PHILADELPHIA – Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, MPH, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and chief of the division of Occupational Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded the 2015 Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education or Researcher from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) in May at the group’s 2015 conference in Baltimore, Md.

The award, named after occupational medicine pioneer and past ACOEM president Robert A. Kehoe, MD, is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to academic excellence or research in the fields of occupational or environmental medicine.

Green-McKenzie was recognized for her leadership as director of Penn Medicine’s Occupational Medicine residency program. Her tireless work resulted in a train-in-place program, which is an innovative model for post-graduate education.

Her research focuses on outcomes in Occupational Medicine, especially in the areas of blood borne pathogen exposures, workers’ compensation costs and residency education, and has been published by journals including The Journal for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, Green-McKenzie received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and her master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

ACOEM is an international group of 5,000 occupational physicians and provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces and environments.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.

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