University of California
David M. Rempel, MD, MPH

David M. Rempel, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine (UCSF)
Professor in Bioengineering (UCB)
School of Medicine
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of California
Richmond, CA 94804
510-665-3403 Fax: 510-665-3423
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.

Current Research Interests
• Peripheral nerve entrapment
• Design of hand tools
• Work-related tendon disorders
• Hand biomechanics
• Ergonomics
Key Publications
• Rempel D, Abrahamsson SO. 2001. The effects of reduced oxygen tension on cell proliferation and matrix synthesis in synovium and tendon explants from the rabbit carpal tunnel: An experimental study in vitro. J Orthop Res 19(1):143-48.
• 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.
• Rempel D, Star D, Barr A, Blanco MM, Janowitz I.  Field evaluation of a modified intervention for overhead drilling.  J Occup Environ Hygiene 2010; 7(4):194-202.
• 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
• Schlossberg E, Morrow S, Llosa A, Mamary E, Dietrich P, Rempel D.  Upper Extremity Pain and Computer Use among Engineering Graduate Students.  Am J Ind Med 2004, 46(3):297-303.
• 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.
• Dennerlein JT, Mote Jr CD, Rempel D. 1998. Control strategies for finger movement during touch typing: The role of th extrinsic muscles during a keystroke. Experimental Brain Research 121:1-6.
• 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