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January 23, 1997
Yale University School of Medicine to Provide Medical and Occupational Health Services to Alcoa
PITTSBURGH--January 23, 1997--
Alcoa and Yale University School of Medicine announced today that they
have entered into an innovative arrangement whereby Yale University
School of Medicine's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program,
directed by Mark R. Cullen, M. D., will work with Alcoa's medical and
occupational health staff to provide services to the corporation that
have been traditionally delivered exclusively by internal personnel.
Dr. Cullen, professor of medicine and epidemiology, will direct the
efforts of a Yale team to, in part, provide medical input, advice and
evaluation to Alcoa on issues related to occupational and environmental
medicine. Dr. Cullen's Yale team will develop and evaluate medical
protocols and work with Alcoa staff to develop, update and interpret
company-wide health programs.
Dr. Cullen commented, "This state-of-the-art partnership between a major
medical school and industry to provide health and occupational medical
services represents an exciting advance in this field." He added, "Our
relationship is parallel to the historic change of a century ago when
medical schools and hospitals joined to provide the highest possible
standard of clinical care for the sick. In a similar way, this agreement
between Alcoa and Yale significantly enhances the ability of a major
industrial company to manage and address medical and occupational health
Richard B. Kelson, Alcoa's executive vice president - environment,
health and safety, and general counsel, said that Alcoa has entered into
this arrangement because "the Yale group brings an extraordinary breadth
of expertise to Alcoa that would otherwise be unobtainable." He
continued, "Over the last three years, Dr. Cullen has consulted with
Alcoa on a wide range of issues involving our industry and our
facilities. He assisted in the conduct and interpretation of several
complex health studies. It was our appreciation for the quality of these
important services that prompted us to explore a more comprehensive and
He added, "Our goal is to have the best occupational health and medical
program that we can. This partnership - teaming our internal health
personnel with Dr. Cullen's group - gives us a depth and breadth of
expertise that assures that we will provide our employees with excellent
occupational health services."
"The relatively new specialty of occupational and environmental medicine
focuses on the external causes of illness and injury found in the
workplace and ambient environment," explains Dr. Cullen, who founded the
Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program in 1979. "The goals
of our research and practice are to understand these external causes and
to develop strategies which will prevent the ill effects, or, when that
fails, will recognize and treat them. These efforts will benefit Alcoa
and its employees, as well as others who work in industry."
As part of the Yale School of Medicine, the Occupational and
Environmental Medicine Program has access to extensive resources,
renowned faculty and an array of scientists and specialists. The program
encompasses experts in the fields of medicine, immunology, industrial
hygiene, epidemiology, nursing and medical research.
Dr. Cullen himself has had a wide range of opportunities to evaluate
occupational exposures, to interpret data, and to analyze and manage
occupational exposure in a vast array of projects. In addition to his
teaching, research and clinical activities, Dr. Cullen serves on many
national and international advisory committees.
Alcoa is the world's largest producer of aluminum. The company has
76,000 employees at 178 operating locations in 28 countries.