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Ed Bernacki, MD

Edward Joseph Bernacki, MD
Professor
Professor of Medicine
Male

Titles

  • Professor
  • Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Executive Director of Health, Safety and Environment
  • Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Institutions ?? Joint Committee for Health, Safety and Environment
  • Program Director
  • Professor of Medicine

Expertise

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Occupational Epidemiology; Workers'' Compensation; Occupational Diseases; Drug Abuse

Technology Expertise

Epidemiology, Biostatistics

Biography

Dr. Bernacki holds several titles within Johns Hopkins, specifically, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Executive Director of Health, Safety and Environment. He is also Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Institutions Joint Committee for Health, Safety and Environment.

Dr. Bernacki is responsible for the development and implementation of health, safety and environmental policies for Johns Hopkins University and Hospital as well as ensuring compliance with applicable health, safety and environmental laws. He is the Administrator of the Johns Hopkins Self-Insured Worker's Compensation Insurance Plan and directs the provision of occupational and employee health services by JHU to employers throughout the country.

Dr. Bernacki is a graduate of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, earned his Medical Degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed a residency in Preventive Medicine, simultaneously receiving his Masters Degree in Public Health from the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Bernacki is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in both Occupational Medicine and General Preventive Medicine.

Before coming to Hopkins, Dr. Bernacki held a variety of positions in industry including Corporate Medical Director of United Technologies Corporation in Hartford, CT and Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment for Tenneco, Inc. in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Bernacki is a Past President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and has published numerous peer reviewed articles in the field of occupational medicine, toxicology and worker's compensation related issues.

Languages

  • English

Memberships

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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  • Education +

    Education

    • M.D., New Jersey College, Newark, NJ
    • Masters, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

    Training

    • Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven CT) (1973)
    • Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School (Newark NJ) (1967)

    Residencies

    • Yale University School of Medicine / Preventive Medicine (New Haven CT) (1973)
    • Yale University School of Medicine / Anesthesiology (New Haven CT) (1971)

    Certifications

    • American Board of Preventive Medicine / Occupational Medicine (1975)
    • American Board of Preventive Medicine / Preventive Medicine (1974)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Research efforts revolve around predictors of costs and disability duration in workers' compensation claims.  

    Selected Publications

    Bernacki EJ, Tsai SP. Ten Years Experience Using an Integrated Workers' Compensation Management System to Control Workers' Compensation Costs. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 45:5;508-16, 2003.

    Tao G, Bernacki EJ. A Randomized Clinical Trial of Continuous Low-Level Heat Therapy for Acute Muscular Low Back Pain in the Workplace. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 47:1:12; 1298-1306, 2005.

    Bernacki EJ, Tao G, Yuspeh L. A Preliminary Investigation of the Effects of a Provider Network on Costs and Lost-time in Workers' Compensation. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 47:1; 3-10, 2005.

    Tao G, Bernacki EJ, Jankosky C, Means C. An Assessment of Universal versus Risk Based HCV Testing of Source Patients Post Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids Among Healthcare Workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 48:5; 470-477, 2005.

    Bernacki EJ, Tao G, Yuspeh L. An Investigation of the Effects of a Healthcare Provider Network on Costs and Lost-time in Workers' Compensation. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 48:9;873-882, 2006.

    Bernacki EJ, Yuspeh L, Tao G. Determinants of Esclating Costs in Low Risk Workers' Compensation Claims. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 49:7; 780-790, July 2007.

    Bernacki EJ, Tao G. The Relationship Between Attorney Involvement, Claim Duration and Workers' Compensation Costs. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 50(9):1013-1018, 2008.

    Tao G, Chenoweth D, Alfriend AS, Baron DM, Kirkland TW, Scherb J, Bernacki EJ. Monitoring Worksite Clinic Performance Utilizing a Cost Benefit Tool. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 51(10):1151-1157, 2009.

    Tao G, Giampino J, Dooley DA, Humphrey FE, Baron DM, Bernacki EJ. Descripton of an Influenza Vaccinational Campaign and Use of a Randomized Survery to Determine Participation Rates. Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 31(2), 2010.

    Bernack EJ, Tao X, Yuspeh L. The Impact of Cost Intensive Physicians on Workers Compensation. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 52:1;22-28, 2010.

    Bernacki, EJ, Yuspeh L. Lavin R, Tao XG. Increases in the Use and Cost of Opioids to Treat Acute and Chronic Pain in Injured Workers, 1999 to 2001. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(2):216-223, February 2012.

    Tao XG, Lavin RA, Yuspeh L, Bernacki, EJ. Natural History of Opioid Dosage Escalation Post-Injury: A Cohort Study of Injured Workers in the State of Louisiana, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(4):439-444 April, 2012.

