Open Appeal to Dr. Kellie Leitch

Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Asbestos

Kathleen Ruff, RightOnCanada.ca

Below is an Open Appeal, sent to Dr. Kellie Leitch, by over two hundred medical experts , health advocates and asbestos victims, calling on her to stop supporting asbestos. Leitch is a medical doctor and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She is a Member of Parliament and supports the pro-asbestos policy of the Canadian government.

The letter is also available here as a pdf.

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August 18, 2011

Dr Kellie Leitch, MD, MBA, FRCS (C), MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Dr Leitch:

As medical doctors and public health professionals, we call on you to support the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Public Health Association and the World Health Organization, who have called for a stop to the use of any asbestos in order to eliminate asbestos-related disease and death.

As a medical doctor, you have a professional and ethical duty to put the protection of health ahead of any other consideration.

The pro-asbestos position that you are presently supporting is the policy of the asbestos industry’s lobby organisation (the Chrysotile Institute). The Institute claims that exposure to high levels of chrysotile asbestos (1f/cc) causes no harm to health. It pretends that chrysotile asbestos is a wonderful product that can be safely used in developing countries.

As you perhaps know, chrysotile asbestos represents 100% of the global asbestos trade and represents 95% of all asbestos ever sold for a hundred years. The scientific evidence is indisputable that chrysotile asbestos is causes mesothelioma, lung and other cancers, and asbestosis.

As we are sure you will agree, the asbestos lobby group has zero scientific or medical credibility. As a medical doctor, you have a profound professional and ethical duty to be guided by reputable science and not by the deadly misinformation of the asbestos lobby.

We congratulate you for the prestigious awards you have won in recognition of your leadership to promote public health, particularly the health of children.

We respectfully point out that it is incompatible to show leadership for the health of Canadian children and at the same time, to support a policy that causes harm to children in the developing world by placing asbestos in their homes and schools, particularly since no regulatory oversight is in place in these countries to protect people from asbestos harm once the asbestos is out in the community.

The contrast with the millions of dollars we are spending to remove asbestos from Canadian buildings and schools – including your own work place, the House of Commons – in order to protect the lives of Canadians, represents an indefensible double standard.

We understand that doing the right thing may run counter to your political interests. However, your ethical code of conduct as a medical doctor requires that you put the
protection of health ahead of personal advantage, no matter what the circumstance. We would appreciate receiving your immediate response on this crucial, ethical question and deeply hope that you will be true to your ethical code of conduct.

Sincerely,

Dr Fernand Turcotte, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Professor Emeritus of Public Health and
Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Québec
Faculté de Médecine, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, Pavillon de l’Est, 2180 Chemin Ste-Foy, Québec, Canada, G1K 7P4

ON BEHALF OF:

Dr Jean Zigby, MD. CCFP, Family Physician, Palliative Care Specialist; President,
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Montréal, Québec

Dr Colin L. Soskolne, PhD, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta;
Immediate Past-President, Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Fellow, American College of Epidemiology; Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini, Alberta

Dr Balfour M. Mount OC, OQ, MD, FRCSC, LLD, The Eric M. Flanders Emeritus
Professor of Medicine, McGill University, Québec

Dr Abby Lippman, PhD, Professor Emerita, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics
and Occupational Health, McGill University, Québec

Dr Kapil Khatter, MD, CCFP, MES, past president, Canadian Association of Physicians
for the Environment, Ontario

Dr Erica Frank, MD, MPH, Professor and Canada Research Chair, University of BritishColumbia School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, British Columbia

Dr Stephen Liben, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University; Director,
Pediatric Palliative Care Program, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, Québec

Dr Louise Vandelac, Ph.D, professeure titulaire, Directrice de l’institut des sciences de
l’environnement, Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec

Dr Bruce P. Lanphear, MD. MPH, Senior Scientist, Child & Family Research Institute,
BC Children’s Hospital, Professor of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, British
Columbia

Dr Donald Aubin, M.D., Directeur de santé publique, Agence de la santé et des services
sociaux du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec

Dr Louise Authier, M.D., FCMFC, Professeur titulaire de clinique, Directrice du
programme de résidence de médecine familiale, Faculté de Médecine, Université de
Montréal, Québec

Dr Michelle Barrette, MD, ophtalmologiste, CH Val d’Or, Québec

Dr Marie Beauregard, FCMFC, CLSC Côte des Neiges, Montréal, Québec

Dr Fernand Blondeau, professeur titulaire retraité du DMFUL, Université Laval, Québec

