Judith McKenzie, MD, MPH

Judith McKenzie, MD, MPH


Professor, Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Judith Green McKenzie, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM, FACPM is Professor, Division Chief, and Residency Program Director in the Department Emergency Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where she is active in clinical practice, research, education, and administration. She is also a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and the Graduate Program in Public Health Studies as well as a member of the Community & Education Core Center of Excellence for Environmental Toxicology.

Dr. McKenzie graduated from Princeton University where she was awarded the Frederick Douglass Prize for leadership and scholarship. She went on to study medicine at Yale University School of Medicine where she was selected to be a Commonwealth Fellow. Dr. McKenzie completed her Internal Medicine training at New York University/Bellevue Hospital and her subsequent Occupational Medicine Fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health where she also earned her Masters of Public Health degree while completing the Epidemiology Research Track. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the prestigious resident research awards given at the American American Occupational Health Conference.

Trained in both Occupational/Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine and listed as one of America's top physicians, Dr. McKenzie is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and became a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1993. Her clinical work centers on work as a social determinant of health - focusing on employee wellness and prevention, injury care, disability management, and the evaluation and treatment of occupational and environmental exposures. Her expertise also includes managing workers' compensation costs and return to work, designing and executing surveillance programs, Independent Medical Examinations, Expert Witness, and Consultation for Occupational, Environmental and Toxicology Cases. Serving as a regional and national consultant, she was selected by the State Department as part of the medical team providing care to US diplomats who have suffered concussion like symptoms while in service overseas.

Author of over 100 scientific publications, Dr. McKenzie's research focuses on OEM outcomes, especially in the areas of preventing occupational exposures and injuries, the cost of work disability, graduate residency education, resiliency, and wellness and prevention. Dr. McKenzie was honored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), an international medical society, when it bestowed upon her its 2015 Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education or Research in OEM, recognizing an individual who has shown distinction in and made significant contributions to academic excellence or research in the disciplines of OEM. She was recognized in particular for her work and accomplishments as a distinguished educator, specifically for her outstanding leadership as Director of Penn Medicine's OEM Residency Program, which has resulted in the development of a unique train-in-place program, an innovative model of post-graduate medical education and the largest civilian OEM Training Program in the nation, which trained 7.5% of new diplomates of the American Board of Preventive Medicine-Occupational Medicine over the past decade.

Dr. McKenzie currently chairs the National Academies of the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Consensus Committee on Medical Conditions Expected to Improve with Treatment, is a member of the NASEM Standing Committee of Medical Experts to advise Social Security on Disability Issues and has served on several other NASEM Consensus Committees. An appointee to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee (ACGME-RRC) for Preventive Medicine, she served on the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Board of Scientific Counselors (NIOSH), which advises the nation's research agenda. and on several NIOSH study sections. She also served on the American Board of Preventive Medicine Examination Committee. She chairs and serves on several ACOEM committees, is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of OEM and a reviewer for several journals.

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