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LVHN names new director of HealthWorks program

Kevin A. Vrablik, MD, MPH, FACOEM, has assumed the role of Executive Director at HealthWorks, the occupational medicine program of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), after the retirement of longtime Executive Director Carmine J. Pellosie, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM.

Dr. Vrablik is also Chief, Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Medical Director of Employee Health Services at LVHN.

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“Dr. Pellosie laid the groundwork for consistent, high-quality service over a 20-plus year period that has been absolutely critical for employers,” said Dr. Vrablik.

“The realm of workplace injury, illness and substance use demands this kind of service every day, so employers can safely manage their business and their employees’ health.

“Add something like the pandemic, and you enter a whole different dimension of occupational health needs. Fortunately, we are expertly prepared for all of it.”

Vrablik oversees daily clinical operations, administrative duties, quality improvement, research and the educational mission of LVHN’s division of occupational medicine.

He partners with administrative colleagues in the marketing, planning and delivery of occupational medicine services to corporate and municipal clients and their employees in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

He also provides clinical oversight and leadership for occupational medicine physicians and advanced practice clinicians in the LVHN network; participates on committees, teams and councils that support health, safety and wellness, and monitors business regulations.

Vrablik received a medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, and a master’s in public health from East Stroudsburg University, Department of Health Studies, East Stroudsburg.

Post-doctoral training included the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia; Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, and in the General Surgery Residency Program, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Board certifications include The American Board of Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine) and past diplomat of The American Board of Family Medicine.

Vrablik holds additional certifications with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (Aviation Medical Examiner); the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (Certified Commercial Driver Medical Examiner), and the Medical Review Officer Certification Council.

Recognized for his work in occupational safety and health, Vrablik has also authored several publications in his field.

He has taught occupational medicine residency and family practice programs in many institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia; Lehigh Valley Health Network; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center McKeesport, McKeesport, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret, Pittsburgh.

He also teaches SELECT medical students through the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, at LVHN.