World Trade Center Health Program at Queens

Currently, CBNS co-sponsors the World Trade Center Health Program Queens Clinical Center of Excellence together with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. This clinical center serves over 2,500 World Trade Center (WTC) workers, providing health monitoring and treatment for WTC-related health conditions. The center is staffed by occupational medicine physicians, nurses, social workers, and trained interviewers with nearly a decade of experience in caring for WTC workers. The program is funded for five years by the Centers for Disease Control, beginning July 1, 2011. 

Dr. Markowitz, Director of CBNS, co-directs the World Trade Center Health Program Queens Clinical Center of Excellence. He formerly directed the Queens College- sponsored the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program from 2003 to 2011. 

CBNS has played a key role in organizing two conferences on the scientific basis of knowledge about health effects of 9/11-related exposures on January 3, 2011 and on October 13, 2011. 

Soon after September 11, 2001, CBNS attended to the health needs of workers involved in WTC clean-up:

  • In early 2002, CBNS hosted a WTC mobile medical screening unit 2 blocks from Ground Zero, where we examined 415 day laborers who were cleaning the large commercial and residential buildings surrounding Ground Zero.

  • In 2003, CBNS began to monitor the health of WTC workers though a federally funded medical screening program in conjunction with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

  • In 2007, CBNS added treatment for WTC conditions to its medical monitoring services under the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program.

CBNS has had additional involvement in WTC-related health and policy issues: 

  1. Dr. Markowitz and Center administrator Lauri Boni have served on the Steering Committee of the WTC Medical Monitoring & Treatment Program (currently, The WTC Health Program) since 2003.

  2. Dr. Markowitz is a member of the Workers' Compensation Committee, September 11th Worker Protection Task Force, New York State.

  3. Dr. Markowitz is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, World Trade Center Health Registry, New York City Department of Health and Mental Health.

  4. Dr. Markowitz served on the World Trade Center Expert Technical Review Panel, Environmental Protection Agency (2004-2005).

Dr. Markowitz is Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine which will have a special issue devoted to the health legacy of 9/11 in its September 2011 issue.

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Steven Markowitz, M.D. is a physician specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. Dr. Markowitz is currently Director of the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems (CBNS) and Professor of Environmental Sciences at Queens College, City University of New York. He is also Adjunct Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was on the full-time faculty from 1986 to 1998. He received his undergraduate education at Yale University and his medical degree from Columbia University. Dr. Markowitz is board-certified in occupational and environmental medicine and internal medicine.

Dr. Markowitz currently directs the Worker Health Protection Program, a medical screening program for former Department of Energy workers who built the nuclear weapon arsenal of the United States. This program is co-sponsored by the United Steelworkers International Union and the Atomic Trades & Labor Council. This program conducts the largest early lung cancer detection project in occupational health in the country through the application of low-dose helical CAT scanning. To date, over 10,000 workers who were exposed to asbestos, uranium, and other lung carcinogens have been screened for lung cancer in this program.

Dr. Markowitz co-directs the North Shore-LIJ/Queens College World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence and monitors the health of over 2,000 WTC workers and provides treatment services to WTC workers with 9/11-related health conditions.

Dr. Markowitz' research interests center on occupational and environmental disease surveillance; occupational cancer; asbestos-related diseases; and the burden and costs of occupational diseases and injuries. Dr. Markowitz is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. He is Associate Editor with William Rom MD of a major textbook, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, (4nd Edition, Lippincott William and Wilkens, New York, 2007, 1884 pp.). In 2000, he co-authored a landmark book, Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (University of Michigan Press). He has additionally served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Department of Energy.