Robert Harrison, MD, MPH

Title(s)Sr.Physician Diplomate, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address2330 Post Street, #460
San Francisco CA 94115
Phone415-885-7580
Emailrobert.harrison@ucsf.edu
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-9963-8009 Additional info
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    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New YorkM.D.1979Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoResidency 1982Internal Medicine
    University of California, Berkeley, BerkeleyMPH1983Public health
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoResidency1984Occupational Medicine

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    Dr. Robert Harrison joined UCSF in 1984. He founded and directed UCSF Occupational Health Services for more than 15 years, and now is a senior attending physician. He has diagnosed and treated thousands of patients with work- and environmental-induced diseases and injuries. He also directs the worker tracking and investigation program for the California Department of Public Health.

    Dr. Harrison received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine. He has served on the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board, and authored numerous publications in the area of occupational medicine. He is a clinical professor of medicine at UCSF.

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    Western States Occupational Network Meeting (WestOn)
    NIH U13OH011134Aug 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Western States Occupational Network Meeting
    NIH R13OH009753Aug 1, 2009 - Jul 31, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Occupational Health Internship Program
    NIH T03OH009220Jul 1, 2007 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    California Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance
    NIH U60OH008468Jul 1, 2005 - Jun 30, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Workers at Risk of Silicosis-Ongoing Overexposure and Lack of Medical Surveillance-Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2024 Feb 01; 184(2):225-226. Fazio JC, Gandhi SA, Harrison RJ. PMID: 38109093.
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    2. Notes from the Field: Surveillance of Silicosis Using Electronic Case Reporting - California, December 2022-July 2023. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2023 11 17; 72(46):1275-1276. Flattery J, Woolsey C, Epstein-Corbin M, Blackley DJ, Harrison RJ, Cummings KJ. PMID: 37971928; PMCID: PMC10684354.
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    3. Silicosis Among Immigrant Engineered Stone (Quartz) Countertop Fabrication Workers in California. JAMA Intern Med. 2023 09 01; 183(9):991-998. Fazio JC, Gandhi SA, Flattery J, Heinzerling A, Kamangar N, Afif N, Cummings KJ, Harrison RJ. PMID: 37486642; PMCID: PMC10366949.
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    4. Active Surveillance of Engineered Stone Workers Facilitates Early Identification of Silicosis: A Discussion of Surveillance of Occupational Lung Diseases. New Solut. 2023 Nov; 33(2-3):119-129. Gandhi SA, Heinzerling A, Flattery J, Fazio JC, Alam A, Cummings KJ, Harrison RJ. PMID: 37649363.
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    5. Rare case of occupational pulmonary hemorrhage in a firefighter. Respir Med Case Rep. 2022; 39:101722. Gandhi SA, Welch TJ, Jones KD, Cummings KJ, Styles L, Blanc PD, Harrison RJ. PMID: 35993005; PMCID: PMC9389297.
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    6. Safe patient handling legislation and musculoskeletal disorders among California healthcare workers: Analysis of workers' compensation data, 2007-2016. Am J Ind Med. 2022 07; 65(7):589-603. Lee SJ, Lee JH, Harrison R. PMID: 35582774; PMCID: PMC9880307.
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    7. Differences in Hospitals' Workplace Violence Incident Reporting Practices: A Mixed Methods Study. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2022 May; 23(2):98-108. Odes R, Chapman S, Ackerman S, Harrison R, Hong O. PMID: 35317690; PMCID: PMC9234774.
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    8. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Firefighters/Paramedics in San Francisco, CA. J Occup Environ Med. 2021 11 01; 63(11):e807-e812. Grant M, Harrison R, Nuñez A, Kurtz T, Phelps S, Brokaw J, Shusterman D. PMID: 34739446; PMCID: PMC8562912.
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    9. Development of a Data Visualization Tool for Occupational Exposure to Chemicals of Concern for Breast Cancer Among California Working Women, 2010-2014. New Solut. 2022 02; 31(4):400-412. Beckman S, Silver E, Weinberg JL, Hurley S, Frederick M, Chan J, Reynolds P, Harrison R. PMID: 34325565.
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    10. Excess mortality associated with the COVID-19 pandemic among Californians 18-65 years of age, by occupational sector and occupation: March through November 2020. PLoS One. 2021; 16(6):e0252454. Chen YH, Glymour M, Riley A, Balmes J, Duchowny K, Harrison R, Matthay E, Bibbins-Domingo K. PMID: 34086762; PMCID: PMC8177528.
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    11. Assessment of Methylene Chloride-Related Fatalities in the United States, 1980-2018. JAMA Intern Med. 2021 06 01; 181(6):797-805. Hoang A, Fagan K, Cannon DL, Rayasam SDG, Harrison R, Shusterman D, Singla V. PMID: 33871539; PMCID: PMC8056315.
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    12. Protecting Olympic Participants from Covid-19 - The Urgent Need for a Risk-Management Approach. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jul 01; 385(1):e2. Sparrow AK, Brosseau LM, Harrison RJ, Osterholm MT. PMID: 34033274.
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    13. Frequency of violence towards healthcare workers in the United States' inpatient psychiatric hospitals: A systematic review of literature. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2021 Feb; 30(1):27-46. Odes R, Chapman S, Harrison R, Ackerman S, Hong O. PMID: 33150644.
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    14. Solvent-based paint and varnish removers: a focused toxicologic review of existing and alternative constituents. J Appl Toxicol. 2020 10; 40(10):1325-1341. Durrani T, Clapp R, Harrison R, Shusterman D. PMID: 32342556.