Dr Guy Bonenfant, MD, Québec

Dr Yvon Bouchard, MD (soins palliatif et psychiatrie) Québec

Dr Renald Bujold, MD, Médecin spécialiste en médecine communautaire, Membre de
l’ASPQ, retraité, Québec

Dr Christopher Carlsten, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, University of British
Columbia

Dr John Carsley, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Medical Health Officer – Vancouver, Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Stephen Corber, MD, DPH, FRCR(C), retired, former Associate Professor and
Director, Public Health Practice Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University;
former Director, Division of Disease Prevention and Control, Pan American Health
Organization; former Medical Officer of Health Ottawa-Carleton Region, former
Scientific Editor, Canadian Journal of Public Health, British Columbia

Dr Manon Cote, MD, Bsc.Pht, CASEM diploma sport medicine physician, Québec

Dr. Meena Dawar, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health, British Columbia

Dr André Denault, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Professeur associé Département
d’Anesthésiologie et Service de soins intensifs, Université de Montréal, Québec

Dr Véronique Déry, M.D., M.Sc., Vice-présidente, Affaires scientifiques et
professionnelles, Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS), Montréal, Québec

Dr Colette Gaulin, M.D., MPH, medical advisor in public health, ministère de la Santé et
des Services sociaux, Québec

Dr Paul Hasselback, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Medical Health Officer, Interior Health, St.
Kelowna, British Columbia

Dr Yun Jen, MD, FRCPC, Médecin spécialiste en santé communautaire – Équipe
Nutrition, activité physique et poids, Institut national de santé publique du Québec,
Québec

Dre Manon Leduc, omnipraticien, CSSS Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Québec

Dr Gérald Létourneau, MD, MSc, CSPQ, Médecin spécialiste en santé communautaire et médecine préventive, Médecin conseil à la Direction de la santé publique de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec

Dr Laurent Marcoux, M.D, MPH, FRCPC, CSPQ, spécialiste et consultant en santé
publique et médecine préventive, Joliette, Québec

Dr Michel de Maupeou, omnipraticien, LCMC, CSSS des Aurores boréales, La Sarre,
Québec

Dr Réal Morin, M.D., M.B.A., FRCPC, Directeur scientifique, Développement des
individus et des communautés, Québec

Dr Gilles Murray, MD, microbiologiste infectiologue, Centre Hospitalier Pierre-Le
Gardeur, Terrebonne, Québec

Dr Quan Nguyen, MD, CCFP, CSSS du Suroit, Québec

Dr Gilles Paradis, MD, Professeur titulaire, Faculte de Medecine, Universite McGill,
Québec

Dr David Patrick,MD, Professor and Director, UBC School of Population and Public
Health; Director, Communicable Disease Epidemiology, BCCDC, British Columbia

Dr Jean Perreault, MD, CCFP, ABAM, Medical director of addiction medicine
programme, Joliette, Quebec

Dr Yves Ponsot, MD, FRCS(C), Professeur d’urologie, CHU de Sherbrooke, Professeur
titulaire, Faculté de médecine, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec

Dr Hélène Rousseau, Vice doyenne adjointe à la formation médicale décentralisée,
Université McGill, Québec

Dr Renée Roussel, MD, md conseil Direction de la santé publique, Agence de santé et
des services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Québec

Dr Louise Séguin, MD, MPH, chercheure titulaire, département de médecine sociale et
préventive, Université de Montréal, Québec

Dre Manon St-Amant, MD, CCFP, Centre de Santé et de services sociaux de la
Matapédia, Amqui, Québec

Dr Michel Vézina, professeur titulaire au département de médecine sociale et préventive
Université Laval Québec et médecin conseil à l’Institut national de Santé publique du
Québec, Québec

Dr Yv Bonnier Viger, Médecin spécialiste en santé publique et médecine préventive;
Médecin conseil à la Direction de santé publique de Chaudière-Appalaches; Directeur du
Département de médecine sociale et préventive de l’Université Laval; Président de
l’Association des médecins spécialistes en santé communautaire du Québec, Québec

Dr Annalee Yassi, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Professor and Canada Research Chair, School of
Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Dr Pierre Gosselin, MD, MPH, Professeur adjoint de clinique, Département de médecine
sociale et préventive, Faculté de médecine, Université Laval, Québec

Dr. Carole O’Beirne, M.Sc., M.D., FRCPC Pediatrics, Staff Pediatrician, Department of
Pediatrics, Toronto East General Hospital; Part-time Associate Staff, Department of
Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Sick Kids Hospital;
Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario

Dr Pierre Deshaies, MD, MSc, FRCPC, professeur de clinique au département de
médecine sociale et préventive, Faculté de médecine, Université Laval, Québec

