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Lee Newman

Lee Newman MD, MA

Distinguished Professor, Director (CHWE)
  • Center for Global Health
  • Center for Health, Work & Environment
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Department of Epidemiology


Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

CU Medicine Building

13199 East Montview Boulevard

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Newman is a researcher, physician, public health practitioner, and educator. He is a distinguished university professor in the Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health and Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is founding director of both the Center for Health, Work & Environment and the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center. He co-founded Health Links™, the ColoradoSPH Certificate in Total Worker Health®, and the University of Colorado Consortium for Climate Change & Health. Dr. Newman is also professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He founded Axion Health, Inc., an occupational health informatics company. Dr. Newman is recognized for his scientific and practical contributions to occupational health and safety, Total Worker Health, immunotoxicology, biomarker development, occupational lung disease prevention and treatment, sarcoidosis, beryllium health effects, chronic kidney disease of unknown cause, health informatics, medical surveillance, and climate change and worker health. He has authored over 200 scientific papers and over 120 books, chapters, and monographs. Dr. Newman consults for government agencies, businesses, labor groups, and community organizations. His favorite life role is as mentor, second only to husband and father. He is irrationally optimistic.

Areas of Expertise

  • Total Worker Health, especially applied to small enterprises and internationally
  • Prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses
  • Workplace health promotion and health protection
  • Etiology of occupational and environmental disorders
  • Immunotoxicology, especially immune effects of metals (beryllium)
  • Granulomatous lung disorders: Chronic beryllium disease and sarcoidosis
  • Biomarker development
  • Medical surveillance in the workplace
  • Health informatics in the healthcare industry
  • Etiology and prevention of chronic kidney disease in agricultural workers

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado, 1987
  • Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, Emory University, 1983 
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1980 
  • MA, Cornell University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1977 
  • BA, Amherst College, 1975 


  • 2019 designation as a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, the highest honor for faculty at CU
  • 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Colorado, CU Anschutz 
  • 2015 Diversity Award, CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Diversity Steering Council 
  • 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Colorado, CU Anschutz 
  • 2011 Delta Omega, National Public Health Honorary Society (Alpha Upsilon Chapter President) 
  • 2004 Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini 
  • 1990 Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) 

Center for Global Health

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

CU Medicine Building

13199 East Montview Boulevard

Suite 310

Mail Stop A090

Aurora, CO 80045

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