Internal Medicine

Laurence J. Fuortes, BS, MD, MS


Associate Director, University Employee Health Clinic
Director, University Occupational Health Services Clinic
Professor of Occupational & Environmental Health, College of Public Health
Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, Internal Medicine, International Programs

Contact Information

Office: 2207 West Lawn
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-9819

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BS, Biophysics, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
MD, Medicine, University of Illinois-Rockford
MS, Preventitive Medicine and Environmental Health Care, University of Iowa

Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky
Residency, University of Iowa

Licensure and Certifications

Fellow American College of Physicians
Fellow American College of Preventive Medicine, University of Iowa
Advanced Trauma Life Support , University of Iowa
American Board of Preventive Medicine, University of Iowa
Iowa Medical License, University of Iowa
Board Certified- Internal Medicine

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics

Research Summary

My research interests and current projects include the following: Injury Epidemiology: Occupational and environmental toxicology and prevention. Occupational Epidemiology: Occupational and environmental toxicology, particularly occupational lung diseases, cancers, neurotoxicity, and asthma. Most of my recent work has revolved around medical screening of former atomic weapons workers in Iowa.. Occupational health consultant and educator to local industries and labor organizations – WORKSAFE IOWA project. Assisting Indiana State Police in evaluation of epidemiology of ICU mortality in a community hospital as part of a serial-murder investigation. Evaluation of the prevalence and causes of lead over-exposure and toxicity in the construction industry – NIOSH project Development of educational modules on pesticide toxicology in collaboration with Iowa State Extension, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Public Health. Evaluation of association between drinking water radon and radium concentrations and distribution system parameters – EPA project. Epidemiology of work-related injury among university employees, using workers compensation claims data, part of CDC Injury Prevention Research Center project. Development of occupational health surveillance systems and epidemiologic evaluation of health outcomes in Burlington, Iowa, atomic weapons manufacturers and expansion of these activities to Department of defense contract workers. Modifying existing Iowa Legislative language regarding Workers’ Compensation Eligibility such as to not preclude eligibility for workers’ developing or being diagnosed with occupational diseases with a greater than one year latency after last documented occupational exposure

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