Posted on February 12, 2020

ADAO 16th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference
“Where Knowledge and Action Unite”
April 3 – 5, 2020
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is proud to present a weekly series Meet the Speakers and Honorees,” which will highlight the esteemed participants of our highly anticipated 16th Annual International Asbestos Awareness & Prevention Conference! The ADAO conference, which will take place on April 3-5, 2020 in Washington, D.C., combines 30 expert opinions, victims’ stories, and new technological advancements nearly 10 countries across the globe into one united voice raising awareness about asbestos. ADAO is the only U.S. nonprofit that organizes annual conferences dedicated solely to preventing asbestos exposure and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases. Register here today!

Session 2 Speakers: Dr. Bruce Heckman, Dr. Jacqueline M. Moline, Maggie Rieber, and Dr. Andrea Wolf

Session 2 Moderator: Dr. Steven Markowitz


Bruce Heckman, MD, MPH, received his M.D degree from New York Medical College in 1967 and served his Residency and Hematology Fellowship there as well. I received a Masters in Public Health from Yale University. I was in the private practice of Internal Medicine in Ossining, New York from 1974 through 2019. I founded and was Medical Director of the Hospice program at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, New York from 1983 to 2016. I have been building a Palliative Care program at New York Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, New York for the past three years and, as of January 1st 2020 I have been devoting full time to this endeavor. Mitigating suffering and helping families to cope is my calling and education is part of that commitment.

Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, is an occupational medicine physician, directs the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (CCHE) at Queens College, City University of New York and is a member of the ADAO Science Advisory Board. He is an Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his B.A. from Yale University and MD and DrPH (epidemiology) from Columbia University. With the United Steelworkers, Dr. Markowitz directs the Worker Health Protection Program, a national medical screening program for Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers that has since 2000 used low-dose CT scanning to screen over 13,000 workers for early lung cancer detection. He also directs the sheet metal workers’ lung cancer screening program. Dr. Markowitz has continued the work of Dr. Irving Selikoff in documenting asbestos-related mortality among North American insulators. Dr. Markowitz served for 12 years as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine (AJIM) and was the Associate Editor of a major textbook, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 4th Edition. He serves or has served on Federal EPA, NIOSH, NTP, and DOL Committees or Boards

Jacqueline M. Moline, M.D., M.Sc. is an Occupational Medicine specialist and Professor of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention and Internal Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago. She completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Yale University and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she obtained her Masters of Science degree. She is the former Director of the NIOSH funded New York/New Jersey Education and Research Center in Occupational Safety and Health. After 19 years on the faculty at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she joined Northwell Health as the founding Chairperson of the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention. Dr. Moline continues to maintain a clinical practice, focusing on patients with occupational exposures such as asbestos. Since 2001, many of Dr. Moline’s endeavors have been centered on the medical evaluation and treatment of World Trade Center (WTC) responders. While at Mount Sinai she directed the WTC health program, which she now runs at Northwell Health in Queens, NY. In 2010, Dr. Moline was the recipient of the Kehoe Award of Merit from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for significant contributions to research in the field of occupational and environmental medicine and she has received numerous awards for her service to WTC responders

Maggie Rieber is a Pleural and Pericardial Mesothelioma Warrior. She was diagnosed January 26, 2015 at the age of 35. She was given less than 12 months to live and is now celebrating her 5-year anniversary living with mesothelioma. Maggie has supported ADAO mission since her diagnosis in 2015 and has met with her Missouri senators several times regarding a ban on Asbestos. Maggie resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband and dog, Gracie.

Andrea Wolf, MD, MPH, is Director of the NY Mesothelioma Program and Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She graduated Cum Laude from Princeton and earned highest honors at Harvard Medical School. She served as Chief Resident in Surgery at the MGH and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she completed a Thoracic Oncology Research Fellowship while earning her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has expertise in surgery for pleural mesothelioma and VATS lobectomy, and research interests in mesothelioma, health care disparities, and lung cancer. She recently co-edited the third edition of Sugarbaker’s Adult Chest Surgery, has presented at national and international meetings, and published extensively on pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer. She has one son and loves to run.


Check back next week for the third installment of “Meet the Speakers and Honorees” featuring our 2019 conference Session 3 speakers.

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