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William N. Rom

Affiliated Scholar

Dr. William N. Rom is the director of the Division of Pulmonary and Clinical Care Medicine, the program director of the General Clinical Research Center, and the Sol and Judith Bergstein Professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. Focusing on environmental health issues, Dr. Rom has also been involved in the studies arising out of the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse and the ensuing dust exposure (NEJM 2002: 347: 806-15 and Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002; 166: 797-800), and edited three editions of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (136 chapters) and co-edited two editions of Tuberculosis.

Dr. Rom has completed a nine-month sabbatical as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Senate for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). He was assigned to work with two committees: Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Environment and Public Works. His assignments have covered air pollution, WTC dust issues, Global AIDS, Medicare, Energy, antibiotics in poultry, health quality, environmental health tracking, Global Warming, wilderness in Puerto Rico, Northern Forests, mercury, depleted uranium, dietary supplements, chlorofluorocarbons and the ozone hole, mad cow disease, and NIH.

Major Works:


  • Environmental And Occupational Medicine. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.


  • Greenberg, Alissa K.; Rimal, Binaya; Rom, William N. "Basic pathogenetic mechanisms in silicosis: current understanding. Obstructive, occupational, and environmental diseases." Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine. Vol. 11, No. 2, pg. 169- 173. March 2005.
  • Addrizzo-Harris, Doreen J.; Graap, William; Harkin, Timothy J.; Mehta, Nehal L.; Rom, William N. "Should Renal Insufficiency Be a Relative Contraindication to Bronchoscopic Biopsy?" Journal of Bronchology. Vol. 12, No. 2, pg. 81-83. April 2005.
  • Brenner, Dean E.; Gao, Wei-Min; Greenberg, Alissa K.; Haab, Brian B.; Hanash, Samir M.; Kuick, Rork; Misek, David E.; Omenn, Gilbert S.; Orchekowski, Randal P.; Qiu, Ji; Rom, William N. "Distinctive Serum Protein Profiles Involving Abundant Proteins in Lung Cancer Patients Based upon Antibody Microarray Analysis." BioMedical Center: Cancer. Vol. 5, pg 110. August 23rd, 2005.

Appearances: The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, CBS