About this blog

Who I am:

My name is Susan Buchanan and I am a physician at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). I am board certified in Family Medicine and Occupational/Environmental Medicine. I direct the Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health . I also work in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency  and I’m Clinical Associate Professor at the UIC School of Public Health. Some of these posts will be written by residents in the UIC program or medical students.

What this blog is:

The goal of this blog is to introduce environmental medicine topics to parents, healthcare providers, medical students, and other interested members of the public. We will cover environmental exposures at home, at school, at work, and in the outdoor environment. We’ll look at how exposures occur (who, what, where?), what the resulting health effects might be, and what you can do to prevent exposures.


The opinions displayed here do not reflect the position of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, or the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units. They are solely my opinions. This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: 1U61TS000237-02 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

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