Arthur Frank Contributes to Important Milestone for Public Health in Israel
Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor, Chair: Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel School of Public Health advised the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labor for the Government of Israel on the establishment of a research institute in the areas of occupations safety and health. Additionally, his extensive work on the public health hazards surrounding the use and cleanup of asbestos have contributed to a recent government ruling regarding the use and cleanup of asbestos in the country and specifically Western Galilee. This victory for public health is the culmination of years of efforts by local NGOs, government officials, and scholars such as Dr. Frank. In addition to advising the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, The Ministry for Protection of the Environment, and the Israeli Knesset, Dr. Frank's work on the issue over the past several years has included lectures, study tours, working with the media and issuing public reports. Dr. Frank's work was featured in the June 5 edition of the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, in a key article about the high rates of mesothelioma in certain areas of the country.
While Dr. Frank's most recent international accomplishments have been in Israel, his international work extends to other areas as well. He traveled extensively through SE Asia and India; including conducting research and giving presentations in Bangkok, India and Sri Lanka.
Arthur L. Frank received his M.D. degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the City University of New York. He was trained in both internal medicine and occupational medicine and holds board certification in both fields. As a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, he conducted research at the National Cancer Institute. His major research activities have included the study of occupational lung diseases such as asbestosis and silicosis, occupational cancers, especially those related to asbestos exposure, and has worked in the area of agricultural safety and health.
The mission of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel is to teach, carry out research, and interact with a variety of constituents in sharing and creating knowledge that, through an understanding of environmental and occupational health, positively affects the health of the public. Environmental issues include teaching and studying in areas such as air, food, water and environmental contaminants. Occupational issues are related to injuries, occupational cancers, occupational lung disease and worker health.