Marc Schenker, a physician and specialist in occupational, environmental and pulmonary disease, received the alumni award of merit on Nov. 2 from the Harvard School of Public Health. The award is the highest honor the school bestows on graduates with significant careers in public health. It was awarded at the school's centennial celebration.
Schenker also was recognized in August by UC Davis as a distinguished professor for his research accomplishments, teaching excellence and service to the university.
Schenker, who joined the UC Davis faculty in 1983, has over 30 years of experience in medicine and public health. He is a professor in the departments of Public Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, where his teaching and research — including more than 170 scientific manuscripts and five books — address occupational and environmental risk factors for respiratory disease, reproductive hazards, and immigrant and farmworker health.
Schenker is director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and the Migration and Health Research Center. He co-directs the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health of the UC Davis Global Health Institute.
Since last year, Schenker has held the position of associate vice provost for outreach and engagement in University Outreach and International Programs.
In addition to a master’s degree from Harvard University, Schenker has a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a medical degree from UC San Francisco.