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Lewis D. Pepper, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEnvironmental Health
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-4620
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Lew Pepper has worked as a physician and researcher in occupational health for the past 20 years. His research focuses on the health impacts of exposures to lead and other workplace hazards, as well as the impacts of work organization and employee control on workers’ health and productivity.
For the past nine years Dr. Pepper has studied the US Department of Energy workforce. He completed a five-year study of the health impacts of the large-scale downsizing of DOE employees in the early 1990s. A medical screening and surveillance study of former employees of the DOE's Nevada Test Site, who were exposed to numerous hazards during the weapons testing era, is now in its sixth year. Along with investigators at other DOE facilities, Dr. Pepper has helped create for DOE the first comprehensive federal employee compensation program.
Dr. Pepper and colleagues at the University of Connecticut and the New England Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers are studying the relationship between the working conditions of health care employees and the quality of care delivered to their patients. Dr. Pepper’s interest in the relationship between the social organization of work, worker autonomy, and health status continues to shape his ongoing research and professional interests.

 Publications
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  1. Balmes JR, Abraham JL, Dweik RA, Fireman E, Fontenot AP, Maier LA, Muller-Quernheim J, Ostiguy G, Pepper LD, Saltini C, Schuler CR, Takaro TK, Wambach PF. An official American Thoracic Society statement: diagnosis and management of beryllium sensitivity and chronic beryllium disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Nov 15; 190(10):e34-59. PMID: 25398119.
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  2. Takaro TK, Davis D, Van Rensburg SJ, Arroyo Aguilar RS, Algranti E, Bailar JC, Belpoggi F, Berlin M, Bhattacharya S, Bonnier Viger YV, Brophy J, Bustinza R, Cameron RB, Dement JM, Egilman D, Castleman B, Chaturvedi S, Cherniack M, Choudhury H, Demers PA, Digangi J, Digon A, Edwards JG, Englund A, Erikson B, Corréa Filho HR, Franco G, Frank AL, Freund A, Gee D, Giordano A, Gochfeld M, Gilberg M, Goldsmith DF, Goldstein BD, Grandjean P, Greenberg M, Gut I, Harari R, Hindry M, Hogstedt C, Huff J, Infante PF, Järvholm B, Kern DG, Keifer M, Khatter K, Kjuus H, Keith M, Koo LC, Kumar A, LaDou J, Landrigan PJ, Lemen RA, Last JM, Lee CW, Leigh J, Levin SM, Lippman A, Madrid GA, McCulloch J, McDiarmid MA, Merchant JA, Monforton C, Morse T, Muir DC, Mukerjee D, Mulloy KB, Myers J, Nuwayhid I, Orris P, Ozonoff D, Paek D, Patra M, Pelclová D, Pepper L, Poje GV, Rahman Q, Reyes B, Robinson BW, Rodríguez E, Rose C, Rosenman KD, Rosenstock L, Ruchirawat M, Rydzynski K, Schneider J, Silverstein B, Siqueira CE, Slatin C, Soffritti M, Soskoline C, Sparer J, Stayner LT, Takaro TK, Tarkowski S, Teitelbaum DT, Tompa A, Trosic I, Turcotte F, Vilela RA, Waterman YR, Watterson A, Wegman DH, Welch LS, Woitowitz HJ, Yanri Z, Zavariz C. Scientists appeal to Quebec Premier Charest to stop exporting asbestos to the developing world. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2010 Apr-Jun; 16(2):241-8. PMID: 20465068.
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  3. Rodrigues EG, Virji MA, McClean MD, Weinberg J, Woskie S, Pepper LD. Personal exposure, behavior, and work site conditions as determinants of blood lead among bridge painters. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2010 Feb; 7(2):80-7. PMID: 19953411.
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  4. Virji MA, Woskie SR, Pepper LD. Task-based lead exposures and work site characteristics of bridge surface preparation and painting contractors. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2009 Feb; 6(2):99-112. PMID: 19065390.
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  5. Virji MA, Woskie SR, Pepper LD. Skin and surface lead contamination, hygiene programs, and work practices of bridge surface preparation and painting contractors. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2009 Feb; 6(2):131-42. PMID: 19107672.
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  6. Rodrigues EG, McClean MD, Weinberg J, Pepper LD. Beryllium sensitization and lung function among former workers at the Nevada Test Site. Am J Ind Med. 2008 Jul; 51(7):512-23. PMID: 18459143.
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  7. Campbell R, Pepper L. Downsizing and social cohesion: the case of downsizing survivors. New Solut. 2006; 16(4):373-93. PMID: 17317636.
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  8. Ozonoff D, Pepper L. Ticket to ride: spreading germs a mile high. Lancet. 2005 Mar 12-18; 365(9463):917-9. PMID: 15766978.
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  9. Pepper L, Messinger M, Weinberg J, Campbell R. Downsizing and health at the United States Department of Energy. Am J Ind Med. 2003 Nov; 44(5):481-91. PMID: 14571512.
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  10. Campbell R, Pepper L. Organizational downsizing: implications for the health of survivors. New Solut. 2002; 12(2):177-94. PMID: 17208766.
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  11. Proctor SP, Heeren T, White RF, Wolfe J, Borgos MS, Davis JD, Pepper L, Clapp R, Sutker PB, Vasterling JJ, Ozonoff D. Health status of Persian Gulf War veterans: self-reported symptoms, environmental exposures and the effect of stress. Int J Epidemiol. 1998 Dec; 27(6):1000-10. PMID: 10024195.
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  12. Kales SN, Feldman J, Pepper L, Fish SS, Ozonoff D, Christiani DC. Carboxyhemoglobin levels in patients with cocaine-related chest pain. Chest. 1994 Jul; 106(1):147-50. PMID: 8020262.
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  13. Hu H, Pepper L, Goldman R. Effect of repeated occupational exposure to lead, cessation of exposure, and chelation on levels of lead in bone. Am J Ind Med. 1991; 20(6):723-35. PMID: 1805610.
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