William N. Rom

New York University, USA

W. N. Rom has got the M.D. and M.P.H. degrees. He has worked as the Director of the NYU Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine since 1989 and the Sol and Judith Bergstein Professor of medicine and environmental medicine. He has increased the faculty from 18 to over 85 and is responsible for 23 pulmonary and critical care fellows and 6 research fellows in environmental medicine. In addition, he has trained more than 150 clinical pulmonary/critical care fellows and over 30 research fellows. He was the Program Director of the General Clinical Research Center for 18 years successfully leading 4 site visits. Furthermore, he directs the Bellevue Chest Service that recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. Rom has over 256 peer-reviewed publications and has edited two editions of Tuberculosis and 4 editions of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. Moreover, he currently has an NHLBI grant on HIV and bacterial pneumonia. He also directs the NYU Lung Cancer Biomarker Center, which is part of the NCI Early Detection Research Network. This center grant identifies biomarkers for the early detection of lung cancer. He has enrolled 1400 heavy smokers for spiral CT scans, sputum induction, blood, PFTs, and questionnaires. Rom has completed an NHLBI study of interferon-gamma adjunct treatment of 96 cavitary TB patients at the University of Cape Town. In 1977, he founded the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah, USA. He also led clinical-epidemiological studies of coal miners, dental laboratory workers, copper smelter workers, and trona miners exposed to alkaline dust. In 1983, he joined the Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, NIH, where he worked as a Senior Investigator for 6 years elucidating the mechanisms of fibrosis and lung injury due to asbestos, silica, and coal.

Biography Updated on 5 December 2011

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