmonary physician at Montefiore Medical Center. He is the Course Director for Einstein’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Course (Physiology and Pathophysiology). He is the recipient of several teaching awards at Einstein, including the Samuel Rosen Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003 for excellence in pre-clinical teaching, the Harry Eagle Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007 for excellence in basic science teaching, and the AOA faculty award in 2008.

Dr. Prezant is the Chief Medical Officer, Office of Medical Affairs, and Senior Pulmonary Consultant to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). In that role, he supervises EMS medical protocol development and data analysis. Under his leadership, the NYC 911 system has a robust cardiac survival program, including STEMI and Hypothermia Resuscitation, and has just begun a novel flu surge program and a new triage system for medical complications in disaster emergencies.

Dr. Prezant serves on numerous national committees. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s NIOSH study group on personal protective technology. He serves on the John P. Redmond, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Medical Advisory Board. He is a member of the IAFF technical committee for the Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative and was one of the committee’s medical experts designing the IAFF/IAFC Wellness / Fitness Program and the Firefighter Candidate Ability Test. He also serves on the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) medical committee designing medical standards for firefighters and candidates.

Prior to 9/11/01, Dr. Prezant’s research interests were equally divided between basic science laboratory investigations of chronic obstructive lung disease and applied research on firefighter thermal-related injuries/illness. On 9/11/01, Dr. Prezant was at the World Trade Center (WTC) taking care of FDNY firefighters and EMS rescue workers. He was present during the collapse and its aftermath. Since that day, he has devoted his entire clinical and research efforts to the design and implementation of a medical monitoring and treatment program for FDNY firefighters and EMS rescue workers, funded by FDNY and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). Along with Dr. Kerry Kelly, FDNY’s Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Health Services, Dr. Prezant is a Co-Director, FDNY WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Programs. Currently, this program’s annual funding of 30 million dollars provides WTC related healthcare to NYC FDNY rescue workers while study the effects of WTC exposure. To date, Dr. Prezant has published nearly thirty research papers on the health impact of World Trade Center Collapse on NYC Firefighters, including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, the CDC’s MMWR, Environmental Health Perspectives, CHEST, and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Prezant received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia College in 1977 and his Doctor of Medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1981. After completing his internal medicine residency at Harlem Hospital, he returned to Albert Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center for his Pulmonary Fellowship.

This grand rounds is hosted by the Division of Pulmonary Medicine.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to understand:

  1. The impact of World Trade Center exposures on health outcome
  2. The impact of World Trade Center exposures on pulmonary function
  3. Current treatment algorithms


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.


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