2018 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program

Wayne Cascio, M.D.

National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Cascio is director of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) ofthe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NHEERL is the world’s premier research organization conducting the systems-based, effects research needed to make sustainable health and wellbeing achievable.

Dr. Cascio’s professional goals are to contribute to the improvement of public health, wellbeing and quality of life in the U.S. by increasing environmental health communication and literacy, particularly among individuals at risk from exposure to environmental pollutants. His areas of experience and expertise include health care, environmental health, clinical cardiovascular medicine, cardiac pathophysiology and the toxicology of aerosols. He has served on various scientific review panels both within and outside the U.S., and consulted for several federal agencies and industries in the field of environmental health, clinical studies and cardiovascular medicine. His current research interests include the study of the health effects of air pollution on the cardiovascular system utilizing population-based approaches, clinical research trials, in vivo and in vitro models, and modeling for the purpose of increasing understanding of modes-of-action of environmental toxicants and non-environmental factors that contribute to increased susceptibility to the adverse health effects of pollutants.

He received a bachelor of arts in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and cardiac electrophysiology. He also completed postdoctoral research training in cardiac electrophysiology at the Universitat Bern.