Dr. Rowlett joined the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler as an Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences in 2010. He continues to work with the Pantex Former Worker program, in conjunction with Drexel University, which provides DOE’s former worker medical surveillance for this site. Dr. Rowlett’s presentations and publications span the fields of industrial hygiene, toxicology, engineering, safety and surety, as well as evidence-based practice of medicine.

His board certification was awarded by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine in 1994. Prior to his medical training, he received an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1977, where his thesis research was in respirable cotton dust aerosols. He then served four years active duty at the U.S. Army Medical Bioengineering R&D Laboratory, Ft. Detrick, MD, where his research focused on industrial hygiene engineering and inhalation toxicology. Following active duty, he worked as a process engineer and then as a technical superintendent for El Paso Products Company before entering medical school.

After his medical training and residency, he worked both in industry and academic occupational medicine. From 1990-1993, he was medical director at the Baytown Refinery for Exxon Company USA. From 1993-1999, he practiced at the Scott & White Clinic in Temple, TX and also held appointments in the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, and in the Department of Nuclear & Safety Engineering. From 1999-2003, he practiced occupational medicine with the Covenant Medical Group in Lubbock before returning to industry with BWXT Pantex in Amarillo, TX from 2003-2009.

Education & Training

University of Iowa
MS, Preventative Medicine, 1989
Texas Tech University
MD, 1987
Texas Tech University
MS, Chemical Engr, 1977
Texas Tech University
BS, Biology/Chemistry, 1974

Courses Taught

PBHL 5304 –Occupational and Environmental Health

Research Interest

Health Hazards Assessments
Fitness for Duty for Safety-Sensitive work
Use of Opioids by those performing “safety-sensitive” tasks
Evidence-based practice in occupational medicine.

Publication Highlights

Rowlett, C. David, contributing editor and chapter lead “Chapter 11: Forearm, Wrist, and Hand Complaints” in Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines: Evaluation and Management of Common Health Problems and Functional Recovery of Workers, Second Edition, edited by Lee S. Glass, MD, OEM Press, Beverly Farms MA, January 2004.
Rowlett, C. D. Evaluation of Worker Complaints in a Photoetching Department. Worksafe Iowa Report, Dec.1988.
Henry, Mary C., Jesse J. Barkley, and C. David Rowlett. Mammalian Toxicologic Evaluation of Hexachloroethane Smoke Mixture and Red Phosphorus. Final Report, DAMD 17-78-C-8086, U.S. Army Medical Bioengineering R&D Laboratory, Ft. Detrick, MD, Sept. 1981.
Bethea, R. M., C. D. Rowlett, and P. R. Morey. Evaluation of a Fluorescent Dust Tracer Technique in Cotton Ginning. American Industrial Hygiene Journal 39: 998-1008, Dec. 1978.