Rafael Yitzhak Lefkowitz MD MPH
Instructor in Medicine (Occupational Medicine)
seafarer health; environmental exposures;
Seafarer Research: I am actively working in the Yale-Future Care collaboration to better understand, treat, and prevent seafarer medical problems occurring at sea.
Airborne Hazards of the Gulf Oil Spill: I am developing a teaching module on this topic for primary care providers in the Gulf region (funded by AOEC).
Seafarers are a vital workforce essential to the global economy. They also suffer from high rates of injury and illness, which is a big problem since access to medical care is challenging by nature of their trade. I am working to understand the patterns and causes of seafarer illness and injury. I hope to generate effective occupational/preventive medicine strategies and optimize seafarer health services.