    Wrighton-Smith P, Sneed L, Humphrey F, Tao X, Bernacki EJ. Screening Healthcare Workers with Interferon-Gamma Release Assay vs. Tuberculin Skin Test: Impact on Costs and Adherence to Testing (the SWITCH Study). Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(7):806-15, July 2012.

    White JA, Tao X, Talreja M, Tower J, Bernacki EJ. The Effect of Opioid Use on Worker's Compensation Claim Cost in the State of Michigan. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(8):948-53, August 2012.

    Tao, XG, Lavin RA, Yuspeh L, Bernacki EJ. Impact of the Combined Use of Opioids and Surgical Procedures on Worker's Compensation Cost Among A Cohort of Injured Workers in the State of Louisiana. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(12):1513-1519, December 2012.

    Davis SR, Tao X, Bernacki EJ, Alfriend, AS. Evaluation of a Bladder Cancer Cluster in a Population of Criminal Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Part I: The Cancer Incidence. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012:Article ID 101850, 10 pages doi:10.1155/2012/101850, December 2012.

    Lavin RA, Tao X, Yuspeh L, Bernacki EJ. Temporal Relationship between Lumbar Spine Surgeries, Return to Work and Worker's Compensation Costs in a Cohort of Injured Workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 54(5):539-543, May 2013.

    Davis SR, Tao X, Bernacki EJ, Alfriend, AS. Evaluation of a Bladder Cancer Cluster in a Population of Criminal Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Part II: The Association of Cancer risk and Fire Scene Investigation. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2013:Article ID 986023, 10 pages, http:dx.dol.org/10.1155/2013/986023, April 2013.

    Jackson JB, Tao X, Sneed L, Humphrey-Carothers F, Bernacki EJ. Cost of Annual Tuberculosis Screening of Health Care Workers with Negative Tuberculin Skin Test Results. ICHP, 34:(6) June 2013.

    Tao X, Lavin RA, Yuspeh L, Bernacki EJ.  Implications of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections after Lumbar Surgery.  Accepted for publication.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +

    Graduate Program Affiliation

    Bloomberg School of Public Health Residency in Occupational Medicine, Preceptor
  • Activities & Honors +

    Honors

    March 2011: Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit, presented by the American College of Occupational Medicine 

    May 2000: Joint Research Award, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    Professional Activities

    Member, Institute of Medicine's Committee on Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure, 2012.

    Member, State of Washington Workers' Compensation Division Low Back Quality Indicator Focus Group, 2011.

    Member, Rand Corporaton Expert Panel on Worker's Compensation Treament Guidelines, 2004-05.

    Member, National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics (NACE), 2002-04. Member, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholisum Primary Review Group, 1976-78.

    Member, Naitonal Institute of Occupational Safety & Health Safety and Occupational Health Study Section, 1981-84.

    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Member (1974- Present), Board Member (1987-2004), Secretary (1992-93), Treasurer (1996-98), Second Vice President (1999-2000), First Vice President (2001-02), President  Elect (2001-02), President (2002-03), Co-Chair, Board Committee on Government Relations (2004-10), Member, Fellowship Committee (2002-Present).

    Member, Ramazzini Society (1997- Present)

    Member, Maryland Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (1993- Present)
  • Videos & Media +
  • Events +

    Speaking Engagements

    Implications of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections after Lumbar Surgery
    American Occupational Health Conference, San Antonio, TX
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    Grand Rounds Lectures

    Impact of the Combined Use of Opioids and Surgical Procedures on Workers' Compensation Costs Among a Cohort of Injured Workers in the State of Louisiana, American Occupational Health Conference, Orlando, FL   April 28, 2013.

    Federal Interagency Occupational Medical Conference, Contribution of Occupational and Environmental Medicine to an Organization, Washington, DC April 3, 2013.

    Impact of the Combined Use of Opioids and Surgical Procedures on Workers' Compensation Among a Cohort of Injured Workers in the State of Louisiana, Poster Presentation, Society of Occupational Medicine Meeting, Gateshead, United Kingdom,  June 2012.

    Approaching the SWITCH in TB Testing: Clinical and Financial Consideration of IGRAs vs the TST, ID Week Meeting, San Diego, CA October 16-17, 2012.

    The SWITCH Study Screening Healthcare Workers with IGRA vs TST: Impact on Costs and Adherence to Testing, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology Meeting, Jacksonville, FL April 2012.

    Changes in the Tretment of Chronic Pain: Epidemiologic Study of Opioid Use: State of the Art Treatment of Non-Malignant Chronic Pain, JHH Medical Grand Rounds, February 25, 2011.

    Description of an Influenza Vaccination Campaign and Use of a Randomized Survery to Determine Participation Rates, Metro Washington ACOEM Chapter Meeting, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA March 24, 2010.
  • Contact & Locations +

    Department/Division

    • Medicine - Occupational Medicine

    For Research Inquiries Contact

    Billings Administration 129 600 N. Wolfe Street Baltimore, Maryland   21287-1629

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