Dr. Bernyce Peplowski and Dr. Minh Nguyen of U.S. HealthWorks were both granted fellowship status recently by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
During the annual Membership Meeting Luncheon, held at the 2014 American Occupational Health Conference in San Antonio, Peplowski, Nguyen and 34 other doctors nationally received ACOEM fellowship status.WOEMA is a regional component of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), and is dedicated to high quality medical care and ethical principles governing the practice of occupational medicine. WOEMA recently recognized the accomplishments of Dr. Peplowski and Dr. Nguyen, along with four other WOEMA members who received the distinguished honor.
The status of Fellow is the highest classification of membership in ACOEM. Fellowship distinguishes and recognizes members of the College for their training, accomplishments, and experience in occupational medicine at the national, component, and local levels, as well as the member’s academicand scientific contributions.
WOEMA members are committed to assuring a safe work place, minimizing worker injury and illness, and serving as leaders, educators, collaborators and facilitators in preventing and resolving marketplace health problems. The organization focuses on both preventive medicine as well as expeditious and effective management of illness and injury.
Dr. Peplowski is Senior Vice President for National Medical Policy and Innovation at U.S. HealthWorks. She helps develop national medical initiatives to create the benchmark for how medicine is practiced in the occupational medical clinic setting.
She joined U.S. HealthWorks in September 2012 as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for California. Dr. Peplowski was previously Medical Director for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund. Her career in occupational medicine spans nearly three decades.Before joining State Fund, she was the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Zenith Insurance Company.
Dr. Peplowski worked for the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group from 1994 to 2006, including seven years as regional chief and physician director for occupational medicine and disability management.
Dr. Nguyen has been with U.S. HealthWorks for seven years and is now the occupational healthcare company’s Western Division Vice President of Medical. He oversees the Southern California and Arizona regions, which includes 51 medical centers.
Prior to joining U.S. HealthWorks in 2007, Dr. Nguyen was a Navy doctor for 8½ years and used his military experience to become a successful occupational medicine physician in the San Diego region.Nguyen’s life began as a Vietnamese refugee whose heroic family barely escaped war-torn South Vietnam in 1975. Intrigued by his compelling story, the San Diego Union-Tribune recently did a long profile piece on Dr. Nguyen’s inspirational journey.
Earlier this year at the annual Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) convention, Dr. Nguyen received the “Rookie of the Year” honor thanks to his many efforts as a leader in the prestigious professional medical organization.
Dr. Peplowski and Dr. Nguyen join U.S. HealthWorks’ Dr. David Katz, who received ACOEM fellowship status in 1988.
Dr. Katz is the Center Medial Director for the Raymond Clinic in Indianapolis and has been Board Certified in Occupational Medicine since 1996 and a Certified Medical Review Officer since 1995. He started his career in occupational medicine with DuPont in 1983.
While working in both North and South Carolina, Katz served as President of the Carolinas Occupational Medical Association. He is a past President of the Central States Occupational Medicine Association and currently is on their Board of Governors.
Katz became the Clinic Medical Director for Methodist Occupational Health Centers in Indianapolis in1996, which later became IU Health Occupational Services, and then merged with U.S. HealthWorks in July 2013.