Dr Warren Bell, MD, former President, Canadian Association of Physicians for the
Environment, British Columbia

Dr Jerry Spiegel, MA, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Population and Public
Health, Director, Global Health Research Program, Liu Institute for Global Issues,
University of British Columbia

Dr Sophie Gosselin M.D, CSPQ, FRCPC-EM, Attending Emergency Physician &
Clinical Toxicologist, Mc Gill University Health Centre; Assistant Professor of Medicine,
McGill University, Québec

Dr Andree-Anne Simard, MD CCFP (EM), Assistant professor, Palliative Care McGill
University, Former Ocupational health physician, Service de sante au travail, CSSS
Jeanne-Mance, Québec

Dr John O’Connor, MD, Family Physician; Health Director, Fort McKay First Nation,
Alberta; advocate for the health of First Nations communities downstream of the Alberta
Tarsands; board member, Safe Drinking Water Foundation, Alberta

Dr. Ryan Wright, MD, CCFP, Alberta

Dr Ian McD Simpson, MB. BChir., CCFP, FCFP, Semi-retired Family Physician;
President, Newfoundland Chapter, College Family Physicians, Newfoundland

Dr. Tyler Rouse, MD, FRCP(C), Associate Pathologist, Ontario

Dr. Pieter J. Jugovic, MSc, MD, CCFP, Former Director of Inpatient Family Medicine,
Toronto East General Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community
Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Dr Alain Neveu, occupational physician; member, Scientific Advisory Board, Institut de
santé et sécurité du travail du Québec; former president,Québec Association of
Occupational Physicians, Constance-Lethbridge Rehab. Centre, Québec

Dr.David C.F.Muir, MD, FRCP(C), FRCP(london), FRCP(Edin), EmeritusProfessor,
Macmaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Dr Donald C. Cole, MD, M.Sc., FRCP(C), Associate Professor & Interim Division Head
of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Director Collaborative
Program in Global Health, University of Toronto, Ontario

Dr Micheline Beaudry, Ph.D., professeure retraitée de nutrition publique, Université
Laval, Québec

Dr Sol Sax BAsc, MD, FRCPC, CCBOM, Consultant in Occupational Medicine, Ontario

Dr Christopher Carlsten, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, University of British
Columbia

Dr Dale Dewar, MD, FCFP, Executive Director, Physicians for Global Survival, Ontario
Johanne Bernardi, BSc, MBA, CNP, Ontario

Dr Ken Collier, MSW, PhD, Professor and Associate Vice President Academic (retired),
University of Regina and Athabasca University, Alberta

Dr John Ascah BA, MD, FRCP(C), MPH, Anesthesiologist: University Hospital of
Northern B.C.; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology,
Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia, British Columbia

Theodora Carroll, founder and former Executive Director of Oxfam-Quebec and Oxfam-
America; former Executive Director, World Law Foundation; former President,
EcoVision; former consultant for: Canadian International Development Agency, World
Bank, Asian Development Bank, Environment Canada, Health Canada, British Columbia

Dr Eric Darier, Ph.D. Directeur de Greenpeace au Québec

Dr. Debra Jefferson, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of
Family Medicine, McMaster; Clinical Assistant Professor, DFCM, University of Toronto,
Ontario

Dr Cathy Vakil, MD, CFPC, FCFP, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine,
Queen’s University, Ontario

Dr . Leva M. Neimanis, M.D., C.C.F.P., FCFP., Associate Clinical Professor, Department
of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Ontario

Dr. Tyler Rouse, MD, FRCP(C), Associate Pathologist, Ontario

Dr Michael J. May, MD, CCFP, Ontario

Dr Jeannette Goguen, MD, MEd, Ontario

Dr. Paul McArthur, BSc, MD, CCFP, adjunct professor, Schulich Medical School,
University of Western Ontario

Dr Tee L. Guidotti, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FCBOM, FFOM, DABT, Physician specializing
in occupational medicine; Editor, The Archives of Environmental and Occupational
Health

Dr John Keyserlingk, MD, MSC, FRCS, FACS, Chirurgie en Oncologie, Centre hôpital
de St-Mary, Hôpital général; Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur, Montréal; Directeur médical,
Centre d’oncologie, Ville Marie, Québec

Dr Robert C Dickson, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Alberta

Dr John Sollazzo, MD, CCFP(EM), Ontario

Dr Isabelle Gingras, MD, BSc, FRCPC chargée d’enseignement clinique, Faculté de
médecine de l’Université de Montréal, Québec

Dr Alan Abelsohn, MBChB, CCFP, FCFP, Family Physician: Assistant Professor, Dept.
of Family and Community Medicine, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University
of Toronto; Member of Environmental Health Committees, Ontario and Canadian
College of Family Physicians; Chair, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)
Environment Committee, Ontario

Dr Edward W. Keyserlingk, LL.M., Ph.D (retired), former Director, Biomedical Ethics
Unit, Faculty of Medicne, McGill University; former Public Service Integrity Officer,
Government of Canada; former member of the Law Reform Commission of Canada,
Québec

Neil Arya, Director, Office of Global Health, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry,
University of Western Ontario

Dr Krista Lawlor, MDCM, CFPC, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oncology, McGill
University; Clinical Teaching Unit Director, Palliative Care Service, McGill University
Health Centre, Quebec

Dr Angela How, MD, FRCP, British Columbia

Dr Margaret Keith, PhD, University of Windsor; former Research Co-ordinator,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Ontario

Dr James Brophy, PhD, University of Windsor; former Executive Director, Occupational
Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Ontario

Dr. Ilona Hale, MD,CCFP, Kimberley, British Columbia

Kathleen Mullen, M.F.A, M.A, Toronto, Ontario; Filmmaker Breathtaking, a personal
investigation into the present-day use of asbestos, Ontario

Dorothy Wigmore, MS, Occupational health specialist/hygienist, Manitoba

Alex Drossos, BESc, MBA, Certified Health Executive, MS-IV, Ontario

Dr. William Osei, Medical Health Officer, Northern Interior HSDA, British Columbia

Dr Ouanessa Younsi, MD, médecin résidente en psychiatrie, Université de Montréal,
Québec

Dr Melissa Lem, MD, CCFP, Ontario

Dr Noel Kerin, MD. MSc. FCBOM, occupational health consultant, Occupational Health
Clinics for Ontario Workers, Ontario

Jacquelyn A. Gerlach, BScN, MSc, NP, former Senior Research Associate, University of
Toronto health research unit; former Associate Director of Research, Queen’s University
health research unit, Ontario

Dr. Janet Ray, BScOT, MD, British Columbia

Dr. Bonnie Johnsen, Family Physician, Fort William Family Health Team, Ontario

Dr. Marion Dove, MD CCFP, Assistant Professor, Director of Faculty Development,
Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Québec

Dr Karin Lynn Goodison, BSc, MD, British Columbia

Dr L. Duncan Saunders, MBBCh, PhD, Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences,
University of Alberta

Dr Isabelle Goupil-Sormany, MD, FRCPC, CMFC, MSc, Centre hospitalier universitaire
de Québec, Professeur d’enseignement clinique, Université Laval, Québec

Dr Pierrette Michaud, M.D., M.Sc., Département de santé publique du Centre hospitalier
universitaire de Québec, Direction régionale de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale,
Québec

INTERNATIONAL SIGNERS:

Kaylan Stinson, MSPH, Senior Professional Research Assistant, Colorado School of
Public Health, Aurora, US

Dr Lorna Szczukowski, MD, Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Denver, US

Dr Arthur L. Frank MD,PhD, Professor of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia
PA, US

Dr Richard A. Lemen, Ph.D., Assistant Surgeon General (ret.), Rear Admiral, USPHS
(ret.), Canton, GA, US

Dr David Egliman, MD, MPH; Editor, IJOEH, Attleboro, MA, US

Dr Joseph LaDou, MS, MD, University of California School of Medicine, Division of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, San Francisco, California, USA

Dr Tushar Kant Joshi, Director, BSc. MBBS, MSc. Occ. Medicine; DLSHTM Occ.
Health; FFOM; Fellow Collegium Ramazzini; Centre for Occupational and
Environmental Health, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi; formerly National
Consultant Occupational Health, WHO India

Dr Leslie Thomas Stayner, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Division of Epidemiology
and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, US

Dra Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid. MD, MSc, PhD, Unidad de Investigación en Salud en el
Trabajo, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI.IMSS,México, D. F.

Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi MD, FAMS, FIPHA, FIAPSM, Professor and Head, Department of
Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India

Dr Philippe Grandjean, MD, DMSc, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental
Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Dr Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, Professorial Lecturer, Department of Environmental
& Occupational Health, School of Public Health & Health Services, George Washington
University, Washington, DC USA

Dr Andrew Watterson PhD CSHP, Head of the Occupational and Environmental Health
Research Group, University of Stirling, Scotland

Dr Richard Clapp, D.Sc., MPH, Professor Emeritus, Boston University School of Public
Health and Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, US

Dr David C. Christiani, MD,MPH, Elian Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics,
Harvard School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, US

Dr David Rosner, PhD, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and
History, Columbia University, New York, US

Dr David Ozonoff, MD, MPH, Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University
School of Public Health, Boston, US

Dr Christopher Sellers, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Stony Brook
University, New York, US

Dr Annie J Sasco, MD, MPH, SM, DrPH, HDR, Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention,
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Director of Research, Bordeaux
Segalen University, Bordeaux, France; former IARC scientist, including Team Leader
and Unit Chief, Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention at IARC and former Acting Chief,
WHO Programme for Cancer Control, France

Dr Thomas H Gassert, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of
Massachusetts Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Visiting Scientist in Occupational
and Environmental Medicine, Harvard University School of Public Health, US

Fernanda Giannasi, Engineer and Labour Inspector, São Paulo, Brazil

Prof. Jock McCulloch FASSA, FAAH, School of Global Studies Social Science and
Planning, RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Yossi Berger, National Occupational Health and Safety Co-ordinator, Australian
Workers’ Union. Melbourne, Australia

Dr Aubrey Miller, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Advisor, National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland US

Dr Stephen M. Levin, MD, Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai
School of Medicine, New York, NY

Dr Domyung PAEK, MD, ScD, Dean, School of Public Health, Seoul National
University; a co-chair of Ban Asbestos Network Korea

Yeyong CHOI, MSC, PhD candidate, Public Health, Seoul National University;
executive director, BAN Asbestos Network Korea; director, Asian Citizen’s Center for
Environment and Health, Korea

Jiyol JUNG, asbestosis patient, a co-chair of Korean Association of Asbestos Victims and
their Families, Korea

Junglim LEE, mesothelioma patient, member of Korean Association of Asbestosis
Victims and their Families, Korea

Dr Rosalva Sanchez Juarez, MD, Occupational Health Reg Prof, Chihuahua, Mexico

Prof. Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed., CIH, CHMM, CET Adjunct Professor of EHS and
Management Courses, Thomas College Waterville, US

Professor C. Vyvyan Howard. MB. ChB. PhD. FSB. FRCPath., Nano Systems Biology,
Centre for Molecular Bioscience, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Dr Antonio Giordano, MD, Ph.D., Director, Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and
Molecular Medicine and Center of Biotechnology College of Science and Technology,
Temple University, Philadelphia, US

Dr Jerrold L. Abraham, MD, Professor of Pathology, Director of Environmental and
Occupational Pathology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, US

Bill Ravanesi MA, MPH, Health Care Without Harm-Boston, Boston Regional Director,
Longmeadow, US

Dr Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, President, Environmental Health Trust; former
Professor of Epidemiology, and Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University
of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Graduate School of Public Health; founding director,
National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, US

Dr Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, Dean for Global Health, Ethel H. Wise Professor and
Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics; Director,
Children’s Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York,
US

Dr Janvier Gasana, MD, PhD, Medical Environmental & Occupational Epidemiologist,
Associate Professor of Environmental Health; Chairman, Florida Children’s
Environmental Health Alliance, Pembroke Pines, US

Dr Jennifer Sass, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Health and Environment, Natural Resources
Defense Council; Professorial Lecturer, Dept Environ Occup Health, George Washington
University, US

Dr Laura S Welch, MD, Medical Director, CPWR – The Center for Construction
Research and Training, Silver Spring, US

Dr Elaine B. Panitz, MD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Sheffield,
US

Dr Gerald V. Poje, Ph.D., Former board member, U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard
Investigation Board, Vienna, US

Dr Linda Forst, MD, MPH, Professor and Division Director, Environmental and
Occupational Health Sciences, Univeristy of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago,
US

Dr Anna Rask-Andersen, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Medical Sciences,
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital, UPPSALA, Sweden

Dr Hiroyuki Mori, Ph.D., Professer, Public Policy (or Economics), Ritsumeikan
University, Japan

Prof. Hemantha Wickramatillake, Professor, Occupational Medicine, Institute of Health
Sciences, University of Brunei Darussalam

Dr Morris Greenberg. MB, FRCP, former HM Senior Medical Inspector of Factories;
former Senior Medical Officer, Divison of Toxicvology & Environmental Health,
Department of Health, UK

Dr Lee Newman, MD, MA, Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational
Health, Colorado School of Public Health and Professor of Pulmonary Science and
Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, US

Dr David F. Goldsmith, MSPH, PhD, Associate Research Professor, George Washington
University, Department of Environment and Occupational Health, Washington DC, US

Dr Marc Wilkenfeld, MD, Chief,Occupational Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital,
Mineola, NY; Clinical Assistant Professor Of Medicine and Environmental Sciences,
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, US

