Department of Public Health Sciences

Stephen A. McCurdy, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine
Director, UCD Master of Public Health (MPH) Program
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of California, Davis
Davis, California 95616-8638

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Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational hazards for farm workers
  • Occupational hazards for semiconductor workers
  • General occupational and environmental medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Pesticides
  • Heavy metals (lead, mercury, and others)

Link to selected survey questionnaires

Foreign language skills:

  • German
  • Spanish


  • Certificate American Board of Preventive Medicine 1988
  • Chief Medical Resident University of California, Davis, 1984- 1985
  • Resident, Internal Medicine University of California, Davis, 1981- 1984
  • Certificate American Board of Internal Medicine 1984
  • MD, Medicine University of California, San Diego 1981
  • MPH, Epidemiology University of California, Berkeley 1979
  • BA, Biochemistry University of California, Riverside 1976
  • Qualified Medical Examiner  (QME)

Professional society memberships:

  • American Public Health Association & California Public Health Association--North
  • California Medical Association & Sierra-Sacramento Valley Medical Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Selected publications:

  1. Xiao H, McCurdy SA, Stoecklin-Marois MT, Li C-S, Schenker MB (2013) Agricultural work and chronic musculoskeletal pain among Latino farm workers: the MICASA study.. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 56(2):216-225.

  2. McCurdy SA, Xiao H, Hennessy-Burt T, Marois M, Tancredi DJ, Bennett D, Schenker MB. (2013) Agricultural injury in California Hispanic farm workers: MICASA follow-up survey.. Journal of Agromedicine. 18(1):39-49.

  3. Babalik A, Kilicaslan Z, Caner SS, Güngör G, Ortaköylü MG, Gencer S, McCurdy SA (2013) A registry-based cohort study of pulmonary tuberculosis treatment outcomes in Istanbul, Turkey.. Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases. 66(2):115-120.

  4. Belafsky S, Vlach J, McCurdy SA. (2013) Cardiopulmonary fitness and respirator clearance: an update. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 10(5):277-285.

  5. Douphrate DI, Stallones L, Kolstrup CL, Nonnenmann MW, Pinzke S, Hagevoort GR, Lundqvist P, Jakob M, Xiang H, Ling X, Jarvie P, McCurdy SA, Reed S, Lower T. (2013) Work-related injuries and fatalities on dairy farm operations: A global perspective. Journal of Agromedicine. 18(5):256-264.

  6. McCurdy SA, Kwan JA (2012) Ethnic and gender differences in farm tasks and safety practices among rural California farm youth. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 9(6):362-70.

  7. McCurdy SA (2012) Willingness to provide behavioral health recommendations: a cross-sectional study of entering medical students. BMC Medical Education. 12(1):1-7.

  8. McCurdy SA, Kwan JA (2012) Agricultural injury risk among rural California public high school students: prospective results. American Journal of Industrial Medicine . 55(7):631-642.

  9. Villarejo D, McCurdy SA, Bade B, Samuels S, Lighthall D, Williams D 3rd (2010) The health of California's immigrant hired farmworkers. The American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 53(4):387-397.

  10. Arrieta DE, McCurdy SA, Henderson JD, Lefkowitz LJ, Reitstetter R, Wilson BW (2009) Normal range of human red blood cell acetylcholinesterase activity. Drug and Chemical Toxicology. 32(3):182-185.

  11. Maeshiro R, Johnson I, Koo D, Parboosingh J, Carney JK, Gesundheit N, Ho ET, Butler-Jones D, Donovan D, Finkelstein JA, Bennett NM, Shore B, McCurdy SA, Novick LF, Velarde LD, Dent MM, Banchoff A, Cohen L (2009) Medical education for a healthier population: reflections on the Flexner Report from a public health perspective. Academic Medicine. 85(2):211-219.

  12. Hird DW, Lloyd KC, McCurdy SA, Schenker MB, Troidl JJ, Kass PH (2008) Public health education at the University of California, Davis: past, present, and future programs. Journal of Veterinary Medicine Education. 35(2):219-224.

  13. Villarejo D, McCurdy SA (2008) The California Agricultural Workers Health Survey. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 14(2):135-146.

  14. Nturibi EM, Kolawole AA, McCurdy SA. (2008) Smoking prevalence and tobacco control measures in Kenya, Uganda, the Gambia and Liberia: a review . International Journal for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 13(2):165-170.

