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January 8, 2018 – Remembering Dr. James (Jim) Melius, M.D., Dr. PH.
Chair, World Trade Center Responders Steering Committee
Dr. Jim Melius passed away unexpectedly last week. We at the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program are saddened by his death. Dr. Melius was an early, prominent, and sustaining voice supporting those involved in the rescue, recovery, and clean up efforts following the September 11th terrorist attacks. He championed the first medical monitoring and treatment programs and worked tirelessly to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which created the WTC Health Program, and worked even harder to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act in 2015.
"The nation has lost a great worker health champion," said Dr. John Howard, Administrator of the WTC Health Program. "Dr. Melius dedicated his career to protecting workers from injury and illness. All of us who work in the WTC Health Program will miss Dr. Melius’ leadership, scholarship, and dedication to the responder and survivor members of the Program."
A private funeral service is planned.
A memorial for Dr. Melius will take place in the Stern Auditorium at Mount Sinai Medical Center at 11:00 a.m. on March 26, 2018. Mount Sinai Medical Center is located on Madison Avenue at E. 101st St. on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is also possible to enter the medical center from Fifth Avenue at E. 101st St.