Dr. Gregory R. Wagner

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
Harvard University

Dr. Gregory R. Wagner is an adjunct professor of environmental health in the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, where he teaches about the science behind occupational and environmental policies and regulations, and the process of improving health protections at work.

Throughout his career, Wagner has provided organizational leadership at the intersection of scientific research and public health policy, both nationally and internationally. Until 2017, he worked at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), where he served as senior advisor to the director of NIOSH, directed the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, led the process creating a National Occupational Research Agenda, and developed and led the WorkLife Initiative. The latter was an effort to improve workforce health and well-being through innovative workplace programs, combining attention to environmental protections and personal health behaviour change.

Wagner interrupted his NIOSH work to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health from 2009 to 2012. While at the U.S. Department of Labor, he led efforts to develop and enforce regulations protecting U.S. miners and played a primary role in responding to the worst U.S. mining disaster in 40 years.

Wagner has worked closely with both the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization and has served on numerous expert committees nationally and internationally. Board-certified in both internal and preventive medicine (public health), he has practised rural primary care medicine and taught both medicine and public health. Wagner received his BA from Harvard University and his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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