Dr. Michael Harbut
Director, The National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers
4100 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201
American University of the Caribbean - 1984
University Of Michigan
Dr. Michael Harbut is an internationally renowned expert on environmental and workplace diseases, including asbestos-related diseases. His experience is very broad: He has authored numerous studies, including the world’s largest study of respiratory health in ironworkers exposed to asbestos; he has testified before the United States Senate and presented at the White House; and he has served as medical coordinator at a refugee camp in Zaire during the Rwandese Civil War. Dr. Harbut currently leads the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers, an institute of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. He also teaches internal medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Harbut studied internal medicine at the American University of the Caribbean, an international medical school based in Coral Gables, Florida. He also received a Master in Public Health, Environmental and Industrial Health from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Eastern European History from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Throughout his career, Dr. Harbut has been engaged in numerous international and policy pursuits with regard to organizational and environmental health. During the Cold War, he served as Chief U.S. Medical Advisor to Poland’s Solidarity trade union. His work established a number of medical “Centers for Excellence,” and he was recognized for his efforts by the International Rescue Committee. Dr. Harbut was later granted a prestigious Broad Pump Award by the Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility for his efforts to improve standards for arsenic in American drinking water. And during Rwanda’s civil war, Dr. Harbut treated refugees at a camp in Zaire; the death rate in the part of the camp under his management was one-third that of the rest of the camp.
Back in the United States, Dr. Harbut has participated in substantial asbestos-related research. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and was invited to speak at the White House on the topic of asbestosis, an asbestos-related lung disease. He has also written recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases for the American Thoracic Society. And of course, Dr. Harbut also treats patients: In addition to his work at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, he is also chief of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine section in the Department of Internal Medicine at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. He is also a clinical professor of internal medicine at Wayne State University; in 2001, he was named “Teacher of the Year” by medical residents and fellows in his department.
Dr. Harbut is board certified in Occupational Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
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