Welcome to Dr. Max Amurao

EH&S is pleased to announce the appointment of Maxwell Amurao, Ph.D., M.B.A., DABR to the position of Radiation Safety Officer for Clinical Programs and Director of Clinical radiation Safety Programs. Dr. Amurao will direct and supervise clinical radiation safety programs at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, including Milstein Hospital, the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York (CHONY) and the Allen Hospital. He will also oversee quality assurance programs for the College of Dental Medicine and affiliated offsite faculty practices.
Prior to his arrival at Columbia University, Dr. Amurao was the Director of Radiation Safety for Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He served as the Radiation Safety Officer and implemented a comprehensive medical physics program for diagnostic imaging services. He was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology where he taught medical imaging physics. Previously he served as Senior Medical Physicist in the Clinical Imaging Physics Group at Duke University in Durham,
Dr. Amurao is a graduate of De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, where he earned a M.S. in Physics, and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, where he completed a Ph.D. in Medical Physics. He also holds a M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Medical Physics and Nuclear Medical Physics. Dr. Amurao is also certified by the Board of Laser Safety in Medical Lasers.


Eating/Drinking in Laboratories by Research Safety Team

Columbia University's Health & Safety Manual prohibits eating, drinking, and food storage in laboratories that use Chemical, Biological, Radiological or any other hazardous materials. This policy is based on the potential for food/drink in the laboratory to become contaminated with subsequent ingestion associated with harmful effects. In the case of certain radioactive materials, trace amounts can cause great harm; therefore all radiation regulatory agencies consider it a major violation if food/drink is found in a laboratory that uses radioactive materials. Also consider that the effects of certain chemical exposures may be cumulative; 'small' unapparent exposures over time could add up until a threshold for adverse effects is reached – every little bit (or bite) may ultimately hurt.

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