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Vice President (2022-2023) Candidates  

Treasurer (2022-2024) Candidates 

Director (2022-2025) Candidates  
Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Vice President Candidate (2022-2023)

Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Personal Statement

I stumbled on the specialty of Occupational Medicine in my first job after college, translating medical abstracts. This was serendipitous because I certainly did not hear of the specialty during medical school. I had to seek champions and experiences in the field. I remember my advisor trying to talk me out of it, pushing me instead toward a “real” medical specialty. Nevertheless, I persisted, pursuing training and certification in this remarkable specialty. 

In my decades of ACOEM membership, I have served at the local level as Delegate, President and Secretary of my component; at the national level as a member of the Board of Directors for just shy of two terms; and as member of numerous committees, councils and task forces. A leader in the Work Fitness and Disability section, I helped develop and teach ACOEM courses on this topic. I authored ACOEM’s first interactive online educational offering, Getting Your Patients Back to Work, and continue to support ACOEM’s educational efforts as member of the Council on Education and Academic Affairs and Co-Chair of the Direct Educational Programs Oversight Committee. As former chair and current member of the OEM Practice Council, I have been leading ACOEM efforts to address appropriate payment for quality workers’ compensation care for several years. 

If elected, my focus will be on continuing to raise the visibility of Occupational Medicine, increasing opportunities for our members, and collaborating with colleagues in other countries who face many of the same challenges. To be honest, I will continue to work on these issues whether elected or not, but as your elected representative, I anticipate greater opportunity to achieve these goals, for the members of ACOEM, who will be better positioned through our joint efforts to continue our unique support to workers, employers and society.

Tanisha K. Taylor, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
Vice President Candidate (2022-2023)

Tanisha K. Taylor, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM

Personal Statement
I have been on the ACOEM Board of Directors for over 7 years and have become very familiar with the challenges facing the organization, fiscal as well as those related to member inclusion. Current challenges include the need to focus on membership expansion as well as improving member value for physicians and non physician professionals. Further, with looming economic challenges, leaner, more efficient operations and management will be needed. In addition to the need for developing new revenue streams including the development of more online course offerings and webinars to meet the needs of all members; the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the criticality of diversifying educational opportunities as well as delivery.

I have been actively involved in my local ACOEM component serving in various offices and various capacities over the years. I have chaired the OEM Practice Council for over two years and was fortunate to lead the Return to Work workgroup, assisting in planning several COVID related symposia and coauthoring two landmark COVID guidance documents. I served on the AOHC Planning Committee for several years and was Chair in 2020 where due to the pandemic only selected sessions were repurposed as enduring materials.

Well known challenges facing the specialty of OEM include the lack of residency funding with ongoing opportunities for advocacy and creative solutions. I plan to be open to ideas pertaining to emerging issues affecting the practice of OEM as well as the college. The evolving vision for OEM as well as for ACOEM is increasing collaboration of all OEM professionals and a larger global footprint. It will also be critical to increase the visibility of the specialty and ensure greater influence on public policy as well as successful advocacy to improve workplaces as well as the environment.
 

James Butler, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Treasurer Candidate (2022-2024)

James Butler, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Personal Statement
The Treasurer position is critical in this period of declining membership and changes in how ACOEM provides educational opportunities and establishes new revenue streams to maintain financial solvency.
Since 2004, when I first heard the budget briefing as part of the House of Delegates (HOD), I have always been concerned with our income streams and expenses.  I have made suggestions over the years in the HOD and on the Board of Directors (BOD) that have been implemented in an effort to decrease some of our expenses.  I have also been very concerned that for years our greatest source of income was membership dues, and finally we are seeing a change to that with more emphasis on educational offerings.

The Treasurer’s role is to be the eyes and ears of the Board of Directors regarding our financial status.  They chair the Finance Committee and monitor all disbursements.  It takes an individual with an extra attention to detail.  I have that.  I have already been Treasurer of two local non-profit organizations, have profitably managed my own company and am “nerdy” enough to actually enjoy perusing and monitoring spreadsheets.  That is what ACOEM needs.

The treasurer should also have extensive experience in the governance of ACOEM to fully understand from day one how to accomplish the tasks required to keep ACOEM moving forward.  My 17 non-stop years of experience in HOD (as a delegate and officer) and on the BOD have positioned me to be an effective treasure from Day 1.
 

Jill Rosenthal, MD, MPH, MA, FACOEM
Treasurer Candidate (2022-2024)

Jill Rosenthal, MD, MPH, MA, FACOEM

Personal Statement 
As your Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Board of Directors, I will do everything in my power to make sure that ACOEM remains a physician-led organization, whose primary focus is that of a medical specialty society, meeting and advocating for the needs of physicians in the specialty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  It is important that you know that I am being intentionally definitive about this as there are some who would like to change all that and reduce the status of physicians in ACOEM. I support our NPs and PAs and believe in the value of the partnerships, but ACOEM IS OUR MEDICAL SPECIALTY SOCIETY, and I intend to keep it that way. 
 
I have the experience needed to protect our investment in ACOEM and its future. As the Chair of the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Foundation and its Finance Committee, which is responsible for a $1.5M budget annually, I partner with our executive director, accountants, auditors, and the state to safeguard the organization and have done so since 2018. I also served as the treasurer of ACOEM’s Private Practice Section and would have continued to do so, but I stepped down in order to promote new/young leadership. 
 
Being Treasurer involves more than safeguarding our finances and financial future. It also requires ensuring that the members, components, and sections are heard and that their points of views and concerns are considered such that our interests as Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physicians are the priority. This is a great time to be in occupational medicine, literally in every facet of what we do: be it clinical, corporate, academic, consultative, or administrative. Please make sure that ACOEM's focus remains the needs of PHYSICIANS in our specialty by trusting me with the responsibility of being your next Treasurer.

Fabrice Czarnecki, MD, MPH, MA, FACOEM
Director Candidate (2022-2025)

Fabrice Czarnecki, MD, MPH, MA, FACOEM

Personal Statement
Since joining in 2006, ACOEM has become my medical family. ACOEM members are my best professional resource. While dealing with multiple respiratory illnesses at a worksite, I contacted, through the ACOEM network, a member who is both an OEM physician and an industrial hygienist. That discussion allowed me to convince management to close the worksite in less than 24 hours. More recently, in the early months of the pandemic, I needed an expert on respiratory protection to understand the subtleties of the ASTM standard on medical masks and FDA ratings of surgical masks. ACOEM colleagues put me in contact with a member who is dual-trained in occupational medicine and pulmonology. Wouldn’t it be helpful for OEM physicians and practitioners to have access to the same resources?
 
Many of you know me through my public safety work, with the ACOEM LEO Guidance and NFPA 1582. Here is a list of my service to ACOEM: Chair of the Public Safety Medicine Section, President-elect of SEACOEM, former Director of the Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, presenter at every AOHC since 2006, presenter at meetings of 10 ACOEM components, member of the Fellowship Committee and Vice-Chair of the Task Group on Guidance to the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers. I am also a member of the Federal and Military OEM Section.
 
For our College, and our specialty, to thrive, we need to grow (by retaining current members and attracting new members). I propose that we continue to increase the benefits provided by ACOEM to members.  We should enhance support for local component meetings, improve ACOEM's online CME, create resource centers tailored to the needs of our members (modeled after the COVID-19 response), and strengthen ACOEM's financial position. I look forward to being of assistance in ACOEM's growth.
 

Laura G. Gillis, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Director Candidate (2022-2025)

Laura G. Gillis, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Personal Statement

My desire to continue serving on the ACOEM Board of Directors stems from my strong beliefs in the importance of what we do and in giving back to the profession. My leadership abilities and the strength of my commitment to our specialty have been battle-tested in multiple venues. I am blessed to have a career that has taken me from being a US Naval Flight Surgeon to private practice to serving as the US Federal Maritime Surgeon to Medical Director of a large Class I railroad. These opportunities have afforded me experience in almost all aspects of occupational medicine, allowing me to relate first-hand to the challenges many of our members face.

I have faithfully served the College as Chair of the Council on Membership, Vice Chair and now Chair of the Transportation Section, and have participated in the AOHC Planning Committee and the Finance and Bylaws Committees. I want to continue to move us forward. Strong leadership is needed in the coming years to continue to “champion the health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments” during these uncertain times. I will be that strong leader for the future. I plan to continue to find avenues to make ACOEM valuable to our members and help us evolve with advancing technology and changing workplaces. Engaging our younger members will help us do that while keeping our organization relevant.

I vow to represent our membership well while being a strong advocate for our core values. I would be honored to be considered again for a position on the Board and to serve our members.

Michael J. Levine, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Director Candidate (2022-2025)

Michael J. Levine, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Personal Statement
I have been involved with ACOEM since 1999.  Over the years my involvement with the college has grown, culminating with service on the ACOEM BOD from 2018 through 2021.  I greatly enjoyed my term on the board, and feel I was able to make some contribution, particularly in the area of Governmental Affairs.  It was an honor to contribute to ACOEM leadership in a time of unprecedented challenge and opportunity.  While I chose not to re-join the board for the present term, I hope to return in 2022.  I would be grateful for your support.
 
ACOEM has much work to do to promote our disparate field, and the contributions our members can make within it.  The pandemic has helped raise the profile of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and we need to seize on this.  It is also time to put more emphasis on the “E” in our name, helping governments, employers, and the house of medicine steer a clear path through growing environmental hazards.  If re-elected to the Board, this will be a priority for me.
 

