Health Partners Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency
Ralph Bovard, MD MPH
Ralph S. Bovard, MD MPH is the Program Director for the HealthPartners Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency. He is a graduate of the U. of Minnesota medical school and completed an MPH & Preventive Medicine Residency at the U. of Arizona in 1996. He is board certified in Occupational Medicine & General Preventive Medicine, and is a fellow of ACOEM, ABPM, and ACSM. Dr. Bovard has more than 30 years of clinical practice experience, working in emergency medicine, sports medicine & non-operative orthopedics, occupational & preventive medicine. He has worked in altitude & cold injury research on Mt. McKinley, as a missionary doctor in Papua New Guinea, an Everest expedition physician, as an Aspen-Colorado ski clinic MD, as the set doctor for the movies “River Wild” and “Cliffhanger”, and as a base physician at Palmer Station in Antarctica. He has traveled internationally with US Alpine Ski Team and US Figure Skating Teams. He competes in masters swimming and Nordic skiing.
Companies that seek to reduce injuries and disability embrace corporate health and fitness. The literature demonstrates that reducing absenteeism, presenteeism, and risk behaviors that lead to suboptimal health are associated with improvement in the corporate bottom line. Both personal risk factors (PRF) and occupational risk factors (ORF) contribute to compensability in the workplace. Unfortunately, much […]