Dr. Franzblau graduated from the University of California School of Medicine in San Diego, completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, and had advanced training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1989. He also holds academic appointments at the University of Michigan Medical School and College of Engineering. He served as Associate Dean for Research of the University of Michigan School of Public Health (January, 2011 to May 2013), and then served as Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs for the University of Michigan (May 2013 to December 2015). He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive/Occupational Medicine. His professional/academic activities have included teaching, research, and the clinical practice of occupational and environmental medicine. Research interests include occupational and environmental lung disease and their radiological techniques (e.g., asbestosis, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis), evaluation of chemical exposures in the workplace and general environment (e.g., dioxins and metals), and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and osteoarthritis). From 2003-2006 he co-chaired the Health IRB at the University of Michigan, and from 2001-2009 he served as a scientific advisor to the UAW-GM National Joint Committee for Health and Safety. He was a member of the USEPA Science Advisory Board Exposure and Human Health Committee, and he has served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, government agencies and the Institute of Medicine.
- M.D., , University of California, San Diego, 1983
- M.S., Mathematics, Stanford University, 1978
- B.A., Mathematics, Northwestern University, 1975
Research Interests & Projects
Research interests include occupational and environmental lung disease and their radiological techniques (e.g., asbestosis, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis), evaluation of chemical exposures in the workplace and general environment (e.g., dioxins and metals), and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and osteoarthritis).
- Broadwater K, Meeker JD, Luksemburg W, Maier M, Garabrant D, Demond A, Franzblau. Evaluation of the release of dioxins and PCBs during kiln-firing of ball clay. Chemosphere. 2014;94:70-75.
- Larson TC, Franzblau A, Lewin M, Goodman AB, Antao VC. Impact of Body Mass Index on the Detection of Radiographic Localized Pleural Thickening. Acad Radiol. 2014;21(1):3-10.
- Evanoff B, Zeringue A, Franzblau A, Dale AM. Using Job-Title-Based Physical Exposures From ONet in an Epidemiological Study of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Human Factors. 2014;56(1):166-177.
- Paterson DG, Aylward LL, Covaci A, Franzblau A. Biomonitoring for POPS. Chapter Five in: Environmental Forensics for Persistent Organic Pollutants. Edited by: O’Sullivan G, Sandau C. Elsevier, Amsterdam. 2014. Pages: 163-197.
- Dale AM, Gardner B, Zeringue A, Werner R, Franzblau A, Evanoff B. The effectiveness of post-offer pre-placement nerve conduction screening for carpal tunnel syndrome. J Occup Environ Med. 2014;56(8):840-847.
- Dale AM, Gardner BT, Zeringue A, Strickland J, Descatha A, Franzblau A, Evanoff B. Self-reported physical work exposures and incident carpal tunnel syndrome. Am J Ind Med. 2014;57(11):1246-1254.
- Demond A, Jiang X, Broadwater K, Meeker J, Luksemburg W, Maier M, Garabrant D, Franzblau A. Serum Concentrations of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins Among Ceramicists. Chemosphere. 2015;118:350-356.
- Werner RA, Franzblau A, Evanoff B, Ulin S. Ulnar neuropathy among active workers based upon hand diagram ratings. PM&R Journal. 2015;7(6):571-575.
- Wu J, Franzblau A, Xi C. Molecular characterization of microbial communities and quantification of *Mycobacterium immunogenum* in metal removal fluids and their associated biofilms. Environ Sci Pollut Res. (in press).
- Goodrich JM, Chou HN, Gruninger SE, Franzblau A, Basu N. Exposures of American Dental Professionals to Elemental Mercury and Methylmercury. J Exposure Sci and Environ Epid. (in press).
- Parajuli RP, Goodrich JM, Chou HN, Gruninger SE, Dolinoy DC, Franzblau A, Basu N. Genetic polymorphisms are associated with hair, blood, and urine mercury levels in the American Dental Association (ADA) study participants. Environmental Research. In Press.
- Evanoff B, Gardner BT, Strickland JR, Buckner-Petty S, Franzblau A, Dale AM. Long term symptomatic, functional, and work outcomes of carpal tunnel syndrome among construction workers. Am J Ind Med. In Press.