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Jeffrey H Mandel, MD, MPH
OEM Program Director, Associate Professor
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Phone: 612-626-9308

Research Interests: Occupational cancer risk from low-dose exposures. Exposure to persistent materials and severity of chronic diseases. Exposure-disease relationships.

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Ralph Bovard, MD, MPH
HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program
St. Paul, Minnesota

Phone: 651-293-8284

I am privileged to assume the position as Residency Director for the HealthPartners Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM) program. I am committed to working with our superb cadre of physicians and residents to maintain and strengthen the reputation of the OEM department and residency program. Our goal is to become a stronger and more academically positioned program over the next 5-10 years. Our relationship with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health & the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety is a vital part of our identity. The opportunity for our residents and staff to collaborate with the academic leadership at the UM-SPH in their training and practice provides a unique podium from which to advance the mission of clinical, occupational, environmental, & preventive health service. Practicums with local corporate exemplars as well as the Minnesota Department of Public Health ensure that our residents are expertly trained.

I am a native of Mason City, Iowa and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1976 with a degree in Literature. I am a 1984 graduate of the University of Minnesota medical school. I completed my Preventive Medicine residency training and MPH degree at the University of Arizona from 1994-1996. I began working at HealthPartners (HP) in 2000 in the Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM) department; I was the interim OEM Department Chair 2004-5. I served as the lead for the HP Sports Medicine program within the Department of Orthopedics from 2005-2009. I continued to provide didactic programs for the OEM program from 2010-12 after serving as the CMO of a private medical business. I worked at the University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopedics from 2012-14. I have served on eight international trips with US Alpine Ski Team and US Figure Skating Teams. I participate in masters swimming and Nordic skiing, and live with my wife, Marnie Wells, in South Minneapolis.



Shawn M. Olson, MD, MPH
Assistant Residency Director and Clinical Preceptor
HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Shawn Olson is a graduate of HealthPartners/University of Minnesota Occupational Medicine Residency. He received his MD and MPH from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Olson specializes in the identification and management of occupationally related injuries and disease, occupational toxicology, environmental exposures, negotiation with employees and employers, disability management, as well as occupational regulations and policy.


Supporting Faculty


Fozia Abrar, MD, MPH Clinical Preceptor HealthPartners
Christina Cusic, MD, MPH Clinical Preceptor HealthPartners
David Ingbar, MD Clinical Preceptor U of M
Medical School
Kirsten Koos, MD, MPH Clinical Preceptor HealthPartners
Karyn Leniek, MD, MPH Clinical Preceptor HealthPartners
David Parker, MD, MPH Clinical Preceptor HealthPartners
David Perlman, MD Clinical Preceptor U of M
Medical School
Anne Reiner, MD, MPH Clinical Preceptor HealthPartners



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