Dr Roberto Lucchini, MD, Professor, Department of Experimental and Applied
Medicine, Section of Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene, University of Brescia,
Italy

Dr Lawrence W. Raymond, MD ScM, Director, Occupational & Environmental
Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System; Professor of Family Medicine, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US

Dr Jerrold L. Abraham, MD, Professor of Pathology, Director of Environmental and
Occupational Pathology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, US

Dr Ken Takahashi, MD, PhD, MPH, President, Asian Association for Occupational
Health; Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Acting Director of the World Health
Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health, IIES, University of
Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu City, Japan

Dr Charles F. Allendorf, MD, Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine,
Warwick, US

Dr Dennis Pocekay, MD, MPH, Clinical Lead for Occupational Health and Safety
Services (retired), The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., Petaluma, US

Dr Cecile Rose, MD, MPH, Professor of Pulmonary and Occupational Medicine,
National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Denver, US

Dr Jung-Der Wang M.D.,Sc.D., Chair Professor, Department of Public Health, National
Cheng Kung University College of Medicine, Tainan, TAIWAN

Dr Allan H. Smith, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Arsenic Health
Effects Research Program, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley,
US

Professor Myrna Santiago, BA, MA, PhD,Chair, History Department, Saint Mary’s
College of California,Moraga,US

Dr Rob McConnell, MD, Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern
California, US

Dr Bice Fubini, Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy,
University of Turin; Director of the Interdepartmental Center “G. Scansetti” for Studies
on Asbestos and other toxic particulates, Italy

Prof Jonny Myers, Centre for Occupational & Environmental Health Research, School of
Public Health & Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Richard J Jackson MD MPH, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences,
UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, US

Prof. Dr. Qamar Rahman,FNASc, Visiting Prof. Rostock University, Germany; Dean
Research (Science& Technology), Amity University, Lucknow, India

Dr Morando Soffritti, MD, Secretary General, Collegium Ramazzini and Scientific
Director, Ramazzini Institute, Bologna, Italy

Dr Karen B. Mulloy, DO, MSCJH, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Public
Health, US

Barbara Cohrssen, MS, CIH, Cohrssen Environmental, Inc., San Francisco, US

Dr Roxana Witter, MD, MSPH, MS, Associate Research Professor, Colorado School of
Public Health, Aurora, US

Dr Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, Research Associate, Colorado School of Public Health,
Aurora, US

Dr Kenneth D. Rosenman, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Occupational
and Environmental Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, US

Dr Joseph Graziano, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Professor of
Pharmacology, Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health; Director, The
Columbia University Superfund Research Program, New York, US

Dr Lorenzo Manuel Bozada Robles, Ambiente y Desarrollo Humano, A C. Mexico,
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Jas Singh PhD, CIH, Past president, Academy of Industrial Hygiene; Past Director,
American Board of Industrial Hygiene, US

Mary Koebler, RN, COHN-S / CM, Program Coordinator, Pediatric, Environment,
Health, Specialty Unit , University of California, Irvine, US

Professor Geoffrey Tweedale, Manchester Metroplitan University Business School; coauthor,
Defending the Indefensible. The Global Asbestos Industry and its Fight for
Survival, Manchester, UK

Stephen Brindley, MS, University Of Colorado Denver, Newman Lab PRA, Aurora, US

Dr Loren C. Tapp, MD, MS, Cincinnati, US

Dr Jaime Breilh, Md., MSc., PhD, Quito, Ecuador

Dr Ronald I Blum, MD FAAFP FACOEM, Medical Director, Twin Rivers Papers
(previously Fraser Papers);Past Medical Director Katahdin Paper Company and Great
Northern Paper Company; Board member, New England College of Occupational and
Environmental Medicinel; Maine Delegate, American Academy of Family Physicians

Dr Timo Partanen, PhD, MSc, MPh, BSc, Profesor ad honorem, Instituto Regional de
Estudios en Sustancias Tóxicas, Centro Colaborador de Organización Panamericana de
Salúd (OPS), Facultad de Ciencias de la Tierra y el Mar, Universidad Nacional, Heredia,
Costa Rica

Dr Shuaib Manjra, Occupational Health Specialist, Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Joe Kearney Ph.D, Post Grad Dip. Aston (B’ham) Occup Health & Safety; Founder
member and past President, Occupatonal Hygiene Society of Ireland

Prof. Dr. Noor Jehan, Chairperson, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of
Peshawar, Pakistan

Prof. Corrado Magnani, Professor of Medical Statistics, Head of the Cancer
Epidemiology Unit, Dept. Medical Sciences, Novara, Italy