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    15. Factors associated with physical injury or police involvement during incidents of workplace violence in hospitals: Findings from the first year of California's new standard. Am J Ind Med. 2020 06; 63(6):543-549. Odes R, Hong O, Harrison R, Chapman S. PMID: 32166835.
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    16. Impact of California's safe patient handling legislation on musculoskeletal injury prevention among nurses. Am J Ind Med. 2019 01; 62(1):50-58. Lee SJ, Lee JH, Harrison R. PMID: 30474130.
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    17. Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Emergency Department Visits Associated With Wildfire Smoke Exposure in California in 2015. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 04 11; 7(8). Wettstein ZS, Hoshiko S, Fahimi J, Harrison RJ, Cascio WE, Rappold AG. PMID: 29643111; PMCID: PMC6015400.
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    18. Occupational HIV Transmission Among Male Adult Film Performers - Multiple States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Feb 12; 65(5):110-4. Wilken JA, Ried C, Rickett P, Arno JN, Mendez Y, Harrison RJ, Wohlfeiler D, Bauer HM, Joyce MP, Switzer WM, Heneine W, Shankar A, Mark KE. PMID: 26866344.
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    19. Sudden Deaths Among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers Resulting from Oxygen Deficiency and Inhalation of Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors - United States, January 2010-March 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Jan 15; 65(1):6-9. Harrison RJ, Retzer K, Kosnett MJ, Hodgson M, Jordan T, Ridl S, Kiefer M. PMID: 26766558.
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    20. Isocyanates and work-related asthma: Findings from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-2008. Am J Ind Med. 2015 Nov; 58(11):1138-49. Lefkowitz D, Pechter E, Fitzsimmons K, Lumia M, Stephens AC, Davis L, Flattery J, Weinberg J, Harrison RJ, Reilly MJ, Filios MS, White GE, Rosenman KD. PMID: 26351141; PMCID: PMC4697263.
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    21. Erratum to "acute symptoms associated with chemical exposures and safe work practices among hospital and campus cleaning workers: a pilot study". Am J Ind Med. 2015 Aug; 58(8):914. Lee SJ, Nam B, Harrison R, Hong O. PMID: 26179115.
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    22. Acute symptoms associated with chemical exposures and safe work practices among hospital and campus cleaning workers: a pilot study. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Nov; 57(11):1216-26. Lee SJ, Nam B, Harrison R, Hong O. PMID: 25223949; PMCID: PMC9275785.
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    23. Gender differences in work-related asthma: surveillance data from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-2008. J Asthma. 2014 Sep; 51(7):691-702. White GE, Seaman C, Filios MS, Mazurek JM, Flattery J, Harrison RJ, Reilly MJ, Rosenman KD, Lumia ME, Stephens AC, Pechter E, Fitzsimmons K, Davis LK. PMID: 24673105; PMCID: PMC4697262.
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    24. Fatalities due to dichloromethane in paint strippers: a continuing problem. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Aug; 56(8):907-10. Macisaac J, Harrison R, Krishnaswami J, McNary J, Suchard J, Boysen-Osborn M, Cierpich H, Styles L, Shusterman D. PMID: 23450690.
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    25. Influenza vaccination among health care personnel in California: 2010-2011 influenza season. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Aug; 41(8):e65-71. Lee SJ, Harrison R, Rosenberg J, McLendon P, Boston E, Lindley MC. PMID: 23394860; PMCID: PMC4657550.
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    26. Follow-up of neck and shoulder pain among sewing machine operators: The Los Angeles garment study. Am J Ind Med. 2010 Apr; 53(4):352-60. Wang PC, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Rempel DM, Ritz BR. PMID: 20017187.
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    27. Self-reported pain and physical signs for musculoskeletal disorders in the upper body region among Los Angeles garment workers. Work. 2009; 34(1):79-87. Wang PC, Rempel DM, Hurwitz EL, Harrison RJ, Janowitz I, Ritz BR. PMID: 19923678.
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    28. A randomized controlled trial of chair interventions on back and hip pain among sewing machine operators: the los angeles garment study. J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Mar; 50(3):255-62. Wang PC, Ritz BR, Janowitz I, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Chan J, Rempel DM. PMID: 18332775.
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    29. A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of new task chairs on shoulder and neck pain among sewing machine operators: the Los Angeles garment study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Apr 20; 32(9):931-8. Rempel DM, Wang PC, Janowitz I, Harrison RJ, Yu F, Ritz BR. PMID: 17450065.
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    30. FIOH-sponsored newsletter misrepresents asbestos hazards in Zimbabwe. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2006 Jul-Sep; 12(3):254-8. Bailar JC, Ballal SG, Boback M, Castleman B, Chee HL, Cherniack M, Christiani D, Cicolella A, Fernández de D'Pool J, Egilman D, Frank AL, Garcia MA, Giannasi F, Greenberg M, Harrison RJ, Huff J, Infante P, de Souza EJ, Joshi TK, Kamuzora P, Kazan-Allen L, Kern DG, Kromhout H, Kuswadji S, LaDou J, Lemen RA, Levenstein C, Luethje B, Mancini F, Meel BL, Mekonnen Y, Mendes R, Murie F, Myers J, O'Neill R, Osaro E, Paek D, Richter E, Robertson E, Samuels SW, Soskolne CL, Stuckey R, Teitelbaum DT, Terracini B, Thébaud-Mony A, Vanhoorne M, Wang X, Watterson A, Wedeen R. PMID: 16967833.
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    31. Garment workers in California: health outcomes of the Asian Immigrant Women Workers Clinic. AAOHN J. 2004 Nov; 52(11):465-75. Burgel BJ, Lashuay N, Israel L, Harrison R. PMID: 15587459.
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    32. Processes of care for individuals with work related asthma: treatment characteristics and impact of asthma on work. AAOHN J. 2004 Aug; 52(8):327-37. Roberts JL, Janson S, Gillen M, Flattery J, Harrison R. PMID: 15357371.
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