Erik Svendsen, PhD, MS
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2100
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-7314
Fax: (504) 988-1726
Erik R. Svendsen, PhD, MS joined Tulane University in the summer of 2011 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences. His primary research interests relate to environmental and occupational lung disease. Dr. Svendsen is an environmental and disaster epidemiologist working with populations which have been or are continuing to be uniquely exposed to hazards within their environment. He started his career focused on research of allergic illness, asthma, and environmental exposure to various air pollutants and bioaerosols. Although he is still engaged in those areas of research, his recent focus has been more on how the lungs recover and age following environmental injury, either from air pollution, radiation, or irritant gas exposures. His longitudinal cohort study of a population exposed to chlorine gas is supported by an R01 from the NIEHS, and a second smaller R21 is funded by the NLM to look at the efficacy of triage tools in such pulmonary disaster events. Dr. Svendsen is, also, collaborating with researchers in the Ukraine to follow a cohort of children who have been exposed to radiation through their diet since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor incident. This radiation work has described the long-term pulmonary effects of such exposures, including recent expansions into assessing the mechanisms which might describe the functional changes which he has been observing. Both the chlorine and the radiation cohorts have a key research interest in the longitudinal assessment of lung function, e.g. lung-aging. His current air pollution work is under a multi-institutional collaboration supported by a 4-year R21 from the NIEHS to the University of Maryland which is designed to study the effects of air pollution generated by an ocean port on the health of the community surrounding that port. This study is in the initial assessments stage where the health and environment of the affected communities are being assessed prior to the 2017 planned expansion of the Port of Charleston, SC which will add 8-10,000 new trucks onto the local roads and double ship traffic following port construction. This Charleston study offers the unique opportunity to compare before/after health effects of exposure to air pollution which is dominated by local diesel exhaust sources.
- Postdoc, US EPA, 2005
- PhD, University of Iowa, 2001
- M.S., New York Institute of Technology, 1996
- B.S., Liberty University, 1994
Svendsen ER, Reynolds S, Ogunsakin O, Williams E, Fraser-Rahim H, Zhang H, Wilson S.Particulate matter levels in vulnerable communities: North Charleson, SouthCarolina prior to port expansion. EnvironHealth Insights. 2014 Mar12:8:5-14.
Culley JM, Svendsen ER. A review of the literature on the validity of masscasualty triage systems with a focus on chemical exposures. American Journal of Disaster Medicine.Status: in press.
Balte PP, Clark KA, Mohr LC, Karmaus WJJ, Van Sickle D, Svendsen ER. The Immediate Pulmonary Disease Pattern FollowingExposure to High Concentrations of Chlorine Gas. Pulm Med. 2013;2013:325869.epub 2013 Dec 9.
Clark KA, Chanda D, Balte P, Karmaus WJJ, Vena J, Lawson AB, Mohr LC, Gibson JJ, Svendsen ER. Respiratory symptoms andlung function 8-10 months after community exposure to a large accidentalchlorine gas release. BMC Public Health.2013 Oct 9;13:945.
Craig JB, Culley JM, Tavakoli A, Svendsen ER. Gleaning Data From Disaster: A Hospital-Based Data Mining MethodTo Studying All-Hazard Triage After A Chemical Disaster. Am J Disaster Med. 2013 Spring;8(2):97-111.
Runkle J, Zhang H,Karmaus W, Brock-Martin A, Svendsen ER. Long-term Impact of Environmental Public Health Disaster on Health System Performance: Experiences from theGraniteville, South Carolina Chlorine Spill. South Med J. 2013, Jan;106(1):74-81.
Svendsen, ER. A new perspective on radiation risk communication in Fukushima, Japan(Commentary). J Nat Institute PublicHealth. 62(2):196-203.
Runkle J, Zhang H, Karmaus W, Brock-MartinA, Svendsen ER. An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis of Health System Response. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2012, 9(10), 3384-3397.
Svendsen ER, Runkle JR, Dhara VR, Lin S, Naboka M, Mousseau TA, Bennett C. Epidemiologic methods lessons learned from environmental public health disasters: Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, Bhopal, and Graniteville, South Carolina. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Aug;9(8):2894-909. doi: 10.3390/ijerph9082894. Epub 2012 Aug 16.
Svendsen ER, Gonzales M, Mukerjee S, Smith L, Ross M, Walsh D, Rhoney S, Andrews G, Ozkaynak H, Neas LM. GIS-modeled indicators of traffic-related air pollutants and adverse pulmonary health among children in El Paso, Texas. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct 1;176 Suppl 7:S131-41.
Runkle J*, Zhang H, Karmaus W, Brock-Martin A, Svendsen E. An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis of Health System Response. IJERPH.
Erik R. Svendsen, Jennifer Runkle*, V. Ramana Dhara, Shao Lin, Marina Naboka, Timothy Mousseau, Charles Bennett. Epidemiologic methods lessons learned from environmental public health disasters: Chernobyl, the World Trade Center, Bhopal, and Graniteville, South Carolina. IJERPH.
