John Howard is the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Howard was first appointed NIOSH Director in 2002 during the George W. Bush Administration and served in that position until 2008. In 2009, Dr. Howard worked as a consultant with the US-Afghanistan Health Initiative. In September of 2009, Dr. Howard was again appointed NIOSH Director, and was reappointed for a third six-year term in 2015. Prior to his appointments as NIOSH Director and WTC Health Program Administrator, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 1991 through 2002.
Dr. Howard earned a Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago; a Master of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health; a Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles; and a Master of Law in Administrative Law and Economic Regulation, and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, both degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health, policy and law.
Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM is President and Chief Medical Officer of OccuMedix, an occupational medicine consulting firm located in Dresher, PA. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine and has a Master’s of Public Health in Occupational Medicine. She has been a certified Medical Review Officer since 1996 and has been listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since its inception. Dr. Hartenbaum has extensive experience in the clinical, corporate, and academic settings and is a nationally recognized expert in occupational fitness for duty with a special focus on transportation.
Dr. Hartenbaum is the editor of The DOT Medical Examination: An Unofficial Guide to Commercial Driver Medical Certification, now in its 7th edition, and CDME Review, a quarterly newsletter for commercial driver medical examiners. She has published and lectured nationally on various issues of fitness evaluations in the workplace and is the course director for ACOEM’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner training program.
Some projects Dr, Hartenbaum had worked on include: Tri-Medical Society Task Force (American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians and the National Sleep Foundation) on Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators; Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication Toolkit for the Federal Transit Administration; Medical Standards for Railroad Workers for the Federal Motor Railroad Administration; the Medical Expert Panels on Schedule II Medications and on Traumatic Brain Injury for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and the National Academy of Science’s Panel on Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health.
Dr. Hartenbaum is on both the clinical and teaching faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and also serves as the Medical Director/Advisor for several companies.
Dr. Hartenbaum is Past-President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Hartenbaum holds a BA in Biology from Temple University, an MD from Temple University School of Medicine and an MPH in Occupational Medicine from Medical College of Wisconsin.