University of California
David M. Rempel, MD, MPH

David M. Rempel, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus of Medicine (UCSF)
Professor in Bioengineering (UCB)
School of Medicine
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of California
Creative Achievements
• Mapped pressures in the carpal tunnel as a function of complex hand postures. The highest pressures occurred in postures previously associated with high risk for carpal tunnel syndrome
• Design of alternative keyboards and computer mice to reduce risk for musculoskeletal disorders.
• Design of interventions for drilling into concrete to reduce arm loads and vibration.
• Design of workplace randomized controlled trials to evaluate the effects of ergonomic interventions on upper extremity disorders.
•Directed 7-university prospective study to identify risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome in 4123 workers

Current Research Interests
• Peripheral nerve entrapment
• Design of hand tools
• Work-related tendon disorders
• Hand biomechanics
• Ergonomics
Key Publications
• Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace. 2001. Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace. 2001. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. 512 p. 
 • Keir PJ, Bach JM, Hudes M, Rempel DM.  Guidelines for wrist posture based on carpal tunnel pressure thresholds.  Human Factors 2007, 49(1):88-89.
•Rempel D, Willms K, Anshel J, Jaschinski W, Sheedy J.  The effects of visual display distance on eye accommodation, head posture, and vision and neck symptoms.  Human Factors 2007; 49(5):830-838.
•Harris C, Eisen E, Goldberg R, Krause N, Rempel D.  Workplace and individual factors in wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers - the San Francisco study (1st Place PREMUS best paper competition).  Scandinavian Journal of Work and Environmental Health.  2011; 37(2):86-98
• Nakama L, King K, Abrahamsson SO, Rempel D.  Evidence of tendon microtears due to cyclical loading in an in vivo tendinopathy model.  J Orthop Res 2005, 23(5):1199-1205. • Rempel D, Krause N, Goldberg R, Benner D, Hudes M, Goldner GU.  A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effects of Two Workstation Interventions on Upper Body Pain and Incident Musculoskeletal Disorders among Computer Operators.  Occup Environ Med 2006, 63(5):300-306.
• Murthy G, Kahan NJ, Hargens AR, Rempel DM. 1997. Forearm muscle oxygenation decreases with low levels of voluntary contraction. J Orthop Research 15(4):507-11

• Ergonomics (UCB)
• Occupational Biomechanics Seminar (UCB)
• Occupational Medicine Clinic, Attending Physician (UCSF)
• NIH-Fogarty Senior International Fellowship
• IEA/Liberty Mutual Prize in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 2006