Visiting Scientist and Medical Residency Advisory Committee Ombudsman Environmental & Occupational Medicine & Epidemiology Program Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Assistant & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MABoston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA Dartmouth College School of Medicine, Lebanon, NH
Dr. Gassert is board certified in both Preventive Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Internal Medicine, and was an Occupational Hygienist prior to medical training. He is a faculty member at several institutions. His main interest is education in occupational and environmental health (OEH).
Dr. Gasserts’s work experience includes worker compensation injuries and illnesses, medical surveillance programs, disability case management, work-site investigations, medical-legal case investigations, and expert witness representation in legal cases. He consulted on construction work, mining, manufacturing and service industry illnesses, injuries and hazardous exposures.
In 1980, he co-founded an NGO in Hong Kong with an Asia regional focus on transnational capital and labor condition, and authored a book on health hazards in electronics manufacturing. He has published on the long-term outcomes of occupational asthma and on toxicological aspects of the gassing incident at Bhopal, India, the world’s worst industrial disaster. In September 2005, he assisted CNN with filming on environmental health and toxicology related issues in New Orleans two weeks after Hurricane Katrina.
In Asia and Africa, Dr. Gassert has consulted and worked with labor and non-governmental organizations and has presented at OEH conferences. He has helped to train professionals in occupational and environmental medicine in the Asia region (Thailand, China, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Vietnam). His current interests also include pro bono support for miner pneumoconiosis compensation in southern Africa, advisory work for a global network of organizations devoted to worker and environmental protection and professional training, and effort to support reversal of climate change.