Rafael E de la Hoz

Rafael E de la Hoz, MD

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


Pulmonary Medicine, Occupational Medicine

Research Topics:

Epidemiology, Occupational Health, Respiratory

Rafael de la Hoz, MD, MPH, MSc, is a board-certified occupational pulmonologist and internist, Professor of General Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and practices at the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. de la Hoz has had a longstanding career interest in research in clinical occupational respiratory toxicology and occupational obstructive lung diseases. He has been particularly interested in obstructive airway diseases that escape classification into the accepted nosological entities. Since 2002, Dr. de la Hoz has followed and characterized the types of bronchial disease 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 federally funded research grant, of the correlation of symptoms, pulmonary functional, and qualitative and quantitative chest CT scan findings in the WTC occupational cohort followed at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Previous Experience

Before coming to Mount Sinai in 2002, Dr. de la Hoz served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, and an Instructor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. de la Hoz received his medical degree at the Universidad del Rosario, in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his Master’s in Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health, and his Master of Science at the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Occupational Medicine

Pulmonary Disease

American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Focus

  • Asbestosis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Clinical Preventive Medicine
  • Experienced in Workers’ Compensation Reporting
  • Medical Screenings for Work-related Hazard Exposures
  • Monitoring and Treatment of World Trade Center-Related Adverse Health Effects
  • Occupational Asthma
  • Occupational Medicine-Related Management and Administration
  • Occupational Pulmonary Diseases
  • Occupational Respiratory Medicine
  • Occupational Rhinosinusitis
  • Occupational Toxicology
  • Pulmonary Function Tests
  • Smoking Cessation
  • WTC-Related Adverse Health Effects
  • Work Fitness and Disability Integration
  • Work-Related Injury and Illness Treatment and Management

Multi-Disciplinary Training Area

Public Health [PH]


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 Medicine, University of British Columbia

Fellowship, Occupational Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

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