Schenker named ‘Leader in Field’ of Agromedicine

Marc Schenker in the field
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Marc Schenker out in the field, where he investigates causes of illness and injury among agricultural workers.

The Journal of Agromedicine has named Dr. Marc Schenker its “Leader in the Field” for 2019.

Schenker, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Public Health Sciences, has more than 35 years of experience in medicine and public health research, teaching and public service. A physician, he investigates causes of illness and injury among agricultural workers, such as dusts, pesticides and heat.

“Prior to coming to UC Davis, I had no real interest or experience with occupational health of agricultural workers, but when I arrived it was clear that it would be a priority, since I was at the Number 1 agricultural university in the world,” Schenker said.

During his tenure at UC Davis, he has worked not only with farmworkers and their families, but also with owners and managers, with a particular focus on the occupational health outcomes of immigrant farmworkers.

“Marc has been an important force as a researcher and clinician to improving the health and safety of immigrant workers,” said Amy K. Liebman, director of environmental and occupational health at the nonprofit Migrant Clinicians Network. “His contribution to the field has made an impact.”

He is the founding director of UC Davis’ Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and Migration and Health Research Center.

Like many emeriti, he is still quite active. For example, at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, he is the principal investigator on a number of contracts. And, at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, he has an active pilot project to quantify the occupational health risks to cannabis workers in California, and he remains the PI on the California Heat Illness Prevention Study II (CHIPS II).

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