Mark R. Cullen

Mark R. Cullen, MD

Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Data Science and Health Research & Policy
Director of the Center for Population Health Sciences

Stanford School of Medicine

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Dr. Cullen is the Director of the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences, whose mission is to improve individual and population health by bringing together diverse disciplines and data to understand and address social, environmental, behavioral, and biological factors as they relate to health and disease.  He is a Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Data Science, and Health Research and Policy with Stanford.

Dr. Cullen’s major research ambition is sorting out the relative contributions of and interactions among the social, environmental, behavioral and bio-medical determinants of morbidity and mortality in adults, with special emphasis on the contributions of workplace social and physical environment.

Prior to his recruitment to Stanford as Chief of the Division of General Medical Disciplines in May of 2009, he was a Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) at Yale University School of Medicine.  He received his BA from Harvard College in 1971 and his MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 1976.

Early in his career, Dr. Cullen focused on introducing concepts of clinical epidemiology into occupational and environmental medicine as a counterpart to the prevailing approaches of population epidemiology and animal toxicology.  His efforts were able to propel a unique academic/private partnership with Alcoa Inc., the world’s largest aluminum company.  In his role as Alcoa’s senior medical officer, he has extended his research into the psychosocial causes of disease in the workforce.  In 2006, Dr. Cullen was awarded an NIA grant to develop a model of population determinants of chronic disease, disability and death, followed by additional funding in 2009 to study how employees and their families use various social and health benefit options; these studies continue to form the centerpiece of his personal research.

Dr. Cullen has published extensively in numerous medical/scientific journals and co-edited the Textbook of Clinical Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 1st and 2nd editions.  He has served in numerous federal and corporate advisory positions, and been a member of the MacArthur Network on SES and Health since 1996.  He was elected a Henry J. Kaiser Family Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine in 1983, and he was elected to the National Institute of Medicine –now the National Academy of Medicine in 1997.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Stanford University