Prior to his role as Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Burgess served within the College as Director of the Division of Community, Environment and Policy. His occupational research projects have been focused on reducing toxic exposures and preventing injuries and illnesses among miners, firefighters, and other first responders. His environmental focus has been on improvement of emergency preparedness, evaluation of population-level exposures to arsenic in drinking water and diet, and working with tribal partners to address adverse exposures.
Dr. Burgess participates in several university-wide health collaborations, including the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth, and Bio5. He has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. He serves on national committees dedicated to fostering research to improve the health and safety of public safety personnel and miners.
AB, Biology, Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), 1983
MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1988
MS, Toxicology with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene, University of Arizona, 1993
MPH, University of Washington Department of Environmental Health, 1996