  15. Leigh JP, Waehrer G, Miller TR, McCurdy SA (2006) Costs differences across demographic groups and types of occupational injuries and illnesses.. Am J Ind Med. . 49(10):845-853.

  16. Leigh JP, McCurdy SA (2006) Differences in workers' compensation disability and impairment ratings under old and new California law. . J Occup Environ Med.. 48(4):419-425.

  17. McCurdy, S. A., J. A. Farrar, J. J. Beaumont, S. J. Samuels, R. S. Green, L. C. Scott and M. B. Schenker (2004) Nonfatal occupational injury among California farm operators. J Agric Saf Health. 10(2):103-19.

  18. McCurdy, S A, J Sunyer, J-P Zock, J M Anto and M Kogevinas (2003) Smoking and occupation from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Occup Environ Med. 60(9):643-8.

  19. McCurdy, Stephen A, Steven J Samuels, Daniel J Carroll, James J Beaumont and Lynne A Morrin (2003) Agricultural injury in California migrant Hispanic farm workers. Am J Ind Med. 44(3):225-35.

  20. McCurdy, Stephen A (2003) Preventive medicine teaching cases in the preclinical undergraduate medical curriculum. Am J Prev Med. 24(4 Suppl):108-10.

  21. McCurdy, Stephen A, Steven J Samuels, Daniel J Carroll, James J Beaumont and Lynne A Morrin (2002) Injury risks in children of California migrant Hispanic farm worker families. Am J Ind Med. 42(2):124-33.

  22. Leigh, JP, McCurdy, SA and Schenker, MB (2001) Costs of occupational injuries in agriculture. Public Health Rep. 116(3):235-48.

  23. McCurdy, S A and D J Carroll (2000) Agricultural injury. Am J Ind Med. 38(4):463-80.

  24. Wilson, B.W., S.A. McCurdy, J.D. Henderson, S.A. McCarthy and J.E. Billitti (1999) Cholinesterases and Agriculture: Humans, Laboratory Animals, Wildlife. IN: Structure and Functions of Cholinesterases and Related Proteins. 539-546. Plenum Publishers. New York.

  25. McCurdy, S.A. (1998) Respiratory infections in agriculture. Am J Respir and Crit Care Medicine. 158(Supplement):S46-S52.

  26. McCurdy, S. A., L. A. Morrin and M. M. Memmott (1998) Occupational history collection by third-year medical students during internal medicine and surgery inpatient clerkships. J Occup Environ Med. 40(8):680-684.

  27. Von Essen, S G and S A McCurdy (1998) Health and safety risks in production agriculture. West J Med. 169(4):214-20.

  28. McCurdy, S. A., D. S. Arretz and R. O. Bates (1997) Tuberculin reactivity among California Hispanic migrant farm workers. Am J Ind Med. 32(6):600-605.

  29. McCurdy, S. J. and A. Scherman (1996) Effects of family structure on the adolescent separation-individuation process. Adolescence. 31(122):307-319.

  30. McCurdy, S. A., T. J. Ferguson, D. F. Goldsmith, J. E. Parker and M. B. Schenker (1996) Respiratory health of California rice farmers. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 153(5):1553-1559.

  31. Rajini, P., J.A. Last, S.A. McCurdy, R. Lawson, R.J. Southard, K.P. Allamneni and H.P. Witschi (1995) Lung injury and fibrogenic response to dusts from citrus and grape harvests. Inhalation Toxicology. 7:363-376.

  32. Lawson, R.J, M.B Schenker, S.A McCurdy, B. Jenkins, L.A Lischak, W. John and D. Scales (1995) Exposure to Amorphous Silica Fibers and Other Particulate Matter During Rice Farming Operations. Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 10(8):677-684.

  33. Farrar, J. A., M. B. Schenker, S. A. McCurdy and L. A. Morrin (1995) Hazard perceptions of California farm operators. Journal of Agromedicine. 2(2):27-40.

  34. Samuels, S. J., S. A. McCurdy, D. Pocekay, S. K. Hammond, L. Missell and M. B. Schenker (1995) Fertility history of currently employed male semiconductor workers. Am J Ind Med. 28(6):873-882.

  35. Pocekay, D., S. A. McCurdy, S. J. Samuels, S. K. Hammond and M. B. Schenker (1995) A cross-sectional study of musculoskeletal symptoms and risk factors in semiconductor workers. Am J Ind Med. 28(6):861-871.

