Meet The SOMA Team

SOMA has assembled an outstanding staff of skilled professionals with certifications and advanced degrees in their respective fields, including:

  • Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Toxicology
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Environmental Science
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety
  • Chemical Engineers

In addition to board certifications and university affiliations, staff members are experienced in testimony before government and legislative bodies, as well as regulatory development.

Our interdisciplinary team approach brings a unique perspective to each project combining real world, academic and regulatory experience into one unified package.  Fortune 500 companies in transportation, manufacturing, mining, construction materials, petrochemical, and cosmetics top our client list.  In addition, leading global health care and insurance providers also turn to us to support and manage their Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology programs and needs.  We also work with many academic institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

Howard M. Sandler, M.D. - President and Founder
 

Dr. Sandler has a long and distinguished career in regulation, health care delivery systems, research, health/exposure information technology and problem solving in occupational and environmental medicine. Dr. Sandler has developed a wide range of criteria for regulation and consensus standards, performed risk assessments and epidemiological research as well as, designed, implemented and managed numerous programs in occupational and environmental health.

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Richard S. Blume, M.D., MPH, FACPM - Occupational Health Physician
 

 

Dr. Blume is a residency-trained, board-certified specialist in occupational and environmental medicine. He holds degrees in medicine, public health and engineering. He has experience in: clinical occupational medicine, toxicology, regulatory compliance, medical standards development, epidemiology, risk assessment, medical record review and analysis, and medical case management. 

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Connie T. Chuang, M.D., MPA, MPH - Occupational Health Physician
  Dr. Connie Chuang is a board-eligible occupational and environmental medicine physician and a certified medical review officer. She holds degrees in medicine, public administration and public health. In 2011, she received a scholarship from the Occupational Physicians Scholarship Fund (OPSF). She is board-certified in internal medicine and holds licenses to practice medicine in New York and New Jersey State. Dr. Chuang has a strong interest in promotion of workplace health and safety and has experience in health program development and management. 

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Dennis C. Ertel, Jr., CIH, CSP, REM - Chief Operating Officer

 

Dennis C. Ertel, Jr., CIH, CSP, REM, was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates (SOMA) in June 2006. Prior to that assignment, he was the Director of SOMA’s Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology Division, since August 2000. Mr. Ertel is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 20 years experience in evaluating and controlling a wide range of health hazards in the workplace.  Mr. Ertel operates from SOMA's Washington DC Area office and manages industrial hygiene projects and programs, performs training, research, and general consultation for environmental, health and safety issues.  

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Anish K. Ranpuria, MPH, CIH, COHC - Director of Business Development

 

Anish K. Ranpuria, MPH, CIH, COHC, is Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc's (SOMA) Director of Business Development. Mr. Ranpuria is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with years of experience in recognizing, evaluating and controlling a wide range of health hazards in the workplace. Mr. Ranpuria operates from SOMA’s Washington DC area office and supports industrial hygiene projects and programs, occupational health programs, performs training, research, and general consultation for environmental, occupational, health and safety issues. 

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Priya Nagarajan, MEng, CIH - Director of Industrial Hygiene

 

Ms. Priya Nagarajan joined Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates (SOMA) in January 2003 as an Industrial Hygienist and was appointed Director, Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology Division in June 2006 to manage the industrial hygiene projects and programs for SOMA. Ms. Nagarajan is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over nine years of experience in recognizing, evaluating and controlling employees’ exposures to health hazards at their workplace.

 

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Carol Woodruff - Business Development

 
Carol Woodruff joins SOMA with over 20 years of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health experience. Carol has spent many years working extensively with federal, state and local government agencies, large manufacturers, and with the commercial and private sectors.  After completing her degree in Environmental Sciences, she started as a laboratory technician for American Medical Laboratories, Inc. (AML) working in the Toxicology Department analyzing samples for substances of abuse. 
 

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