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Maureen McCue, MD, PhD

Oxford, Iowa
Speaker Topic: Climate Change, War & Public Health
Medical Specialty: Epidemiology
PSR Affiliation: Coordinator, Iowa PSR; member, National Board
School Affiliation: Adjunct Professor of Global Health, University of Iowa

Areas of Expertise:

  • Global warming, fossil fuel energy and public health
  • Global warming clean energy solutions
  • Nuclear power, nuclear waste, radiation exposure
  • Social justice
  • Global/international health
  • Environmental justice 
Media Experience: Television, Radio, Writing, Public Speaking

Why PSR?

Only organization where colleagues share my concern about “preventing what we can’t cure” and addressing the gravest threats to human health and global survival!

Biographical Sketch

Dr. McCue has traveled and worked extensively as a peace maker, researcher, and physician, and has helped organize many forums on cross cultural, global health, and women’s health issues. She is the coordinator for the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a founding member and former Director of the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program, and also a founding member and executive committee member of the UI Center for Human Rights. She regularly interacts with international and domestic representatives of many programs, disciplines, and perspectives regarding global health issues including actively participating in several unique peace, health and human rights events in the former Soviet Union, Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, India and Bangladesh. Her most recent work has focused on Climate Change, Coal and their related threats to health. She is one of the collaborating researchers for the recently published Recalibrating the Law of Humans with the Laws of Nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice published in 2009 by the Vermont Law School, and lead author most recently on the Iowa Coal Health Mapping Study.

To request Dr. McCue as a speaker, please email psrnatl@psr.org or call 202-667-4260.

In the Spotlight

On Friday September 12, 2014, MdEHN, Chesapeake PSR, and ANHE co-hosted a symposium of experts to assess the findings of the study, Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland.  There was general consensus that science is emerging that suggests health issues associated with various aspects of gas and oil well development need to be better understood, and that as a consequence, Maryland should not proceed with hydrofracturing at this time.

Publications:

Teaching Module: Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. (2007) On line.

Reassessing War Making in Our Post 9/11 World: Perspectives from Medicine and Public Health. (2005) International Journal of Global Health and Health Disparities 3(2):5-17.

The Price of War. Iowa Alumni Magazine. Aug. 2006. Also on line.

Use Our Resources to Value All Life. Des Moines Register. Solicited Op Ed. July 29, 2006, p. 9A.

Letter to Governor Culver, Iowa Newspapers, and Members of all Iowa County Boards of Health, and other Iowa Venues.