Raul Alexander Mirza, DO, MPH, MS, FACOEM
Director Candidate (2022-2025)

Raul Alexander Mirza, DO, MPH, MS, FACOEM

Personal Statement
I am a dedicated professional of the occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) specialty and a Fellow of the College. I have had the privilege of serving the ACOEM Councils of Public Affairs and Scientific Advisors. My OEM leadership experiences include former President of the Maryland ACOEM Component, Chair of the Council for Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservation, Member of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Education Resource Center External Advisory Committee, OEM residency preceptor and presenter for the Johns Hopkins University and Uniformed Services University programs, 2017 Conference Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in OEM, member of the International Commission on Occupational Health, and current contributor to the formation of the new regional ACOEM component; Mid-Atlantic Region.  Further, I am the current Director of the Clinical Public Health & Epidemiology Directorate at the Army Public Health Center, responsible for delivering services from ten specialty public health programs (including OEM) to the U.S. Army.
 
I will use my knowledge and experiences to benefit the College and its members. I will encourage a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We must continue the diversity of contributions to the College's business and its representation in the leadership structure -- emblematic of our membership. I intend to lead discussions for change within the College that aligns with the demands made on clinical professionals in OEM practice (e.g., the inclusion of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, a standard for an occupational electronic health record, residency funding and recruitment), the factors facing working forces (e.g., the consequences of the pandemic environment and climate change), the professional needs of our members (e.g., career and practice enhancement), and the sustainability of the College (e.g., member recruitment and retention, and staffing capability). 
 
I intend to champion efforts that affirm our dominance as a global organization that sets the standard for OEM practitioners. We must augment our global engagements and encourage international partners to address occupational and environmental health topics of global significance.  I intend to support improvements to the quality and relevance of OEM specialty training and amplify and emphasize the value of the OEM specialty through political, social, and workplace advocacy. 
 
I am an accomplished leader in building relationships among varied stakeholders. If elected, I will do my very best to serve the ACOEM Board of Directors.
 

Ismail Nabeel, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM
Director Candidate (2022-2025)

Ismail Nabeel, MD, MPH, MS, FACOEM

Personal Statement  
Ismail Nabeel, MD, MPH, MS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as Deputy Medical Director of Employee Health, Safety, and Wellness for the Mount Sinai Health System. Having expertise in Internal Medicine, Occupational / Environmental Medicine, and Clinical Informatics, his focus is to bring in cutting-edge innovative perspectives and solutions to enhance the health and wellbeing of working populations. Dr. Nabeel currently serves as the Vice Chair of ACOEM's Council on Scientific Affairs. He conceived, developed, and launched the peer reviewed COVID-19 Q&A Forum. Topics ranged from post COVID syndrome impacting the return-to-work option to the practice of occupational spirometry during the pandemic. COVID Q&A laid the foundation for the launch of ACOEM’s podcast, OccPod, featuring ‘COVID Conversations,’ which has been a leading voice on the COVID-19 vaccine related issue/ opportunities and the practice of occupational medicine. Future OccPod episodes will incorporate topics from the World Trade Center, Climate Change series etc.
 
I have constantly strived to make Occupational and Environmental Medicine mainstream, bringing a clear understanding about the specialty to the masses. We are looking at the complete transformation of our specialty and establishing new areas of competencies in Climate Change and other emerging areas in Occupational and Environmental Medicine will put us at the forefront of all specialties. Projects above demonstrate the expertise and intellectual maturity of our membership and an opportunity to engage them with the organization who truly represents them. I look forward to being part of the board of the ACOEM to serve all members and to enhance the practice of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
 

Albert J. Osbahr III, MD, MSCM, FACOEM
Director Candidate (2022-2025)

Albert J. Osbahr III, MD, MSCM, FACOEM

Personal Statement
I am a 30+ year member of ACOEM as well as a Fellow. My experience and leadership are my 2 important attributes and I think these are so important to any organization like ours.  Indeed, I have promoted occupational medicine and public health in all my leadership travels whether at the AMA, NC Medical Society, The Joint Commission, The One Health Commission, or the DOT Medical Review Board.  My resume certainly speaks to my strength and skills as well as commitment to ACOEM principles.  This is an important time for us as occupational physicians to step forward with our abilities to aid our country in this pandemic crisis.  We have the skills to provide good sources of information and expert recommendations on workplace safety and health as well as public advocacy.  Definitely, ACOEM can continue to position itself as a voice of science and expertise to help to our communities, companies, and workers.  We must engage and dialogue with other healthcare organizations to accomplish this.
 
PPE, Workplace protections, Vaccinations, and Testing of workers are all clear areas for us to weigh in on as our communities seek answers for their response to Covid and the “new normal”.  And yet as we provide services to these concerns, we cannot lose our focus on chemical and environmental surveillance, exposure determinations, ergonomic prevention in the face of injury and impairment, infection disease control of our workplaces, and successful management of worker’s compensation injuries/illnesses plus return to work.  As a dedicated occupational medicine specialist, I think that it is imperative that we remain steadfast as a strong voice for occupational, environmental, and preventive medicine nationally, regionally, and locally.  This includes supporting training of new leaders in our field and finding ways to improve our public health system.