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David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

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Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 276-4119

Fax: (585) 461-4532

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Dr. Rich's research focuses on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and perinatal/reproductive health effects of exposures to environmental agents including ambient air pollution. He is an environmental epidemiologist whose research is directed at understanding not only if specific environmental agents impact health, but also by what pathophysiologic mechanisms, by what environmental pollutant or mixture, and in what potentially susceptible sub-group of the population. Working with a large collaborative air pollution research group, he also studies whether different air pollution mixtures, sources, and components impact cardiopulmonary and reproductive events and biomarkers of different pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying such health effects.

Current research studies include:

1. Potential pathophysiologic mechanisms linking air pollution exposure to reduced birth weight, in a cohort of pregnant women living in Beijing, China

2. Development of a year around land use regression model to predict hourly secondary pollutant concentrations at any location in Monroe County, New York: Application in a study of ST-elevation myocardial infarction

3. Impacts of personal and ambient concentrations of ozone and other pollutants on cardiovascular and pulmonary function

4. Impact of environmental policies and changes in air pollution and particle composition across New York State on cause specific hospital admission rates among New York State residents

5. Have changes in air pollution levels and composition reduced the risks of myocardial infarction and fetal growth restriction in Rochester, New York? An accountability study



B.S. | Rutgers University, Cook College
Public Health

M.P.H. | University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health
Epidemiology & Quantitative Methods

Sc.D. | Harvard School of Public Health
Epidemiology & Environmental Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2004 - 2005
Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Aging

2004 - 2005
Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health


George H. Cook Distinguished Alumni Award
Sponsor: Distinguished Alumni Award
Location: Rutgers University, Cook College Alumni Association

Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper of 2013
Sponsor: International Society of Environmental Epidemiology

Excellence in Teaching Award
Sponsor: UMDNJ (now Rutgers), School of Public Health Student Government

B.S. (with Honors)
Sponsor: Rutgers University, Cook College
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

1993 - 1994
George H. Cook Scholar (B.S.)
Sponsor: Rutgers University, Cook College
Location: Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ

1990 - 1994
General Honors Program (B.S.)
Sponsor: Rutgers University, Cook College
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

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Journal Articles

Rich DQ, Thurston SW, Balmes JR, Bromberg PA, Arjomandi M, Hazucha MJ, Alexis NE, Ganz P, Zareba W, Thevenet-Morrison K, Koutrakis P, Frampton MW. "Does Ambient Ozone or Other Pollutants Modify Effects of Controlled Ozone Exposure on Pulmonary Function?" Annals of the American Thoracic Society.. 2020 Mar 3; Epub 2020 Mar 03.

Li T, Cushman JT, Shah MN, Kelly AG, Rich DQ, Jones CMC. "American Journal of Emergency Medicine." Li T, Cushman JT, Shah MN, Kelly AG, Rich DQ, Jones CMC. 2020; .

Croft DP, Zhang W, Lin S, Thurston SW, Hopke PK, van Wijngaarden E, Squizzato S, Masiol M, Utell MJ, Rich DQ. "Associations between Source-Specific Particulate Matter and Respiratory Infections in New York State Adults." Environmental science & technology.. 2020 Jan 21; 54(2):975-984. Epub 2019 Dec 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Evaluating Alternative Exposure Metrics Used for Multipollutant Air Quality and Human Health Studies.
Book Title: Steyn DG, Builtjes PJH, Timmermans RMA (eds): Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XXII - NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security
Author List: Ozkaynak H, Isakov V, Baxter L, Graham SE, Sarnat SE, Sarnat J, Mulholland J, Turpin B, Rich DQ, Lunden M
Published By: Springer Netherlands 2014

Chapter Title: Indoor and outdoor pollution
Book Title: Fishman's Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders
Author List: Rich DQ, Samet JM, Utell MJ
Edited By: Grippi MA, Elias JA, Fishman JA, Pack AI, Senior RM, Kotloff R
Published By: McGraw-Hill 2014 in New York