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NAME Kheifets, Leeka



Professor of Epidemiology in Residence

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)


(if applicable) YEAR(s) FIELD OF STUDY

University of Yerevan, USSR B.S.E. 1971-1975 Mathematics

University of California, Berkeley M.A. 1976-1977 Statistics

University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. 1984-1986 Epidemiology

A. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

1978-1980 Statistician, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute

1980-1981 Senior Statistician, UCLA School of Public Health

1981–1984 Biostatistician, Environmental Health Associates

1986-1988 Manager, Occupational Health Programs, Syntex, Inc.

1988-1995 Manager, Epidemiology

1995–2001 Area Mgr, EMF Effects Assessment & Management; Product Line Leader, Occupational Health

1997-2001 Technical Executive (Director level position)

1988-2001 Positions reflecting a steady progression of increasing responsibility, Electric Power Research


2001-2003 Head of Radiation Program, World Health Organization

2003-present Professor of Epidemiology in Residence, UCLA, School of Public Health

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

1992-1998 National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) Commission on Life

Sciences Board on Radiation Effects Research: Committee on Assessment of Center for

Disease Control (CDC) Radiation Studies

1998 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Working Group

2001 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph on the Evaluation of

Carcinogenic Risk to Humans, working group member Vol. 80

2001-2002 Programme Committee Member for International Conference on Occupational Protection:

Protecting Workers Against Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (ILO)

2001-2004 Board of Directors Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS)

2001-2003 Radiation Standards Safety Committee (RASSC), International Atomic

Energy Agency (IAEA)

2001-present International Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), Member of the

Standing Committee on Epidemiology

2002-present Independent Scientific Advisory Group to Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSI)

2003-present Adviser, Radiation Programme, World Health Organization (WHO)

Honors and Awards

1985 Merit Scholarship, UC Berkeley

1990 Innovation and Achievement in Environmental Research

1995 EPRI Performance Recognition Award

1996 EPRI Performance Recognition Award

1996 Chauncey Starr Award

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B. Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order).

Selected peer-reviewed publications

1. Kheifets L , Ahlbom A, Feychting M, “EMF and Health”, Invited Contibution to Annual Review of Public

Health, Vol 26, 2004

2. Mezei G, Kheifets L “Selection Bias in EMF – Childhood Leukemia Epidemiologic Studies”, In preparation

3. Ahlbom A, Green A, Kheifets L, Savitz D, Swerdlow A. “Epidemiology of health effects of radiofrequency

exposure”, In preparation

4. Khiefets L. “Perspectives on 3-4 mG”, In preparation

5. Ahlbom A, Feychting M, Johansen C, Kheifets L, Sahl J, Savitz D “Extremely low-frequency

electromagnetic fields and heart disease”, In preparation

6. Ahlbom A, Feychting M, Gustavsson A, Hallqvist J, Johansen C, Kheifets L, Olsen JH. “Occupational

magnetic field exposure and myocardial infarction incidence in the SHEEP study” Epidemiology, accepted

7. Kheifets L, Repacholi M, Saunders R, “Thermal Stress and Radiation Protection Principles”, Int. J. of

Hyperthermia, 2003; Vol. 19

8. Goldstein L, Dewhirst M, Repacholi M, Kheifets L. Summary, “Conclusions and Recommendations:

Adverse Temperature Levels in the Human Body”, Int. J. of Hyperthermia, 2003; Vol. 19, pp. 373-384

9. Kheifets L, Thrall N. Electromagnetic Fields and Health, Macmillians Guide to Pollution, in press

10. Sahl J, Mezei G, Kavet R, McMillan A, Silvers A, Sastre A, Kheifets L. Occupational magnetic field

exposures and cardiovascular mortality in a cohort of electric utility workers, Am J Epiderniol, 2002;


11. Mezei G, Kheifets L. Clues to the possible viral etiology of childhood leukemia. Technology, 2002; Vol.

9, pp 3-14

12. Kheifets L., Greenberg R., Neutra R., Hester G., Poole C., Rall D., Banerjee G. “From epidemiology to

policy: An EMF case study,” American Journal of Epidemiology, 2001 154(12):S50-59.

13. Kheifets L., Hester G., Banerjee G. “The Precautionary Principle and EMF: Implementation and

Evaluation,” Journal of Risk Research, 2001 4(2):113-125.

