Rafael E de la Hoz, MD
- PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
- PROFESSOR | Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Specialties:Pulmonary Medicine, Occupational Medicine
Research Topics:Aerodigestive Tract, Epidemiology, Imaging, Obesity, Occupational Health, Respiratory
Rafael de la Hoz, MD, MPH, MSc, 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 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 a federally funded research project, of the correlation of symptoms, functional, and qualitative and quantitative chest CT scan findings in the WTC occupational cohort followed at Mount Sinai. Dr. de la Hoz consults as an impartial pulmonary and occupational medicine specialist to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board.
American Board of Internal Medicine
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- 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 AreaPublic 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
Top Doctor New York Metro Area (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Occupational lung disease, chronic manifestations of inhalation injuries, and obstructive lung diseases, WTC-related diseases
de la Hoz RE, Liu X, Doucette JT, Reeves AP, Bienenfeld LA, Wisnivesky JP, Celedón JC, Lynch DA, San José Estépar R. Increased airway wall thickness is associated with adverse longitudinal first-second forced expiratory volume trajectories of former World Trade Center workers. Lung 2018; 196(4): 481-489.
de la Hoz RE, Jeon Y, Miller GE, Wisnivesky JP, Celedón JC. Post-traumatic stress disorder, bronchodilator response, and incident asthma in World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2016 Dec; 194(11): 1383-1391.
Cullinan P, Muñoz X, Suojalehto H, Agius R, Jindal S, Sigsgaard T, Blomberg A, Charpin D, Annesi-Maesano I, Gulati M, Kim Y, Frank AL, Akgün M, Fishwick D, de la Hoz RE, Moitra S. Occupational lung diseases: from old and novel exposures to effective preventive strategies. Lancet Respir Med 2017 Jan; 5: 445-455.
de la Hoz RE, Mallea JM, Kramer SJ, Bienenfeld LA, Wisnivesky JP, Aurora RN. Polysomnographic diagnoses among former World Trade Center rescue workers and volunteers. Arch Environ Occup Health 2012; 67: 239-242.
Wisnivesky JP, Teitelbaum SL, Todd AC, Boffetta P, Crane M, Crowley L, de la Hoz RE, Dellenbaugh C, Harrison D, Herbert R, Kim H, Jeon Y, Kaplan J, Katz C, Levin S, Luft B, Markowitz S, Moline J, Ozbay F, Pietrzak RH, Shapiro M, Sharma V, Skloot G, Southwick S, Stevenson LA, Udasin I, Wallenstein S, Landrigan PJ. Persistence of multiple illnesses in World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers: a cohort study. Lancet 2011; 378: 888-897.
de la Hoz RE, Shohet MR, Chasan R, Levin SM, Herbert R, Afilaka AA, Bienenfeld LA. Occupational toxicant inhalation injury: the World Trade Center (WTC) experience. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2008; 81(4): 479-485.
Mendelson DS, Roggeveen M, Levin SM, Herbert R, de la Hoz RE. Air trapping detected on end-expiratory high-resolution computed tomography in symptomatic World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers. J Occup Environ Med 2007 Aug; 49(8): 840-845.
de la Hoz RE, Christie J, Teamer JA, Bienenfeld LA, Afilaka AA, Crane M, Levin SM, Herbert R. Reflux symptoms and disorders and pulmonary disease in former World Trade Center (WTC) rescue and recovery workers and volunteers. J Occup Environ Med 2009; 51(12): 1351-1354.
de la Hoz RE, Shohet MR, Bienenfeld LA, Afilaka AA, Levin S, Herbert R. Vocal cord dysfunction in former World Trade Center (WTC) rescue and recovery workers and volunteers. Am J Ind Med 2008 Mar; 51(3): 161-165.