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University Health Services Come to SLAC

(Photo - Patrick O'Callahan)(Photo - Richard Wittman)
Physicians Patrick O'Callahan and Richard Wittman. (Photos courtesy Ling Sue Teng.)

Tomorrow, SLAC welcomes physician Patrick O'Callahan, medical director of Stanford University's Occupational Health Center, as the new occupational medical director for the SLAC Medical Clinic. Under SUOHC management, the SLAC clinic will remain in its current location in Building 41, Room 135, with extended hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, effective October 1. All services currently offered by Occupational Medicine clinic will remain the same.

O'Callahan and his SUOHC colleague, occupational physician Richard Wittman, will trade off time at the clinic, coming to SLAC from campus several days a week.

"We are looking forward to ensuring a smooth transition and excellent support for SLAC employees," O'Callahan said. "Both Rich and I plan to spend a lot of time at SLAC in the coming months so that we can get to know the employees and community, and better understand SLAC's needs."

"I and the rest of our staff are thrilled to have a front row seat to view the incredible research that is being performed at SLAC, and we are happy to be able to work with SLAC's Environment, Safety and Health Divison to provide a service that helps employees to continue to work in a safe and healthy way," O’Callahan said.

Contract employees who are now on the clinic staff have been invited to stay on through the transition, after which SUOHC will evaluate the clinic needs and staffing to create the right set of permanent clinic staff positions, according to Ling Sue Teng, Stanford assistant director of Environment, Health and Safety and manager of Occupational Health and Safety .

SUOHC was developed to address the unique occupational health challenges found in the research and academic setting. Under the direction of O'Callahan, SUOHC medical director and clinical assistant professor in the General Internal Medicine department at the university, and under Teng's management, the SUOHC has provided consistent high quality occupational medical services to university employees.

O'Callahan received his medical degree at Columbia University and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Prior to his position at Stanford, he practiced occupational medicine, emergency medicine and family medicine, and served as a staff physician and medical director at several hospitals and other organizations. He brings more than 15 years of knowledge and expertise to the SUOHC.

Wittman received his medical degree at Tufts University and a master's degree in public health from Harvard University. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine. Wittman has worked as both clinic physician and medical director, and is presently also a clinical instructor in the Surgery and Emergency Medicine Department in Stanford’s School of Medicine.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the clinic Web site or call x2281.

—Ling Sue Teng and Shawne Workman
SLAC Today, September 30, 2010