Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH
Physician, Occupational Medicine and Research Investigator

Affiliations/other offices held: Faculty Physician, HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program; Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Joined the Institute: 2016

Education and training: MD and Master of Health Informatics, University of Minnesota Medical School and Institute for Health Informatics; Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health; HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency

Overview/research interests: Dr. McKinney’s clinical research interests are in preventing work-related illness and injury, improving data-driven decision-making in clinical contexts, environmental toxicology, public safety medicine, managing complex impairment/disability and increasing the health literacy of patients and communities.

Research activities and funding:
• Co-investigator, Pragmatic Trial Comparing Telehealth Care and Optimized Clinic-Based Care for Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure. Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
• Principal investigator, Comparison of Body Composition Methods, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and Obesity in Firefighters. Funder: Hologic, Inc.
• Principal investigator, "Firefighter Soot, Sauna, and Sweat Excretion Pilot Study” funded by the City of St. Paul & the St. Paul Fire Department.
• Co-investigator, Optimizing the Value of PROMs in Improving Care Delivery through Health Information Technology, Funder: AHRQ 
• Co-Principal investigator, Automation and Expansion of Occupational Health Surveillance Systems, funded by the Regions Hospital Red Fund

Related websites

  • Research Investigator, Center for Chronic Care Innovation
  • Sr. Investigator, Vaccines
  • Research Investigator, Worksite and occupational health
  • Publications
    selected publications
    Journal Article
  • Comparing pharmacist-led telehealth care and clinic-based care for uncontrolled high blood pressure: the Hyperlink 3 pragmatic cluster-randomized trial
    Hypertension (Dallas, Tex.. 2022
  • Comparison of explanatory and pragmatic design choices in a cluster-randomized hypertension trial: effects on enrollment, participant characteristics, and adherence
    Trials. 2022
  • Introducing mass communications strategies to medical students: a novel short session for fourth-year students
    Academic Medicine. 2022
  • Law enforcement violence in the black community: a catalyst for clinician engagement in social justice
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2022
  • Using advanced racial and ethnic identity demographics to improve surveillance of work-related conditions in an occupational clinic setting
    American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2022
  • A mini-epidemic of suspected contact dermatitis to Delta Airlines uniforms
    Dermatitis. 2021
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness of firefighters: initial results of a multi-phased study
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2021
  • Shots in shops: dispelling COVID-19 misinformation in underrepresented communities
    ACOEM (American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) Quarterly. 2021
  • COVID-19 trials protect human rights
    Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. 2020
  • Design of a pragmatic cluster-randomized trial comparing telehealth care and best practice clinic-based care for uncontrolled high blood pressure
    Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2020
  • Institutional racism in medicine: from institutional to personal
    Minn Physician. 2020
  • Occupational medicine clinical practice data reveal increased injury rates among Hispanic workers
    American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2019
  • An uncommon mechanism for work-related total achilles tendon rupture
  • An uncommon mechanism of work-related partial-thickness triceps tear
  • Case report: initially missed diagnosis of quadriceps partial tendon rupture
  • Occupational medicine considerations in the management of low back pain injuries
    MetroDoctors. 2017
  • Remarkable case of uncorrected type IC tricuspid atresia with adaptive pulmonary trunk dilatation to allow prolonged survival: case report and CT fly-through
  • The merits of MIIC: Minnesota's immunization information system excels at population health surveillance
    Minnesota Medicine. 2017
  • Use of clinical decision support to increase premedication regimen homogeneity
    Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2017
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis critical care pathway implementation: incorporation into EMR significantly decreases length of stay
    Endocrine Practice. 2016
  • Measurement tools for integrated worker health protection and promotion: lessons learned from the SafeWell Project
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016
  • Utility and significance of gadolinium-based contrast enhancement in posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome
    AJNR: American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2016
  • Electronic medical record-based performance improvement project to document and reduce excessive cardiac troponin testing
    Clinical Chemistry. 2015
  • Improving red blood cell orders, utilization, and management with point-of-care clinical decision support
    Transfusion. 2015
  • Editorial Article
  • Get a doctor to avoid going to the doctor
    MinnesotaSpokesmanRecorder.  2022
  • Bearing bad news: walking with patients [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  104. 2021
  • Black MN doctors on COVID-19 vaccine: 'the benefits outweigh the risks'
    MinnesotaSpokesmanRecorder.  2021
  • Combating fear of the unknown in healthcare worker COVID vaccination [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  104. 2021
  • Invest in tobacco prevention to improve health, ease health disparities [editorial]
    MinnPost.  2021
  • Shifting the culture of working while ill [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  104. 2021
  • Sickle cell trait: an unsound cause of death [editorial]
    Lancet (London, England).  398. 2021
  • To protect Black lives, ban menthol tobacco products [editorial]
  • Toward the quadruple aim: caring for oneself [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  104. 2021
  • Which COVID-19 vaccine to choose [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  104. 2021
  • Community partnership in clinical research [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  103. 2020
  • Engaging the community, one physician at a time [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  103. 2020
  • Pursuing justice for our black patients and communities [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  103. 2020
  • The anxiety of underrepresentation [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  103. 2020
  • The challenges of team-based care [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  103. 2020
  • The importance of patient trust [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  103. 2020
  • Maintaining a culture of humanism in medicine [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  102. 2019
  • Mind the gap: where quality measures fall down [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  102. 2019
  • Overcoming identity differences to meet the needs of the medically underserved [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  102. 2019
  • Patients simply want to be heard [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  102. 2019
  • Proceeding carefully with medical cannabis [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  102. 2019
  • The problem(s) with board exams [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  102. 2019
  • Looking to the future [editorial]
    Minnesota Medicine.  101. 2018
  • Cardiac troponin testing is overused after the rule-in or rule-out of myocardial infarction [editorial]
    Clinical Chemistry.  61. 2015
  • Teaching
    teaching overview
  • Specialty: Occupational Medicine

    Title: Assistant Director, Occupational Medicine Residency Program

    Faculty Appointment: Core faculty, Occupational Medicine Residency Program

    Education and Training:

    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

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