Upstate News

September 5, 2008
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate lecture examines respiratory conditions of 9/11 rescue workers Sept. 11

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Seven years after the 9/11 attack, uncertainty and controversy remain over the health risks posed by inhaling dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, says a leading SUNY Upstate Medical University physician.

Michael Iannuzzi, M.D., MBA, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, who for the last five years led the division of pulmonary medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, will discuss these issues during a Grand Rounds presentation Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Wieskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Iannuzzi’s division at Mount Sinai evaluated and treated several hundred World Trade Center rescue workers and volunteers. Iannuzzi said the respiratory illnesses related so far to the 9/11 attack include “World Trade Center Cough,” Vocal Cord Dysfunction, esophageal reflux, asthma, progressive lung scarring and immune mediated lung diseases.

“Our understanding of the full impact awaits continued health surveillance of these rescue workers, volunteers, occupants or the towers, cleanup workers and neighborhood residents to define the longer-term risks, including the risk of cancer,” Iannuzzi said.

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