14. Kheifets L. “Electric and magnetic field exposure and brain cancer” Bioelectromagnetics 2001;5:5120-


15. Mezei G., Kheifets L.I., Nelson L.M., Mills K.M., Iriye R., Kelsey J.L., “Household appliance use and

residential exposure to 60-Hz electric and magnetic fields,” Journal of Exposure Analysis and

Environmental Epidemiology, 2001; Jan-Feb; 11(1):41-9.

16. Kaune W.T.,Davis S., Stevens R.G., Mirick D.K., Kheifets L., “Measuring short-term temporal variability of

residential magnetic field exposures,” Bioelectromagnetics, 2001; 22:232-245.

17. Mills K., Kheifets L., Nelson L., Bloch D., Takemoto-Hambleteon R., Kelsey J. “Reliability of proxyreported

and self-reported household appliance use” Epidemiology, 2000; September; 11(5):581-8.

18. Stevens R.G., Davis S., Mirick D., Kheifets L., Bates D., Kaune W., “Alcohol consumption and urinary

concentration of 6-sulphatoxymelatonin in healthy women,” Epidemiology, 2001; 11(6):660-5.

19. Ebi K., Kheifets L., Pearson R., Wachtel H. “Possible evidence for control selection bias in the Savitz et

al. childhood cancer study” Biolectromagnetics 2000, 21:346-353.

20. Cook M., Graham C., Kavet R., Stevens R., Kheifets L, Davis, S. (2000) “Urinary assessment of pineal

melatonin production in women” Journal of Pineal Research, 28:41-47.

21. Kelsh M., Kheifets L., Smith R. (2000) “Assessing the impact of work environment, utility and sampling

design on occupational exposure summaries: A case study of magnetic field exposures among electric

utility workers” American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal 61:174-182.

22. Brainard C, Kavet R., Kheifets L. (1999) “MINI REVIEW: The relationship between electromagnetic field

and light exposures to melatonin and breast cancer risk: A review of the relevant literature” Journal of

Pineal Research, Vol. 26:65-100.

23. Kheifets L. (1999) “Occupational exposure assessment in epidemiologic studies of EMF” Radiation

Protection Dosimetry, Vol 83, Nos 1-2, pp 61-69.

24. Kheifets L., Gilbert E., Sussman S., Guenel P., Sahl J., Savitz D., Theriault G. (1999) “Comparative

analysis of the studies of magnetic fields and cancer in electric utility workers: studies from France,

Canada, and the United States” Occupational Environmental Medicine, 56:567-574.

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25. Kheifets L., Matkin C. (1999) “Industrialization, electromagnetic fields and breast cancer risk”

Environmental Health Perspectives, 2/99, Vo.. 107 Sup 1, 145-154.

26. Kheifets L., Sussman S., Preston-Martin S., (1999) “Childhood brain tumors and residential

electromagnetic fields (EMF)” Environmental Contamination Toxicology, 159:111-129.

27. McCann J., Kheifets L., Rafferty C. (1998) “Cancer risk assessment of extremely low frequency electric &

magnetic fields: A critical review of methodology” Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 106 #11, 11/98,

p 701-717.

28. Kheifets, L., Afifi, A., Buffler, P., Zhang, Z., Matkin, C. (1997) “Occupational EMF Exposure and Leukemia:

A Meta-Analysis,” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol 39 #11, 11/97, p 1074.

29. Kheifets, L, Kavet, R., Sussman, S. (1997) “Wire Codes, Magnetic Field and Childhood Cancer”,

Bioelectromagnetics, Vol. 18, p 99-110.

30. Kheifets, L., London, S., Peters, J. (1997) “Leukemia Risk and Occupational Electric field Exposure in Los

Angeles County”, American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 146, #1, p 87-90.

31. Kheifets, L., (1996) “Adverse Reproductive Outcomes in Families of Atomic Veterans: The Feasibility of

Epidemiologic Studies”. Health Physics, 70(2): 275-276.

32. Kheifets, L., Afifi, A., Buffler, P., Zhang, Z. (1995) “Occupational EMF Exposure and Brain Cancer: A

meta-Analysis”, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 37 p1-15.

33. Bracken, T., Kheifets, L. and Sussman, S., (1993), “Exposure assessment for power frequency electric

and magnetic fields (EMF) and its application to epidemiologic studies”, Journal of Exposure Analysis and

Environmental Epidemiology, Vol 3, p 1-22.

34. Jacquez, G. and Kheifets, L., (1993), “Synthetic cancer variables and the construction and testing of

synthetic risk maps”, Statistics in Medicine, Vol 12, p 1931-1943.

