Newsline No. 21-12  
May 11, 2012  

Division of Workers’ Compensation announces the appointment of Dr. Rupali Das as executive medical director

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) today announced the appointment of Dr. Rupali Das to the position of executive medical director for DWC.

“The medical director plays a vital role in the division’s mission to provide quality care to injured workers and return them to their jobs,” said DWC Administrative Director Rosa Moran. “Dr. Das brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enable us to fulfill that mission and ensure the workers’ compensation system is working for all parties.”

The executive medical director manages all medical and health-related programs in the DWC, and will provide policy guidance for the division and develop education and training for treating physicians. In addition, the medical director oversees provider networks and research plans related to medical care, and represents DWC on matters related to medical and health issues in workers’ compensation. 

Dr. Das comes to DWC from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), where she was chief of the Exposure Assessment Section in the Environmental Health Investigations Branch since 2009. She joined CDPH in 1998 as a public health medical officer, working to reduce worker illnesses in agriculture and other industries. Before that she worked on air pollution issues at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and was in clinical practice.

She is currently an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Das attended medical school at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and has a master’s degree in public health from University of California, Berkeley. She is board certified in both internal and occupational medicine.

This position does not require Senate confirmation.

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