University of California
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH

Robert Harrison, MD, MPH

Clinical Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of California
San Francisco, CA 94143-1661
robert.harrison@ucsf.edu
415-885-7580 Fax: 415-771-6472
 
Creative Achievements
• Found that exposure to ribavirin aerosol among health care workers may pose a reproductive hazard
• Found that cost-effective ergonomic solutions may prevent musculoskeletal disorders among garment workers
• Found that wildland firefighters have decreased lung function after a fire season as compared to their pre-season baseline values
 
Current Research Interests
• Risk factors and prevention strategies for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma and pesticide poisoning among the California workforce
• Risk factors and prevention strategies for work-related fatalities
• Musculoskeletal disorders among garment workers
 
Key Publications
• Leigh JP, Cone JE, Harrison RJ. 2001. Costs of occupational injuries and illnesses in California. Prev Med 32:393-406.
• Reinisch F, Harrison RJ, Cussler S, Athanasoulis M, Cone J, Balmes J, Blanc P, Cone JE. 2001. Physician reports of work-related asthma in California 1993-1996. Amer J Ind Medicine 39:72-83.
• Sutton PM, Nicas M, Reinisch F, Harrison RJ. 1998. Evaluating the control of tuberculosis among healthcare workers: adherence to CDC guidelines of three urban hospitals in California. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 19:487-93.
• Liu D, Tager IB, Balmes JR, Harrison RJ. 1992. The effect of smoke inhalation on lung function and airway responsiveness in wildland firefighters. Amer Rev Resp Dis 146:1469-73.
• Rempel D, Harrison RJ, Barnhart S. 1992. Work-related cumulative trauma disorders of the upper extremity. JAMA 267:838-42.
• Materna BL, Jones JR, Sutton PM, Rothman N, Harrison RJ. 1992. Occupational exposures in California wildland firefighting. Amer Ind Hyg Assoc J 53:69-76.
• Harrison RJ, Bellows J, Jin A, Guglielmo J. 1988. Assessing exposures of health-care personnel to aerosols of ribavirin-California. MMWR 37:560.
• Harrison RJ, Letz G, Pasternak G, Blanc P. 1987. Fulminant hepatic failure after occupational exposure to 2-nitropropane. Ann Int Med 107:466-68.
 
Teaching
• Occupational Disease (UCB)
 
Public and University Service
• ANSI Z365 Accredited Standards Committee: Control of Cumulative Trauma Disorders
• Special Emphasis Panel, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
• Surveillance Planning Workgroup, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
• UC Office of the President - Environmental, Safety and Health Panel
• NIOSH/DOE Physician Panel
 
Honors
• American Lung Association Clean Air Award - 2001