SGU Research Investigators

Omur Cinar Elci, MD, PhD

Omur Cinar Elci, MD, PhD, FRSPH

Professor and Chair

Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Tele: (473) 444-4175 ext. 3668
Fax: (473) 444-1219

St. George’s University
School of Medicine
PO Box 7
St. George’s, Grenada

West Indies

  • Areas of Interest
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  • Brief Bio
  • Selected Publications
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Study Design And Research Methodology, Occupational Epidemiology, Workplace Evaluation and Exposure Assessment, Problem-Based Medical Education and Community Education, Biostatistics

Member, Grenada Ministry of Health STEPS Planning Committee, collaborator and advisor for Pitt County Local Organizing Committee (LOC) on community-based public health and education activities.

Member, the International Epidemiological Association, American Public Health Association, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Turkish Medical Association.

Member, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, Research Priority Group, and Turkish Medical Association, Mine Safety and Health Committee.


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Dr. Elci has more than 20 years of public health, epidemiology, and occupational health field experience and over 15 years of research and teaching experience including funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC).

While residing in Izmir, Turkey, Dr. Elci received a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Ege University, School of Medicine, 1986, a Certificate of Occupational Health Practice from Turkish Medical Association, 1988 and a PhD in Public Health from Dokuz Eylul University, School of Medicine, Health Sciences Institute, Department of Public Health, 1997. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in occupational epidemiology from National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Occupational Epidemiology Branch, Rockville, MD, 2001.

Upon completion of his post doctoral fellowship in 2001, Dr. Elci took a position with the CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies as Epidemiologist, and was promoted to Branch Epidemiologist in 2003 with the Health Effect Laboratory Division, Exposure Assessment Branch, both located in Morgantown, WV.
Dr. Elci’s teaching career began in 1997 as an instructor and a trained problem based learning tutor at Dokuz Eylul University, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Izmir, Turkey. He is currently employed by St. George’s University as Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Elci has received several awards including the Bullard-Sherwood Research to Practice award, CDC, 2008 and the American Public Health Association honorable mention student award for Ms. Kristin McIntosh on her study titled: “Predisposing factors related to adolescent sexuality among students in rural and urban school-based health centers in Eastern North Carolina” under the supervision of Dr. Elci, 2007.

Dr. Elci is currently a peer reviewer for, British Medical Journal Groups, Tobacco Control, International Journal of Cancer, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, and expert consultant, Department of Labor, O*NET Data Collection Program. He also serves as associate editor, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Elci O.C., Akpinar-Elci, M. Occupational exposures and laryngeal cancer among nonsmoker, nondrinker men. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Oct 2009; 15 (4); 370-373

Akpinar-Elci M., Yucesoy B., Elci O.C. Weismann D.N. Noninvasive assessment of cytokines in occupational respiratory diseases. Recent Patents on Inflammation and Allergy Drug Discovery, 2007, 1:100-107. (Invited review)

Elci O.C., Akpinar-Elci M. The trend of small cell lung cancer among young men. Lung Cancer, 2007, 57:34-36.

Elci O.C., Yener G., Ucku R. Occupational factors, peripheral neuropathy, and depression among shoemakers in Turkey. Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2007, 11:9-14.

Tyson G.H., Rodriguez E., Elci O.C., Koutlas T.C., Chitwood W.R., Ferguson T.B., Kypson A.P. Cardiac procedures in patients with a body mass index exceeding 45: outcomes and long-term results. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2007, 84:3-9.

Elci O.C., Reinventing public health: policies and practices for a healthy nation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2006. 12:405. (Book review)

Elci, O.C. Identifying upper airways problems among agricultural growers and workers in Eastern North Carolina. ECU-RDAP, 2007.

Grey-Swaby, S., Elci, O.C. Preventing substance abuse among teenagers. Pitt Partners for Health, 2007.

Ferguson, T.B, Elci, O.C. Network Clinical Care Partnership with Duke. Duke 2007-007201, 2006

Pitzalis M., Elci, O.C. Optimization of heart failure patient management in rural North Carolina using a hub and spoke model: A novel strategy to improve quality of care and reduce costs. Brody Brothers, MT7751, 2006.

Novick, L.F., Elci, O.C. Integrating population health into the medical school curriculum. CDC/AAMC #210712-665210-1100, 2006.