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Kurt T. Hegmann, M.D., M.P.H.

Languages spoken: English, German

Academic Information

Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Professor, Community Physician Group - Affiliated Physician, Internal Medicine - Adjunct Professor

Divisions: Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Health, Physicians

Academic Office Information

Kurt.Hegmann@hsc.utah.edu

(801) 581-4800


Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
250 East 200 South, Room:
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Board Certification

  • American Board of Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine)
  • National Board of Medical Examiners

Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders Epidemiology
  • Transportation Safety
  • Evidence-Based Guidelines

Kurt Hegmann, MD, MPH, is a board-certified physician specializing in preventive, occupational and environmental medicine. He directs the University's Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, one of 18 centers in the US. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed 2 residency programs, one in internal medicine and the second in occupational medicine. Dr. Hegmann specializes in the care of injured workers. He is particularly known for expertise in musculoskeletal disorders and the evaluation of commercial drivers (“DOT” exams). He also serves as an occupational medicine consultant. Dr. Hegmann’s professional interests include over 15 major research studies related to occupational health, particularly in the areas of musculoskeletal disorders and the health and crash prevention of truck drivers. Additionally, he has served as Chair of multiple national medical and occupational health organizations and boards. In his leisure time, Dr. Hegmann enjoys skiing, hiking and gardening.

Research Statement

I have a career-long interest in musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that provided the intellectual foundation/gaps for the two multi-state prospective cohort studies we incepted in the early 2000s and then followed on a monthly basis for almost a decade. This rich dataset (>100M datapoints, >1,000 workers and 47 employers) continues to provide a wealth of unique scientific contributions. These publications are clarifying the answer that, indeed, there are job physical factors that are risk factors. Yet, that force appears to be the most important risk factor, which has potentially massive impacts regarding job design, instead of the common thoughts that posture and repetition are the issues. Our recent analyses suggest cardiovascular disease risks factor prominently in shoulder tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis and CTS and the magnitudes of those estimates outstrip those of work factors and this work continues. My second area of research is Transportation, and particularly emphasizes the trucking industry with its approximately 6M US commercial drivers. Recently, we proved a longstanding hypothesis that multiple medical conditions increase risk of crash.

Education History

Fellowship Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical Education
Fellow
Graduate Training University of Utah
Public Health
MPH
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Occupational Medicine
Resident
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Intern
Residency University of Utah School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Resident
Professional Medical Medical College of Wisconsin
Medicine
MD
Undergraduate University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Medical Science
BS