  36. Pocekay, D., S. A. McCurdy, S. J. Samuels, S. K. Hammond and M. B. Schenker (1995) A cross-sectional study of musculoskeletal symptoms and risk factors in semiconductor workers. Am J Ind Med. 28(6):861-871.

  37. McCurdy, S. A., M. E. Hansen, C. P. Weisskopf, R. L. Lopez, F. Schneider, J. Spencer, J. R. Sanborn, R. I. Krieger and B. W. Wilson (1994) Assessment of azinphosmethyl exposure in California peach harvest workers. Archives of Environmental Health. 49(4):289-296.

  38. McCurdy, S. A. (1994) Epidemiology of disaster. The Donner Party (1846-1847) [see comments]. West J Med. 160(4):338-342.

  39. McCurdy, S. A. and R. H. White (1992) Accuracy and precision of a portable anticoagulation monitor in a clinical setting. Arch Intern Med. 152(3):589-592.

  40. McCurdy, S. P., B. H. Clarkson and F. F. Feagin (1992) Comparison of phosphoprotein isolated from mature and immature human tooth roots. Arch Oral Biol. 37(12):1057-1065.

  41. Gamsky, T. E., S. A. McCurdy, P. Wiggins, S. J. Samuels, B. Berman and M. B. Shenker (1992) Epidemiology of dermatitis among California farm workers. J Occup Med. 34(3):304-310.

  42. Gamsky, T. E., S. A. McCurdy, S. J. Samuels and M. B. Schenker (1992) Reduced FVC among California grape workers [see comments]. Am Rev Respir Dis. 145(2 Pt 1):257-262.

  43. Gamsky, T. E., M. B. Schenker, S. A. McCurdy and S. J. Samuels (1992) Smoking, respiratory symptoms, and pulmonary function among a population of Hispanic farmworkers. Chest. 101(5):1361-1368.

  44. Hayashi, P. H., N. Flynn, S. A. McCurdy, I. K. Kuramoto, P. V. Holland and J. B. Zeldis (1991) Prevalence of hepatitis C virus antibodies among patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. J Med Virol. 33(3):177-180.

  45. McCurdy, S. A., M. B. Schenker and S. J. Samuels (1991) Reporting of occupational injury and illness in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Am J Public Health. 81(1):85-89.

  46. Kado, N. Y., S. A. McCurdy, S. J. Tesluk, S. K. Hammond, D. P. Hsieh, J. Jones and M. B. Schenker (1991) Measuring personal exposure to airborne mutagens and nicotine in environmental tobacco smoke. Mutat Res. 261(1):75-82.

  47. White, R. H., S. A. McCurdy and R. A. Marder (1990) Early morbidity after total hip replacement: rheumatoid arthritis versus osteoarthritis. J Gen Intern Med. 5(4):304-309.

  48. O'Malley, M. A. and S. A. McCurdy (1990) Subacute poisoning with phosalone, an organophosphate insecticide. West J Med. 153(6):619-624.

  49. McCurdy, S. P., B. H. Clarkson, R. L. Speirs and F. F. Feagin (1990) Phosphoprotein extraction from the dentine/cementum complex of human tooth roots. Arch Oral Biol. 35(5):347-357.

  50. Schenker, M. B. and S. A. McCurdy (1990) Occupational health among migrant and seasonal farmworkers: the specific case of dermatitis. Am J Ind Med. 18(3):345-351.

  51. Wiggins, P., S. A. McCurdy and W. Zeidenberg (1989) Epistaxis due to glutaraldehyde exposure. J Occup Med. 31(10):854-856.

  52. White, R. H., S. A. McCurdy, H. von Marensdorff, Jr. Woodruff, D. E. and L. Leftgoff (1989) Home prothrombin time monitoring after the initiation of warfarin therapy. A randomized, prospective study. Ann Intern Med. 111(9):730-737.

  53. McCurdy, S. A., M. B. Schenker and D. V. Lassiter (1989) Occupational injury and illness in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Am J Ind Med. 15(5):499-510.

  54. Shaner, D. M., S. A. McCurdy, M. O. Herring and A. J. Gabor (1988) Treatment of status epilepticus: a prospective comparison of diazepam and phenytoin versus phenobarbital and optional phenytoin. Neurology. 38(2):202-207.