Lewis D. Pepper, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

MD, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, University of California, Berkeley



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.


Medical Screening for Former DOE Workers at the Nevada Test Site, LBNL, LLNL, and Sandia Labs
09/30/2005 - 01/31/2012 (PI)
Department of Energy
DE-FC01-05EH05023

Medical Screening and Surveillance of Former Beryllium-exposed Workers (Massachusetts)
04/01/2003 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
Department of Energy

Medical Surveillance for Former DOE Workers at the Nevada Test Site
10/01/1996 - 11/30/2005 (PI)
Department of Energy

Organizations, Work Environment, and Quality of Care
09/30/2001 - 09/29/2005 (PI)
University of Connecticut HHS AHRQ

Construction Worker Exposures and Job Task Data
09/06/2002 - 02/29/2004 (PI)
Center to Protect Worker's Rights (CPWR) HHS CDC NIOSH




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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; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201409-1722ST;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 20465068.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 19953411; PMCID: PMC2791321; DOI: 10.1080/15459620903418316;.
  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; DOI: 10.1080/15459620802615772;.
  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; DOI: 10.1080/15459620802656636;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 18459143; DOI: 10.1002/ajim.20585;.
  7. Campbell R, Pepper L. Downsizing and social cohesion: the case of downsizing survivors. New Solut. 2006; 16(4):373-93. PMID: 17317636.
  8. Ozonoff D, Pepper L. Ticket to ride: spreading germs a mile high. Lancet. 2005 Mar 12-18; 365(9463):917-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 15766978.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 14571512.
  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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