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  • Dr. Catherine Baase Receives Highest Honor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    Renowned workplace health and safety advocate recognized for lifetime achievements

    Catherine M. Baase, MD, renowned expert in global employee health and productivity, received the Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr. Baase, recently retired as Chief Health Officer and Global Director of Health Services for The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., was honored April 23, 2017, at the Opening Session of the College’s annual American Occupational Health Conference in Denver, Colo.

    The award, the highest honor in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM), is presented annually by ACOEM to an individual whose distinguished career in one or more disciplines of occupational medicine, environmental medicine, and/or environmental health has contributed to the health and welfare of the world’s workers. ACOEM is an international medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education.

    In presenting the award to Dr. Baase, ACOEM President James Tacci, MD, cited her for her leadership and outstanding contributions to the specialty of OEM. She was recognized for her vision as a proponent of workplace health and wellness and for her longstanding contributions to the field of health and productivity on a global scale.

    Dr. Baase received her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family medicine. She also holds a BS in Chemistry and a secondary education teaching certificate from Saginaw Valley State University.

    After receiving her BS, Dr. Baase joined Dow Chemical as a chemist before continuing her medical education. Upon completing her residencies and post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Baase joined Dow as Occupational Health Physician and Manager for Health Promotion. In 1996, she was promoted to Global Medical Director for the Company.

    In 2012, Dr. Baase’s work at Dow was recognized by ACOEM and the National Business Group on Health when she received the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award for advancing health and wellness initiatives at Dow. This award honors the achievements of individuals who demonstrate excellence and leadership in implementing programs that improve the health and productivity of the global workforce. Dr. Baase retired from Dow Chemical in 2016 after 32 years of exemplary service as an advocate for employees.

    A member of ACOEM since 1990, Dr. Baase was elevated to ACOEM Fellowship in 2004. A long-time member of the ACOEM Health and Productivity Section, she was awarded ACOEM’s 2003 Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award for her contributions as a member of the Health and Productivity Steering Committee. Dr. Baase also served the College as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    Dr. Baase has also contributed greatly to the scientific literature documenting the positive impact of quality workplace wellness programs. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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    About ACOEM — The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine ( represents more than 4,500 physicians and other health care professionals who specialize in occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education. ACOEM is headquarter at 25 Northwest Point Boulevard, Suite 700, Elk Grove, Illinois; telephone 847/818-1800; web site: