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Jeff Burgess MD, MS, MPH

Jeff  Burgess MD, MS, MPH


Community, Environment & Policy Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Drachman Hall Rm A239
PO Box: 245163
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-4918


Professor, Public Health
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Adjunct Professor, Mining and Geological Engineering

Prior to joining MEZCOPH, Dr. Burgess worked as an emergency physician, medical toxicologist and occupational and environmental medicine physician. His occupational research projects have been focused on reducing toxic exposures and preventing injuries and illnesses among firefighters, other first responders, and miners. His environmental focus has been on the improvement of emergency preparedness, evaluation of population-level exposures to arsenic, and working with tribal partners to address adverse exposures.

Dr. Burgess participates in several university-wide health collaborations, including the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, and Bio5. He has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. He has also served on national committees dedicated to fostering research to improve the health and safety of public safety personnel and miners. 

Educational Background:

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
     A.B. in Biology 1983
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
     M.D. 1988
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
     M.S. in Toxicology, Concentration in Industrial Hygiene, 1993
University of Washington Department of Environmental Health, School
     of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA
     M.P.H. 1996

Postgraduate Training:

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
     Internship and Residency in Emergency Medicine, 1988 - 1991
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
     Clinical Toxicology Fellowship, 1991 - 1993
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
     Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellowship, 1994 - 1995

Courses Taught: EHS 553 (Spring Semesters): Toxicology and Chemical Exposure

Research Synopsis

Dr. Burgess’ research focuses on improving occupational and environmental health and safety, working in partnership with firefighters and other public safety personnel, miners, and indigenous communities. Areas of current and past research include reduction of occupational and environmental exposures, illnesses and injuries, and improvement of public health preparedness.

Recent Publications

Curriculum Vitae: 

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