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Debra Cherry, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS)
Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency

Education & Training

MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX, 1995
Internship in Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, 1995-1996
Residency and Chief Residency in Occupational Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences Center Tyler, Tyler, TX, 1998-2000
MS in Environmental Sciences, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX, 1999

Professional Interests

Health promotion and occupational risk factors in commercial fishermen
Addressing occupational exposure to vapors from hazardous waste facilities
Community-based environmental and policy changes to promote health


Alpha Omega Alpha, 1994
3rd Place Linkages Award, National Council on Linkages (for collaborative projects between universities and public health agencies), 2002
Star Performer Award, Texas Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 2008
Teacher of the Year, Texas Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Medicine Residency, 2010-2011

Selected Publications

Head P, Jackson BE, Bae S, Cherry D. “Hospital Discharge Rates Before and After Implementation of a City-wide Smoking Ban in a Texas City, 2004-2008,” Preventing Chronic Disease, 9:E179. doi: 10.5888/pcd9.120079, Dec 27, 2012.
Belanger K, Buka S, Cherry DC, Dudley DJ, Elliott MR, Hale DE, Hertz-Picciotto I, Illuzzi JL, Paneth N, Robbins JM, Triche EW, Bracken MB. “Implementing Provider-based Sampling for the National Children's Study: Opportunities and Challenges,” Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 27(1):20-26, January 2013. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12005. Epub 2012 Sep 27.
Cherry D, Vasselli J, Huff S, Saito R. “Sentinel Indicators of Unhealthy Homes,” Texas Public Health Journal, Vol 66 (2): 19-24, Spring 2014.
Kampschmidt J, Brooks E, Cherry D, Guajardo J, Wood P. “Feasibility of spirometry testing in preschool children,” Pediatric Pulmonology, doi: 10.1002/ppul.23303, Sep 3, 2015.