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Director, Post-9/11 Era Environmental Health Program

Michael Montopoli, MD, MPH

Dr. Montopoli, a Chicago native, is board-certified in Occupational Medicine. He transferred to VA on May 15, 2016 from the Department of Homeland Security, where he served as a medical officer in the Office of Health Affairs in Washington, DC. Dr. Montopoli is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed residency training at the University of Illinois in Chicago, receiving a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health with a concentration in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and serves as the President-elect of the Metropolitan Washington College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (MWCOEM). Dr. Montopoli began his career in the federal government in 1989 as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service, assigned as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer to the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Subsequent assignments, all in the DC area, included the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 1998, Dr. Montopoli joined the US Navy Reserve, retiring at the rank of Captain in April 2016. He was twice recalled to active duty: Sigonella (Sicily) Italy, 1999 – 2003; and Norfolk, Virginia in 2009 - 2013. Military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.