Meet The SOMA Team

SOMA has assembled an outstanding staff of skilled professionals with certifications and advanced degrees in their respective fields, including:

  • Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Toxicology
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Environmental Science
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety
  • Chemical Engineers

In addition to board certifications and university affiliations, staff members are experienced in testimony before government and legislative bodies, as well as regulatory development.

Our interdisciplinary team approach brings a unique perspective to each project combining real world, academic and regulatory experience into one unified package.  Fortune 500 companies in transportation, manufacturing, mining, construction materials, petrochemical, and cosmetics top our client list.  In addition, leading global health care and insurance providers also turn to us to support and manage their Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene & Toxicology programs and needs.  We also work with many academic institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

Howard M. Sandler, M.D. - President and Founder

Dr. Sandler has a long and distinguished career in regulation, health care delivery systems, research and problem solving in occupational and environmental health. Dr. Sandler founded Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc. (SOMA) as a response to business’, labor’s and government’s need for quality, service-oriented approaches to address the many scientific, programmatic and regulatory issues across a broad range of problems in occupational and environmental health. Dr. Sandler has served as a Medical Officer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He has also consulted extensively with the EPA, OSHA, NIOSH and the Consumer Products Safety Commission, as well as state and local governmental agencies.

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Richard S. Blume, M.D., MPH, FACPM - Occupational Health Physician


Dr. Richard S. Blume is a residency-trained, board-certified specialist in occupational and environmental medicine. He holds degrees in medicine, public health and engineering. He has practiced at Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates (SOMA) in this specialty and has held a variety of titles since 1991. He is licensed to practice medicine in New York State, and operates from SOMA’s New York area office. He is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Blume received his postgraduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and served as a military medical officer prior to obtaining his residency in occupational medicine. He has experience in a broad range of areas pertaining to occupational and environmental health including: clinical occupational medicine, toxicology, regulatory compliance, medical standards development, workplace infectious disease protocol development/management, epidemiology, risk assessment, medical record review and analysis, and medical case management.

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Priya Nagarajan, MEng, CIH - Director of Industrial Hygiene


Ms. Priya Nagarajan joined Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates (SOMA) in January 2003 as an Industrial Hygienist and was appointed Director, Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology Division in June 2006 to manage the industrial hygiene projects and programs for SOMA. Ms. Nagarajan is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 14 years of experience in recognizing, evaluating and controlling employees’ exposures to health hazards at their workplace. She has worked on multiple projects including exposure assessments, indoor air quality projects, exposure modeling projects, developing Safety Data Sheets, hazards management, chemical safety training, quantitative risk assessments and research for various clients including, but not limited to, regulatory agencies, legal firms, commercial and residential facilities, health care facilities, power plants, small and large-scale industries and, mines and quarries.


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