Runkle J*, Zhang H, Karmaus W, Brock-Martin A, Svendsen E.† Secondary Surge Capacity: A Framework for Understanding Long-term Access to Primary Care Among Medically Vulnerable Populations. AJPH.
Runkle J*, Zhang H, Karmaus W, Brock-Martin A, Svendsen E.† Long-term Impact of Environmental Public Health Disaster on Health System Performance: Experiences from the Graniteville, South Carolina Chlorine Spill. Southern Medical Journal.
Erik Svendsen, Melissa Gonzales, Shaibal Mukerjee, Luther Smith, Mary Ross, Debra Walsh, Scott Rhoney, Gina Andrews, Halûk Őzkaynak, Lucas Neas. GIS-modeled indicators of traffic-related air pollutants and adverse health effects among children in El Paso, Texas, USA. AJE.
Ginsberg JP, Holbrook JR, Chanda D, Bao H, Svendsen ER†. Posttraumatic stress and tendency to panic in the aftermath of the chlorine gas disaster in Graniteville, South Carolina. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012; 47(9): 1441-8.
Svendsen ER, Runkle JR, Dhara VR, Lin S, Naboka M, Mousseau TA, Bennett C. Epidemiologic methods lessons learned from environmental public health disasters: chernobyl, the world trade center, bhopal, and graniteville, South Carolina. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 Aug;9(8):2894-909. doi: 10.3390/ijerph9082894. Epub 2012 Aug 16.
Runkle JD, Brock-Martin A, Karmaus W, Svendsen ER. Secondary Surge Capacity: A Framework for Understanding Long-Term Access to Primary Care For Medically Vulnerable Populations in Disaster Recovery. Am J Public Health. 2012 Oct 18.
Wilson SM, Fraser-Rahim H, Williams E, Zhang H, Rice L, Svendsen E, Abara W. Assessment of the Distribution of Toxic Release Inventory Facilities in Metropolitan Charleston: An Environmental Justice Case Study. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug 16.
Erik R. Svendsen, Igor E. Kolpakov, Yevgenia I. Stepanova, Vitaliy Y. Vdovenko, Maryna V. Naboka, Timothy A. Mousseau, Lawrence C. Mohr, David G. Hoel, Wilfried J. J. Karmaus. 137Cesium exposure and spirometry measures in Ukrainian children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear incident. Environ. Health Perspect. 118:720–725 (2010).
Svendsen ER†, Whittle N, Wright L, McKeown RE, Sprayberry K, Heim M, Caldwell R, Gibson JJ, Vena J. GRACE: Public Health Recovery Methods following an Environmental Disaster. Archives Occ. & Environ. Health. 2010. Apr-Jun;65(2):77-85.
Davis J*, Wilson S, Brock-Martin A, Glover S, Svendsen E†. The Impact of Disasters on Populations with Health and Healthcare Disparities. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2010;4:1-9.
James B Burch, PhD; Erik Svendsen , PhD; Paul D Siegel, PhD; Sara E Wagner , MSPH; von Essen Susanna, MD; Thomas Keefe, PhD; John Mehaffy, MS; Angelica Serrano Martinez, MD; Mary Bradford, AA; Laura Baker, BS; Brian Cranmer, MS; Rena Saito, PhD; John Tessari, PhD; L Prinz, RN; Colleen Andersen, MD; Opal Christensen, RN; Niels Koehncke, MD; Stephen J Reynolds, PhD. Endotoxin Exposure and Inflammation Markers among Agricultural Workers in Colorado and Nebraska. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2010;73(1):5-22.
Svendsen ER, Gonzales M, Ross M, Neas LM. Variability in childhood allergy and asthma across ethnicity, language, and residency duration in El Paso, Texas. Environ. Health. 2009 8:55
Van Sickle D, Wenck MA, Belflower A, Drociuk D, Svendsen E, Ferdinands J, Holguin F, Moolenaar R. Acute Health Effects of Chlorine Gas Exposure in the Community. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2009, 27, 1-7.
Williams R, Case M, Yeatts K, Chen FL, Scott J, Svendsen E†, Devlin R. Personal coarse particulate matter exposures in an adult cohort. Atmospheric Environment. 2008. 42:6743-6748.
Case MW, Williams R, Yeatts K, Chen FL, Scott J, Svendsen E†, Devlin RB. Evaluation of a direct personal coarse particulate matter monitor. Atmospheric Environment. 42 (2008): 4446-4452.
Stepanova E, Karmaus W, Naboka M, Vdovenko V, Mousseau T, Shestopalov VM, Vena J, Svendsen E, Underhill D, Pastides H. Exposure from the Chernobyl accident had adverse effects on erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets in children in the Narodichesky region, Ukraine: A 6-year follow-up study. Environmental Health 2008, 7:21.
Svendsen ER†, Yeatts KB, Peden D, Orton S, Alexis NE, Creason J, Williams R, Neas L. Circulating neutrophil CD14 expression counteracts the inverse association of ambient PM2.5 and PM10-2.5 on lung function in asthmatic children. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007, 99:244-253
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