Patty Jeffries, M.S., CIH, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Colorado State University
Occupational Health & Safety Consultation Program, US

Dr Jaime Breilh, MD, MSc, PhD, Quito, Ecuador

Dr Loren C. Tapp, MD, MS, Cincinnati, US

Professor Leslie London, MB ChB, MD, M Med (Public Health), DOH, BSc hons (epi),Head of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town,
Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Joseph J Fanucchi, MD, FACOEM, President and Medical Director, Occupational
Health Systems, Inc., Alamo, US

Dr Gary Greenberg, MD, MPH, Sysop / Moderator Occ-Env-Med-L MailList, University
of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Medical Director, Urban
Ministries of Wake County Open Door Clinic, US

Dr Nam Won Paik, DrPH, CIH, Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University, School of
Public Health; former President, Korean Industrial Hygiene Association, Korea

Dr Nachman Brautbar, M.D., Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini, Clinical Professor Emeritus
of Medicine, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, US

Dr Kathryn Bird, D.O., M.P.H., Occupational medicine Physician, Denver, US

Dr Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, Chief of Health Workers Program, Ministry of Health,
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dra Ana Digon, MD, Chief of Chemical Risks Program, Ministry of Health, Buenos
Aires, Argentina

Mary Beth Siewert, MSN, APRN, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Montana
Occupational Health, Bozeman, US

Allison De Vries, MPH, Center Coordinator, High Plains Intermountain Center for
Agricultural Health and Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences,
Colorado State University, US

Dr David P. Gilkey, D.C., Ph.D., CPE, Associate Professor; Director, ERHS
Undergraduate Education, Occupational and Environmental Health Section, Colorado
State University, Colorado School of Public Health, US

John Van Raalte, Industrial Hygienist, Occupational and Environmental Health Center of
Eastern New York, Albany US

Dr Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, Director, Occupational Health Program,
University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, US

Dr. Marja Sorsa, Research Professor, Emerita, Board Director, CA Consultart Oy Ltd.,
Malmiportti, Finland

Prof. A. D. Wolfgang Lohrer, Director and former head of Department of Environmental
Protection Agency in Berlin and Dessau, Berlin, Germany

Dr. John S. Andrews, Jr., MD, MPH, Assistant Senior Vice President, Academic Health
Center, University of Cincinnati, US

Dr Beate Ritz, MD, Ph.D., Dept. of Epidemiology and Center for Occupational and
Environmental Health, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, US

Dr. Yehuda Lerman, Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of
Public Health, Tel Aviv University and Head of Occupational Health Services, Clalit,
Israel

Dr Richard J. Weinstein, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Medical Director, Occupational
Medicine, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, US

Dr James Ross, MBBS MPH MMED, FAsMA AFACHSM FAFPHM FAFOEM,
Occupational and Public Health Physician: President Elect, Australasian Faculty of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Canberra, Australia

Dr Peter Noone, MB, MPH(Glas), LLM(Sal), MFOM(UK), FFOM(I), FFTM(RCPSG),
MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DOccMed, CertOHMgt, CertOHLaw, CertCBT, CertMedi,
Consultant Occupational Physician, Health Service Executive, Dublin, Ireland

Dr Friedrich Pott, MD, Professor, Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, Germany
André Cicolella, Scientific Director’s Adviser, L’Institut National de l’Environnement
Industriel et des Risques, Verneuil en Halatte, France

Dr Ramin Mehrdad, MD, MPH, Associate professor of Occupational Medicine, Tehran
University of Medical Sciences, Center for Research on Occupational Diseases, Tehran,
Iran

Prof. Dr. med. Dennis Nowak , Institut und Poliklinik für Arbeits-, Sozial- und
Umweltmedizin, WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health, Klinikum der
Universität München, Germany

Bengt Järvholm, Professor, consultant, Department of Public Health and Clinical
Medicine, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Dr Birger Heinzow, MD, Adjunct Professor, UNDA, Sydney Medical School, State
Social Services Agency, Dept. for Healthcare, Environmental Health, Kiel, Germany

Melody Kemp, environmental journalist; Health and Safety Educator (retired); former
consultant, International Labour Organisation and World Bank

Prof Mohamed F Jeebhay, Acting Director, Centre for Occupational and Environmental
Health research, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Vilma Santana, M.D., Ph.D Professor at the Institute of Collective Health, Federal
University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Karen Michell, MSc(Nur) UCT, OHS Consultant, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr James Melius ,MD, DrPH, Administrator, New York State Laborers’ Health & Safety
Trust Fund, New York, US

Dr Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Computational Medicine &
Bioinformatics; Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics and Public Health, Ann
Arbor, US

