Dr. Finkel Receives National Award
Dr. Adam M. Finkel, of Pennington, a professor of Environmental and Occupational
Health at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health, received the prestigious David P. Rall
Award for Advocacy in Public Health from the American Public Health Association
(APHA), during the organization's 134th annual meeting, on Sunday, Nov. 5, in Boston.
The award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions
to public health through science-based advocacy. (
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Dr. Finkel, who is one of the nation's leading experts in risk assessment for
environmental and occupational health, is a former Rocky Mountain regional
administrator of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In
2002, Dr. Finkel became aware that many OSHA
inspectors had been exposed to high levels of
beryllium, a toxic metal that can cause an often-
fatal lung disease. He went public with his
findings after then U.S. Department of Labor
Assistant Secretary John Henshaw refused to
allow the inspectors to be informed of their risk
or to provide blood screening tests for early signs
of the disease. As a result, Dr. Finkel was
removed as regional director, but the publication
of his findings led to a medical monitoring
program for OSHA inspectors.
APHA President Patricia Mail, MPH, PhD, CHES, presented the David P. Rall Award to UMDNJ-School of Public Health Professor Adam M.
Finkel, ScD, MPP, CIH.
Photo by EZ Event Photography, courtesy APHA
While at OSHA, Dr. Finkel also was responsible for promulgating and evaluating
regulations to protect the nation's workers from chemical, radiological, and biological
hazards. He negotiated several national "regulatory partnerships" bringing
manufacturers, customers, and labor unions together to provide improved worker
protections beyond what could have been achieved by command-and-control regulation.
Dr. Finkel is a nationally recognized expert who has testified before Congress 11 times
on federal research priorities, the environmental impact of pesticide use and air toxic
hazards. In the late 1980s, he was the first researcher to develop an epidemiologic
estimate of the extent of variation in human susceptibility to carcinogenic substances.
Dr. Finkel is the author of more than 40 articles on risk assessment and management and
is the co-author of Worst Things First * The Debate over Risk-based National
UMDNJ is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more
than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a
graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of
nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more
than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark,