Thomas Hales, MD, MPH

Dr. Hales is a senior medical epidemiologist with the CDC – NIOSH. He received his BA from Stanford University, his MD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his MPH from University of California – Berkeley in epidemiology. He is board certified in internal medicine and occupational/environmental medicine. As a member of CDC’s emergency response team, he responded to the anthrax attacks in WDC, hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the tsunami in Southeast Asia. For the past 10 years, Dr. Hales has been the Team Leader of the NIOSH Fire Fighter Program-Cardiovascular Component. For the past eight years, he has been a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Service Occupational Safety. Dr. Hales is the currently the vice-chair of ACOEM Public Safety Medicine Section and a participant on ACOEM’s task group developing guidelines for the medical evaluation of law enforcement officers. He completed Hazardous Material Technician training in 2002 with subsequent annual refresher training.