Lora E. Fleming, MD, Ph.D. , M.P.H., M.Sc.

  • PhD in Epidemiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • MD/MPH in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
  • MSc in History of Science, London University, Imperial College, London, England


Dr. Fleming is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami, and is on the faculty of the Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University. She is the only board certified Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physician and Epidemiologist in South Florida. As the Co-Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) University of Miami Oceans and Human Health Center and the Associate Director of the Florida International University (FIU)-University of Miami NIEHS ARCH Program, she works in the areas of Marine and Freshwater Toxins, Recreational Microbes, Environmental Human Health, and Epidemiologic issues. Working with various Center colleagues and others, Dr. Fleming has created educational materials concerning the human health effects of marine and freshwater natural toxins, and performed research in Ciguatera Fish Poisoning, Florida Red Tides (Brevetoxins) and cyanobacterial toxins, and the application of GIS to Marine and Freshwater Toxin Diseases.

As Medical Director of the Florida Cancer Data System (, Florida’s incident cancer registry, Dr. Fleming works with researchers and students to promote work in cancer epidemiology and prevention, and health disparities in Florida. She teaches physicians and residents, and PhD and Masters of Public Health, medical, law, architecture, and undergraduate students in environmental and occupational health and epidemiology. Dr. Fleming also acts as a Consultant in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Epidemiology both locally and internationally, and serves on a number of University, State and National Taskforces and Committees. 


In addition to her work on the possible human health effects of marine and freshwater toxins, Dr. Fleming is also involved in research exploring the health disparities, morbidity, and mortality of US workers in the National Health Interview Survey, funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), as well as issues of second hand smoke on worker health and the prevention of tobacco-related diseases.
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