Rafael E de la Hoz

Rafael E de la Hoz, MD

  • PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
  • PROFESSOR | Medicine, General Internal Medicine


Pulmonary Medicine, Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine

Research Topics:

Aerodigestive Tract, Epidemiology, Imaging, Obesity, Occupational Health, Respiratory

Rafael de la Hoz, MD, MPH, MSc, ATSF, FACP, FCCP, is a board certified pulmonologist, occupational medicine specialist, and internist. He has had a career of research and clinical interest in occupational respiratory toxicology and occupational obstructive lung diseases. Since joining Mount Sinai in late 2002, he has followed and characterized the heterogeneous group of chronic lower airway and other diseases temporally associated with occupational toxicant exposures at the WTC disaster site. From his initial clinical descriptions, he moved to the investigation, as the principal investigator of two federally funded research projects, using qualitative and quantitative chest CT scan measurements to improve the characterization of those lower airway diseases, investigate the impact of obesity on the WTC occupational cohort followed at Mount Sinai, and the transitions to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dr. de la Hoz consults as an impartial pulmonary and occupational medicine specialist to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board, and, since August 2016, as an spirometry quality analyst to the Mount Sinai WTC Health Program Clinical Center.  He is a Medical Review Officer (MRO) and is certified with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) for the Department of Transportation..  He is a Fellow of the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Chest Physicians, and has active roles in different committees of the European Respiratory Society, the American Thoracic Society, and the International Commission for Occupational Health.

Clinical Focus

  • Occupational Pulmonary Diseases
  • Occupational Respiratory Medicine
  • Occupational Toxicology
  • Pulmonary Function Tests
  • Smoking Cessation


MD, Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia.

MPH, Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health

MSc, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Internship, Internal Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Residency, Internal Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Fellowship, Pulmonary Disease, University of British Columbia

Fellowship, Occupational Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

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