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McKenzie Named Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

We are delighted to announce that, effective Dec. 1, Judith Green McKenzie will become executive director for health, safety and environment for The Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System. In addition, she will serve as director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, joining the faculty in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. McKenzie received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. She was an intern at New York University Medical Center and a resident at New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center. She became a clinical instructor there and, four years later, a clinical assistant professor of medicine. In 1995, she came to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a fellow in occupational and environmental medicine, earning a Master of Public Health. In 1997, she became an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, rising to the rank of professor in 2017.

During her tenure at Penn, Dr. McKenzie has held a range of leadership positions, including program director for the occupational medicine residency in the Department of Emergency Medicine and lead physician in the school of medicine’s occupational medicine clinic. In 2015, she was named division chief for occupational medicine at the school.

She chaired the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Presidential Task Force on Future of OEM Workforce, and is co-chair of the ACOEM Council on Education and Academic Affairs. This year, Dr. McKenzie was inducted into the Academy of Master Clinicians, the highest clinical honor for a Penn Medicine physician.

Dr. McKenzie’s research focuses on occupational and environmental medicine outcomes and employee health, especially in the areas of graduate residency education, occupational exposures and injuries. Over her career, she has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has given dozens of national and international lectures. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

We would like to thank Clarence Lam for his work over the past two years as interim director of health, safety and environment. In taking on this role, he has shown great leadership and dedication during a particularly challenging time.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. McKenzie back to Johns Hopkins. Please join us in congratulating her as she assumes these important roles in our university and health system.

-Mark E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., Lisa Ishii, M.D., M.H.S. & Jonathan M. Links, Ph.D.


Mark Anderson