Debra J. Milek M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Debra J. Milek M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Specialties and Expertise

Environmental & Occupational Medicine




Primary Location

Occupational and Environmental Clinic at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 3rd Floor West Clinic
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 


Dr. Milek is the medical director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at Harborview and the Center of Occupational Health Education (COHE). She is also a medical director of Campus Preventive Health of the University of Washington. Her interest and expertise are in treatment and prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. She is especially interested in musculosketal disorders and ergonomics.

Dr. Milek earned her bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, her M.P.H. from Colombia University School of Public Health, and her Ph.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. She graduated medical school from UMDNJ, (Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences) and completed an internship in general internal medicine followed by residencies in Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.

She joined the division of general internal medicine at Harborview as associate professor in 2012 and is also an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health in the UW School of Public Health. Previously, she had been on faculty at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she was the residency training director for occupational medicine. She is board certified in occupational medicine and has nearly 25 years in practice. She has been awarded both a Patients' Choice Award and received a Compassionate Doctor Recognition.

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe in comprehensive care with the patient very involved in their own recovery. What is very exciting about occupational medicine is that an improvement in the workplace of the worker, can prevent re-injury of the patient and possibly prevent injuries to co-workers, as well.

Personal Interests

Tennis, travel, gardening and food.

Clinical Interests

General occupational medicine injuries and illnesses; neuro musculoskeletal injuries; ergonomics.

Research Interests

World Trade Center related illnesses; occupational health and safety education; cardiovascular disease; ergonomics.


Columbia UniversityMaster1998
University of Massachusetts Medical Center Dept of Medicine Residency ProgramResidencyOccupational Medicine1990
SUNY at Stony Brook SOM Dept of Preventive MedicineResidencyPreventive Medicine1988
Monmouth Medical Center ATTN: Internal Medicine Residency ProgramInternshipInternal Medicine1986
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical SchoolMedical education1985


Board Certifications

American Board of Preventive MedicineOccupational Medicine1993
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