Kathleen Anne Crowley, DrPH, MPH, PA-C

Roles and Responsibilities

As the Vice President (VP), Dr. Crowley leads, advances and oversees the comprehensive environmental health and safety program for Columbia University. A team oriented and integrated program is implemented across all campuses of the University including the Irving Medical Center, Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and Nevis Campus; Barnard College; New York State Psychiatric Institute; the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia campus and Columbia Doctors Faculty Practice Radiation Clinical Programs. Dr. Crowley is responsible for providing: strategic leadership and administrative direction, financial and communication oversight, client support and program coordination, and maintaining a safety culture. EH&S is one-stop for all safety matters including biosafety, chemical safety, radiation safety, laser and MRI safety in research, industrial hygiene, fire life safety, and the following disciplines: controlled substances, hearing conservation, shop safety, environmental protection, hazardous waste management, emergency spill response, indoor air quality, and, injury and incident investigations. In collaboration with the University community, a proactive safety program coupled with a comprehensive waste management programs for hazardous, radioactive, universal, and regulated waste with a focus on reduce, reuse, and recycle is in place. The safety and health programs are integrated, creating a model leadership program.


Before joining Columbia University, Dr. Crowley worked at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and fulfilled various positions including Director of Occupational Health Services, Administrator for House Staff, and staff Physician Assistant. She holds both a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and received I. Bernard Weinstein Academic Excellence Award in Environmental Health Sciences. She is a board certified Physician Assistant with a Bachelor of Science and Physician Assistant Certificate from SUNY Stony Brook Health Sciences. Dr. Crowley’s professional interests include occupational medicine, workplace safety and prevention, environmental stewardship, emergency management and leadership in higher education and health care.

Dr. Crowley is an active member of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) Women’s Leadership Advisory Group, former co-chair. She has participated in numerous panels for Women Leading Change, including Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend and was co-chair of the University’s inaugural Women’s Conference, She Opened the Door. She is currently a member of the CAA Strategic Planning Task Force and the Alumni Medalist Committee. Dr. Crowley is a past president of the Mailman School Alumni Board, served on the Board of Directors, was a member of the Governance Committee which includes selection of the annual Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award and the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, and served on the Mailman DrPH Strategic Planning Committee. She is the founding editor of the e-Mailman, the Newsletter of the Alumni Association. Previously Dr. Crowley served on several other boards including: the American Association of Physician Assistants in Occupational Medicine (AAPA-OM) and was former President, the Hospital Employee Health Directors of Greater New York, and on the Advisory Board for the Mt. Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Occupational Health Clinical Center. Dr. Crowley is a recipient of the University’s highest Alumni Medal Award where alumni are recognized for building Columbia's community.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, is an avid skier, hiker and participates in multi-sport training for long-course triathlons.