35. Kheifets, L., (1993), “Cluster analysis: A perspective”, Statistics in Medicine, Vol 12, p 1755-1757.

36. Morgan, Wong, Whorton, Gordon, and Kheifets (1989): “An ecological analysis and a case-control study of

gastric cancer and DBCP in drinking water in Fresno County, California,” British Journal of Industrial

Medicine. 46.

37. Wong, Mogan, Bailey, Swenzecki, Claxton, and Kheifets (1986). “An epidemiologic study of petroleum

refinery employees,” British Journal of Industrial Medicine. Vol 43, p 6-17.

38. Cooper, Wong, Kheifets (1985), “Mortality among employees of lead battery plants and lead-producing

plants, 1947-1980,” Scandinavian Journal Work of Environmental Health, Vol 11, p 331-345.

39. Wong, Morgan, Kheifets, and Larson (1985), “Comparison of SMR, PMR, and PCMR in a cohort of union

members potentially exposed to diesel exhaust emissions,” British Journal of Industrial Medicine. Vol 42, p


40. Wong, Morgan, Kheifets, Larson, and Whorton (1985), “Mortality among members ora heavy construction

equipment operators union with potential exposure to diesel exhaust emissions,” British Journal of

Industrial Medicine. Vol 42, p. 435-448.

41. Morgan, Kheifets, Obrinsky, Whorton, and Foliart (1984), “Fetal loss and work in waste water treatment

plants,” American Journal of Public Health, Vol 7, p 499-501.

42. Sinclair and Kheifets (1982), “Use of clustering techniques in deriving psychoeducation profiles,”

Contemporary Educational Psychology, Vol 7, p. 81-89.


van Deventer E, Kheifets L, Repacholi M, (2002) Establishing a Dialogue on Risks from

Electromagnetic Fields, WHO, ISBN9241545712

Chapter in Books

1. Kheifets L. , C. Roy (2002), “ Radiation Emergencies”, Environmental Health in Emergencies and

Disasters, WHO. Geneva.

2. Kheifets L. (2001), “Electric and Magnetic Fields and Occupational Health, “Patty’s Industrial Hygiene and

Toxicology”, Fifth Edition,;100:141-198.

3. Kheifets, L.I. (2000), “Extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMF)” Hunter’s Disease of

Occupations. 9th edition, Arnold Publishers (Co-published by Oxford University Press) Part 3, #21, p439-


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4. Kheifets L and Kelsey J. (1997) “Epidemiologic studies of electric and magnetic fields and cancer”, In:

Advances In Electromagnetic Fields in Living Systems. JC Lin, ed., Plenum, New York, NY.

5. Schull, W., et. al. Dose Reconstruction for Epidemiologic Uses, National Academy Press, 1995.

C. Research Support

Major Research Interest

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Epidemiologic methodology, Methodologic issues in capturing

environmental exposure, Public Health Policy Development, Non-Ionizing (static, extremely low frequency and

radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposures) and Ionizing Radiation, Epidemiology of chronic diseases

including cancer (particularly breast, leukemia and brain), cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease.

Current Research Interest

International Health, use of Epidemiology for evidence-based health policy, applications of precautionary

principle, experimental and non-experimental inference, 60 Hz EMF exposure and childhood leukemia, mobile

cell phone and base station health effects, Mitigation of, preparedness for, and response to the natural

occurrence, accidental release, or the deliberate use of radiation.

Ongoing and Completed Research Support

2004 UK Department of Health and Industry

Prospective cohort study on mobile phone use and health: Extension of pilot.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

2004 EPRI

Incorporating uncertainty in Analysis of EMF data for Public Health evaluation

Role: Principal Investigator

2003 Swiss Research Foundation

Feasibility Study of Environmental RF Exposures

Role: Co-Investigator

2003 EPRI

Health Initiative

Role: Principal Investigator

2003 WHO

Environmental Health Criteria

Role: Principal Investigator

2003 EPRI

Use of Cut-points in Epidemiology

Role: Principal Investigator

2003 European Commission

Precautionary Principle, WHO

Role: Principal Investigator

2002 Government Funding (UK, Germany, Ireland)

Radiation Program, WHO

Role: Head

2002 NIEHS

Environmental Health Criteria, WHO

2002 Industry Funding

Radiation Program, WHO

Role: Head

2001 Electric Power Research Institute, various projects

EMF Research

Role: Area Manager