Dr Vilhjalmur Rafnsson MD, PhD, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of
Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Cuauhtemoc Arturo Juárez Perez. MSc., Investigador de la Unidad de Investigación en
Salud en el Trabajo, Centro Médico Nacional, Siglo XXI.IMSS

Dr Gilbert S. Omenn, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Computational Medicine &
Bioinformatics; Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics and Public Health, Ann
Arbor, US

Professor Mohamed F Jeebhay, MBChB, PhD, Occupational Medicine Specialist;
Associate Director, Occupational Health Centre for Occupational and Environmental
Health Research, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Prof. Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, Associate Professor, Programme Leader in Chemical Risks
and Exposure, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health Research, university of
Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Janice Fernandez de D´Pool, MD, MPH, Doctor in Medical Science, Titular Emeritus
Professor and Researcher, Instituto de Salud Ocupacional y Ambiental, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Dr Sunsik Kim, Ph.D, Special Researcher, Urban Research Plaza , Osaka City University,
Osaka, Japan

Marianne Levitsky, CIH, ROH, Chair, International Affairs Committee, American
Industrial Hygiene Association, US

Maija Kagis, Health System Consultant, Ottawa, Canada

Frank M Parker, III, CIH, CSP, PE, DEE, LAC, 45 years practicing EHS disciplines,
Texas, US

Dr Heleno Rodrigues Corrêa Filho, MD, Dr.P.H., Professor Epidemiology, UNICAMP –
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Department of Collective Health, São Paulo, BRAZIL

Dr Craig Slatin, Sc.D., MPH, Professor, Department of Community Health and
Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Editor, New Solutions, A Journal of
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy

Prof. Ignatius T.S. YU, MBBS(HK), MPH(Texas), FAFOEM, FHKCCM, FHKAM
(Community Medicine), MIEHF, FACOEM, FFPH, FHKES, FHKIOEH (Hon.),
Specialist in Occupational Medicine, Medical Advisor of Hong Kong Workers’ Health
Centre; Professor of School of Public Health & Primary Care of Chinese University of
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Wing Shun CHAU, MBBS (HK), FHKAM (Surgery), Chairperson of Hong Kong
Workers’ Health Centre, Specialist in Cardiothoracic surgery, Hong Kong

Dr. Fu Keung IP, MBBS (HK), FRCS (Edin), FHKAM (Orthopaedic Surgery), Board
member of Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre, Specialist in Orthopaedics, Hong Kong

Dr. Tsun Yan LO, MBBS (HK), FHKAM (Community Medicine), Board member of
Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre, Specialist in Occupational Medicine, Hong Kong

K.F. Leung, ROT, Vice-chairperson of Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre, Hong Kong
Patrick SO, ROT, Board member of Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre, Hong Kong

Dr David H Wegman, M.D., MPH, Professor Emeritus, Department of Work
Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, US

Dr Pitchaya Phakthongsuk, MD,PhD, Occupational health unit, community Medicine
Department, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, Thailand

Garrett Brown, MPH, CIH, Coordinator, Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network,
Berkeley, US

Dr Benedetto Terracini, Retired professor of Cancer Epidemiology, University of Torino,
Italy

Dr Susanna Rankin Bohme, Ph.D., Deputy Editor, International Journal of Occupational
and Environmental Health, Attleboro, US

Mary C. DeVany, MS, CSP, CHMM, DeVany Industrial Consultants, Vancouver, US

Dr Ildeberto Muniz de Almeida, Occupational Physician; Professor of Occupational
Medicine, Depto de Saúde Pública da Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu – UNESP,
Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

Dr Fiorella Belpoggi, Director, Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Centre, Ramazzini Institute, Italy

NOTE: Above institutions named for identification purposes only.

ORGANISATIONS:

RightOnCanada.ca, Canada

Prevent Cancer Now, Canada

Sierra Club Canada

Ayuda Mesotelioma, A.C., México

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, US

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Canada

Asbestos-related Research, Education and Advocacy Fund, Vancouver, Canada

ABREA, Associaçäo Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto/Brazilian Association ofPeople Exposed to Asbestos, Brazil

International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, UK

National Toxics Network, Australia

Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, Bangladesh

Occupational and Environmental Health Network of India

Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group, UK

Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc.

Peoples Training And Research Centre, Gujarat, INDIA

ANDEVA, Association Nationale de défense des victimes de l’amiante, France

Comité Anti Amiante Jussieu, France

Women’s Healthy Environments Network, Canada

Building and Woodworkers International

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union

Ban Asbestos France, Association de lutte contre l’amiante, France

Association Henri Pézerat, Santé Travail Environnement, France

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