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Mark R. Cullen, M.D.

Dr. Cullen
Stanford, CA

Dr. Mark R. Cullen

Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine

Stanford School of Medicine

1265 Welch Rd
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 721-6296

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Dr. Mark R. Cullen is one of the country’s leading experts on occupational and environmental medicine, or the study and prevention of disease and injury caused by dangers in the environment or the workplace. A Yale- and Harvard-educated physician, Dr. Cullen currently leads the Division of General Internal Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

Educational Background

Dr. Cullen received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and physics from Harvard College, and received his M.D. from Yale University. He completed his residency at the Yale School of Medicine, specializing in internal medicine. He trained in clinical epidemiology before accepting a faculty position at the university.

Professional Highlights

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.

Additional Work

Dr. Cullen is a member of a number of medical organizations, including the Institute of Medicine (part of the highly respected National Academy of Sciences) and the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering. He is also a faculty scholar in general internal medicine at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. His prior board certifications include the American Board of Preventative Medicine (Occupational Medicine, 1986) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine, 1979). He has served in numerous government and corporate advisory roles and has been a member of the MacArthur Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health since 1996.

Relevant Publications

Dr. Cullen has co-edited the Textbook of Clinical Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 1st and 2nd editions, and has penned numerous articles for medical journals. His publications include:

Brodkin CA, Balmes JR, Redlich CA, Cullen MR. Residential proximity to naturally occurring asbestos: health risk or ecologic fallacy?
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006 1;173(5):573; author reply 573-4.

Aging, transition, and estimating the global burden of disease.
Seligman BJ, Cullen MR, Horwitz RI. PLoS One. 2011; 6 (5): e20264

Reproductive outcomes among male and female workers at an aluminum smelter.
Sakr CJ, Taiwo OA, Galusha DH, Slade MD, Fiellin MG, Bayer F, Savitz DA, Cullen MR. J Occup Environ Med. 2010; 52 (2): 137-43

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois


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