Rupali Das Appointed Executive Medical Director of Division of Workers’ Compensation

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Rupali Das

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) appointed Rupali Das to the position of executive medical director for DWC.

“The medical director plays a vital role in the division’s mission to provide quality care to injured workers and return them to their jobs,” DWC Administrative Director Rosa Moran said in a prepared statement.“ Dr. Das brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enable us to fulfill that mission and ensure the workers’ compensation system is working for all parties.”

Das was chief of the Exposure Assessment Section in the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) since 2009 and led the innovative program “Biomonitoring California.” She joined CDPH in 1998 as a public health medical officer in the Occupational Health Branch During her tenure with CDPH, she developed and directed the Occupational Pesticide Illness Prevention Program using mandated physician and workers’ compensation reports to track work-related pesticide illness; led environmental and occupational emergency preparedness efforts; and focused on tracking and reducing occupational infectious diseases. Previously, she worked on air pollution issues at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Das attended medical school at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital. She has a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley and is a graduate of UCSF’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellowship Program. She is board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine. In addition to her position at DWC, Das is an associate clinical professor of medicine in the UCSF Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Das has been a lecturer and course director for several COEH continuing education programs and has been an important collaborator on numerous COEH research and outreach efforts.

Condensed from press releases issued by the California Department of industrial Relations and the California Department of Public Health. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_newslines/2012/Newsline_21-12.html and http://www.ehib.org/person.jsp?person_key=3502&eo.

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