Richard A. (Rick) Lippin is a recognized leader in the medical
specialty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), which
he practiced for over 25 years during which he held senior positions
in Atlantic Richfield Company’s (ARCO) Corporate Medical
Department. His most recent position, held since 1987, was Corporate
Medical Director ARCO Chemical Company where he had responsibility
for the management of Occupational and Environmental Medical Programs
on a worldwide basis, including the Americas, Europe and Asia
his retirement from ARCO in Dec 1999, Dr Lippin accepted a position
as Chief Medical Officer of EarthMed.com an internet based Holistic
Health Company and currently is employed by the US ARMY as Director
of the U.S. Army Health Clinic at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna,
recognition for his achievements in his field Dr. Lippin was the
1997 recipient of the prestigious
Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award given annually
by the American College of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
Lippin holds academic faculty appointments at Jefferson Medical
College and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Both are located in Philadelphia.
his field Dr. Lippin has developed special expertise and leadership
in Worksite Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine issues in their
relationship to employee health and productivity outcomes. He
became an authority on work stress. He also has expertise in the
responsible application of Alternative Medicine to the worksite.
In 1996, he assumed the Chairmanship of ACOEM’s Mental Health
Committee, and shortly thereafter was appointed as the only physician
to serve on the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH) research priority (NORA) team on Organization
of Work (OOW).
regard to Alternative Medicine Dr. Lippin planned and executed
the first full day seminar in Alternative Medicine at a U.S. medical
specialty annual scientific meeting- the American Occupational
Health Conference (AOHC) held in Chicago, Ill. in April of 1994.
This event and a subsequent resolution submitted by Dr. Lippin
led to a formal position statement on alternative Medicine, adopted
and published by ACOEM in July of 1994- again the first U.S. Medical
Specialty to do so. In January of 1996, Dr. Lippin published the
first peer-reviewed article on the topic of Alternative Medicine
in the Workplace in the highly regarded journal Alternative Therapies
edited by Dr. Larry Dossey.
Lippin also coined the term “Arts -Medicine” having
founded, in 1976, the American Physicians Poetry Association (APPA)
and in 1985 the International Arts-Medicine Association (IAMA)
dedicated to providing a forum for communication between arts
and health professionals on a global basis. The arts-medicine
movement incorporates the many links between the healing and creative
arts including arts therapies, the environmental enhancement of
health care facilities through the arts and the use of the arts
in public health education. In 1997, Dr. Lippin was invited to
author a chapter on Expressive Arts Therapies in a textbook, The
Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Second
Edition, (Ed-M.Micozzi) the first textbook for medical students
on the subject.
chair of ACOEM’s Mental Health Committee from 1996-2001,
Dr. Lippin was instrumental in assisting ACOEM with its official
position statement on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), which
contained the following historic language, “MCS research
will not finally dissect psychological and physiological effects.
Indeed modern medicine no longer supports a mind-body dichotomy.”
Also Dr. Lippin advanced the acceptance of work stress as a discipline
within the field of Occupational Medicine.
Lippin writes and speaks extensively on the above topics often
in a keynote capacity.
Lippin is a resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he lives
with his wife, his son, and his daughter.