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Michael McCawley

Interim Chair, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
Department of Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health
Room 3612 HSC South




Interim Chair, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
Leadership (SPH)

Clinical Associate Professor
Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (SPH)

Program 4: Translational Tobacco Reduction Research
Associate Member
WVU Cancer Institute Research Programs (WVUCI)


PhD, New York University, 1987

Dr. McCawley graduated with a bachelor's degree in Zoology from George Washington University. He received his master's degree in Environmental Engineering from West Virginia University and a doctorate in Environmental Health from New York University.

Dr. McCawley spent over 27 years as a Public Health Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, studying miners’ health, occupational respiratory disease, aerosol measurement and ultrafine particles. While there he worked on projects concerning exposure to wood dust, volcanic ash, diesels, coal mine dust, silica and beryllium. He retired from the US Public Health Service in 2001. He has taught at WVU since 1979, with primary interests in air pollution, aerosols and occupational health. He has developed air sampling equipment and a pulmonary function test. Recently, he has been working on issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling and mountain top mining.


Ten Most Recent:

Genotoxicity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes at occupationally relevant doses.
Siegrist KJ, Reynolds SH, Kashon ML, Lowry DT, Dong C, Hubbs AF, Young SH, Salisbury JL, Porter DW, Benkovic SA, McCawley MA, Keane MJ, Mastovich JT, Bunker KL, Cena LG, Sparrow MC, Sturgeon JL, Dinu CZ, Sargent LM.
Part Fibre Toxicol. 2014;11:6


Air pollution particulate matter collected from an appalachian mountaintop mining site induces microvascular dysfunction.
Knuckles TL, Stapleton PA, Minarchick VC, Esch L, McCawley MA, Hendryx M, Nurkiewicz TR.
Microcirculation. 2013;20(2):158-169.

A rationale for sampling deposited submicrometer beryllium particulate matter.
McCawley MA.
J Occup Environ Hyg. 2009;6(12):789-793.

Two mathematical models for predicting dispersion of particles in the human lung.
Ganser GH, Christie I, McCawley MA.
J Biomech Eng. 2007;129(1):51-57.

Process-related risk of beryllium sensitization and disease in a copper-beryllium alloy facility.
Schuler CR, Kent MS, Deubner DC, Berakis MT, McCawley MA, Henneberger PK, Rossman MD, Kreiss K.
Am J Ind Med. 2005;47(3):195-205.

Lung cancer risk, silica exposure, and silicosis in Chinese mines and pottery factories: the modifying role of other workplace lung carcinogens.
Cocco P, Rice CH, Chen JQ, McCawley MA, McLaughlin JK, Dosemeci M.
Am J Ind Med. 2001;40(6):674-682.

Beryllium sensitization and disease among long-term and short-term workers in a beryllium ceramics plant.
Henneberger PK, Cumro D, Deubner DD, Kent MS, McCawley MA, Kreiss K.
Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2001;74(3):167-176.

Ultrafine beryllium number concentration as a possible metric for chronic beryllium disease risk.
McCawley MA, Kent MS, Berakis MT.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg. 2001;16(5):631-638.

Estimating historical respirable crystalline silica exposures for Chinese pottery workers and iron/copper, tin, and tungsten miners.
Zhuang Z, Hearl FJ, Odencrantz J, Chen W, Chen BT, Chen JQ, McCawley MA, Gao P, Soderholm SC.
Ann Occup Hyg. 2001;45(8):631-642.

Non-malignant respiratory diseases and lung cancer among Chinese workers exposed to silica.
Cocco P, Rice CH, Chen JQ, McCawley MA, McLaughlin JK, Dosemeci M.
J Occup Environ Med. 2000;42(6):639-644.

Research Program

Translational Tobacco and Reduction Research (T2R2)