01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

Since entering the medical profession in the 1980s, Dr. Cullen’s research has focused on social and environmental factors that affect health, as well as on-the-job causes of chronic disease and disability. One significant occupational health risk is asbestos exposure – a job hazard that has caused many thousands of workers, from construction workers to shipbuilders to plumbers, to be diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

In addition to asbestos, Dr. Cullen has studied the biological effects of lead, beryllium and solvents, and has led a large project investigating possible occupational causes of asthma.

Before arriving at Stanford in May 2009, Dr. Cullen worked at Yale University, where he was most recently a professor of medicine and public health. From 1980 to 2009 he served as director of the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, a program that seeks to prevent occupational and environmental illness and injury through education, research and consultation with businesses.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Specialty: Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine

Other Interests & Specialties: Internal medicine, social and environmental determinants of health, the role of workplace physical environment and work organization as causes of chronic disease and disability.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Internal Medicine Certification, American Board of Preventive Medicine Certification in Occupational Medicine, Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine Award from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Fifth Place Winner of the Westinghouse National Science Talent Search, member of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering, National Academy Of Medicine and IOM, member of the MacArthur Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health

Education & Experience:

  • Residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Medical Degree from Yale University School of Medicine
03. Publications


Blue-collar work and women’s health: A systematic review of the evidence from 1990 to 2015SSM – Population Health. December 2018;6:195-244. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.08.002

Predictors of Lung Cancer among Asbestos-exposed Men in the β-Carotene and Retinol Efficacy TrialAmerican Journal of Epidemiology. February 2005;161(3):260-70. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwi034

Dietary vitamin A and prevalence of bronchial metaplasia in asbestos-exposed workersAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition. September 1998;68(3):630-5. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/68.3.630

Aging, transition, and estimating the global burden of diseasePLoS One. May 2011;6(5):e20264. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020264

Reproductive outcomes among male and female workers at an aluminum smelterJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. February 2010;52(2):137-143. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181cb59bc

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