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NYC - Lecture Series w/ William Rom

Dr. William Rom FR'91 grew up as a wilderness guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park where he developed his love and appreciation for wilderness. These experiences have been written in Canoe Country Wilderness published by Voyageur Press in 1987. He has canoed the major Arctic Rivers including the Albany, Churchill, Back and South Nahanni. As a Fellow for two decades at The Explorer’s Club, he has been awarded four Flag expeditions: first, was to climb Bob Marshall’s (one of the founders of the Wilderness Society), mountain, Mt. Doonerak, in the Brooks Range of Alaska; the first Westerners to climb Mt. Geladaintong at 21,730 feet, the source of the Yangtze River in the Kun Lun Range in northern Tibet; crossed the island of South Georgia in the Antarctic along Sir Ernest Shackleton’s route; and traveled with the Thule inuit by dogsled in northern Greenland to obtain eyewitness accounts of the effects of global warming.

As author of Environmental Policy and Public Health: Air Pollution, Global Climate Change, and Wilderness (Jossey-Bass 2012), Dr. Rom’s teaching at New York University for 25 years has reached dozens of policy students and medical residents/fellows on environment and global health. He has been involved in air pollution policy for the past decade leading the American Thoracic Society’s Environmental Health Policy Committee, presenting data to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and meeting with the EPA Administrator to encourage lower standards to protect human health for ozone and PM2.5. He has had delivered Medical Grand Rounds on Climate Change and Global Public Health to international meetings and medical schools from New York to Addis Ababa to Cape Town. Currently, he and Dr. Kent Pinkerton are co-editing a 22-author textbook on Global Climate Change and Public Health for Springer.

As Director of NYU’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and Bellevue Hospital’s Chest Service for 25 years, he has been able to witness environmental medicine first hand. Bellevue’s Chest Service began pulmonary medicine training in the 1940s with research on heart and lung catheterization resulting in the Nobel Prize in 1956. He has continued that great tradition by training over 160 pulmonary and critical care fellows with 85 faculty at four hospitals in New York.

His public health interests began from a leadership role in environmental and occupational health editing four editions of Environmental and Occupational Medicine with over 120 chapters. Following earning the Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 1973, he was awarded their Alumni Award of Merit in 2011. Since the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, Bellevue has been inundated by thousands of breathless patients exposed to World Trade Center dust. He and his colleagues established the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue where two large clinics have seen over 6,000 patients. Since lung cancer is emerging as an environmental threat from tobacco in its many forms, he established the NYU Lung Cancer Biomarker Center in 2001 to pioneer research on the early detection of lung cancer.

He has been interested in the “smoky houses” problem from indoor biomass burning and have recently chronicled this challenge in many photos from Ethiopia and Madagascar. For the past two weeks at Addis Ababa’s Black Lion Hospital he served as faculty training their first two pulmonary fellows. Importantly, he served as a legislative fellow in health and environmental policy in the U.S. Senate to then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. For her, he wrote the Caribbean Wilderness Act (signed into law by President Bush), the Family Asthma Act, the Environmental Public Health Tracking Act, and the Electronic Medical Record and Health Quality Act. He was her staffer for the only debate on the floor of the U.S. Senate on climate change (McCain-Lieberman Climate Change Act in 2003). He served on the Environmental Roundtable for Research and Education in the Environmental Health Sciences of the Institute of Medicine and is on CDC’s WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee. In July 2013 he was honored as a “Champion of Change” by the White House on his efforts on climate change and public health.

His wife, Holly, is a watercolor artist and docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Date: 2/10/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free to EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid Student ID

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