Dr. John Clarke Named Brookhaven Lab's Occupational Medicine Director, Chief Medical Officer

UPTON, NY—John D. Clarke has been named Occupational Medicine Director and Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective June 13, 2022.

The role includes oversight of the Occupational Medicine Clinic (OMC), which is the Lab’s on-site organization of dedicated health care professionals who ensure a healthy, safe, and productive workforce through an emphasis on workplace safety, wellness, and occupational medicine best practice standards.

“I’m thrilled to be supporting the health, safety, and well-being of the Brookhaven Lab community,” Dr. Clarke said. “I look forward to providing programs and services that meet the needs of the community as we continue to keep a close eye on COVID-19 and prepare for the post-pandemic future.” 

In his new role, Dr. Clarke will serve as Brookhaven’s medical subject matter expert for health and safety issues and manage the Laboratory’s employee wellness and health programs and policies. He will also serve as a clinical instructor for Stony Brook Medicine residents for field occupational medicine placement at Brookhaven Lab.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Clarke, a highly regarded health care leader, to Brookhaven Lab,” said Robert Lincoln, Associate Laboratory Director for Human Resources. “He brings extensive experience to this important role in support of employee well-being.”

Dr. Clarke has demonstrated experience in occupational and family medicine. He previously served as medical director of the Long Island Rail Road, Con Edison, Outreach, and mostly recently as director of occupational medicine at Cornell University.

Dr. Clarke earned his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1997, a master’s degree in healthcare policy from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and music from Columbia University in 1993. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

He completed a family residency at New York Medical College and an occupational & environmental medicine residency at Harvard University, serving as chief resident during his time at both institutions.

Dr. Clarke is an experienced public speaker and, for many years, has combined a longtime love of writing, producing, and performing raps with health education in a genre he calls “health hop.” While director of occupational medicine at Cornell University, Clarke rapped to promote the prevention of infection and spread of COVID-19 among young people. He won a flu prevention video contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an “H1N1 rap” in 2009.

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