Peter Orris MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM
Peter Orris MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM is a professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health and chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for UI Health. He arrived in Chicago in 1970 to attend the Chicago Medical School, and did residencies in internal and occupational medicine at the Stroger Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital). He remained to practice and teach general internal and occupational medicine there for over 35 years and has restricted his practice to Occupational Medicine for the past decade. In addition to UIC, he holds professorships in Preventive Medicine at Northwestern and Internal Medicine at Rush. His research and teaching have focused on international health care systems, the Cuban Health Care System, eliminating the racial and economic discrimination promoted by the US for-profit health system, unionization, occupational and community effects of toxic chemicals, and more recently sustainable health care and climate change. Dr. Orris has served as an adviser to many federal/state/local government agencies, labor unions and advocacy groups. He is one of the proud founders of the Chicago Area Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (CACOSH) and the Physicians For a National Health Program (PNHP). Internationally, he has been a consultant to WHO, ILO, UNEP, PAHO, the Canadian Government, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Greenpeace, and Health Care Without Harm, participating in the negotiation of three international environmental treaties – Stockholm Convention, the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management, and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. He is currently a co-chair of the Environmental Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and the World Medical Association’s Environmental Caucus.
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