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Jennifer Forbes                                                                                                         
Communications & Public Affairs
732-235-6356, jenn.forbes@umdnj.edu


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and 9/11


The 10th anniversary on the attack of the World Trade Center in New York has brought a renewed focus in the media on the health and well-being of the first responders who worked at Ground Zero. Faculty members at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have never lost focus. 

Our physicians at the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program see patients daily with 9/11 health-related ailments. The program in New Jersey is led by Dr. Iris Udasin, professor of environmental and occupational medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Our scientists are studying the toxic elements, a mixture of glass, fuel, fibers and metal that were in the piles of rubble resulting from the collapse of the towers.  Led by Dr. Paul Lioy, professor and vice chair of environmental and occupational medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, our experts in exposure science and assessment are working to discover what the long-term effects may be on first responders and members of the community.

Dr. Lioy and Dr. Udasin are both members of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, a joint institute operated by Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


We are very proud of our faculty members contributions to the health and science initiatives that resulted from the tragedy.  We are honored to have the trust and responsibility of treating those who selflessly responded at Ground Zero.


World Trade Center Memorial Night Sept. 13, sponsored by the American Medical Student Association at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School MORE amsa


Learn more about the work of our faculty members, who have been included in many recent media publications and broadcasts, and explore their work during the last ten years:


EOHSI Research on the World Trade Center Aftermath:

More about Dr. Lioy and his book Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath

More about Dr. Udasin


Broadcast and Videos:

Dr. Lioy appears on Sanjay Gupta's CNN special:  Terror in the Dust. 

             Aired Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11 pm and again on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 pm. 

Videos related to Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Special:  Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Terror In The Dust Debuts Wednesday, Sept. 7

             Dr. Sanjay Gupta appears on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dr. Lioy is seen in the promo for Terror in the Dust.

9/11 Dust Cloud Highly Toxic  - ABC News, Good Morning America, Sept. 8, 2011

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Visits EOHSI at UMDNJ Jan 2011



News Articles: 

Feature article on Dr. Lioy's research and Dr. Udasin in Robert Wood Johnson Medicine magazine

A physician treats those who sacrificed for others - NJ Jewish News, Sept 7, 2011

What Was in the World Trade Center Plume? [Interactive] - Scientific American, Sept. 7, 2011

9/11 responders' health problems continue as anniversary approaches - Asbury Park Press, Home News Tribune, Sept. 7, 2011

Workers from Ground Zero face multitude of illnesses - The Record/Northjersey.com, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011

For 9/11 first responders, inadequate medical assistance an insult to heroism - The Star-Ledger/nj.com, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011

Health care for 9/11 responders - An interview with Dr. Udasin - WHYY, July 28, 2010



Scientific Publications:

Persistence of multiple illnesses in World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers: a cohort study

            Related news article to above study:
                First Long-Term Study of WTC Workers Shows Widespread Health Problems 10 Years After Sept. 11