Internal Medicine/Occupational & Environmental Medicine


Belayneh A. Abejie, MD, MPH

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, Employee Health Services,
Community Medical Centers









  Medical School: Addis Ababa University
  Epidemiology Tulane University
  Residency: Louisiana State University
  Fellowship: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Harvard University School of Public Health
  Board Certified: Internal Medicine
Occupational & Environmental Medicine
  Awards and Recognition: Research Presentation Award; American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine Academic Section and the Resident and Recent graduates Section, May 2007 Honored to work as a Chief Resident; Harvard Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program, July 2006-June 2007
  Publications (since 2009):

Abejie et al, Patterns of Pulmonary Dysfunction in Asbestos Workers: a cross- sectional study. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2010, 5:12; PubMed PMID:20525229; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC2890695.

Jain VV, Abejie B, Bashir MH, Tyner T, Vempilly J. Lung volume abnormalities and its correlation to spirometric and demographic variables in adult asthma. J Asthma.2013 Aug;50(6):600-5. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2013.789058. Epub 2013 May 7. PubMed PMID: 23521185.

Vempilly J, Abejie B, Diep V, Gushiken M, Rawat M, Tyner TR. The synergetic effect of ambient PM2.5 exposure and rhinovirus infection in airway dysfunction in asthma: A pilot observational study from the central valley of california. Exp Lung Res.2013 Dec;39(10):434-40. doi: 10.3109/01902148.2013.840693. Epub 2013 Nov 18   PubMed PMID: 24245976.

Trends in Demographics and Aggressiveness of Primary Thyroid Cancer at the Community Medical Centers in California's Central Valley; Alexander Pi, Joshua Lin, Tina Nhan, Kyle Punzalan, Paul Mills, Belayneh Abejie, Paulette Ginier and Soe Naing
Lung volume indices correlate better with the duration of asthma than Spirometry; Kazi Rahman, DO1, Anupama Tiwari, MD2, Belayneh Abejie, MD1Vipul Jain MD2, Jose V. Joseph MD2 , American Chest Conference (accepted)

Amita Kalra, Arang Samim, Amit Kalra, Jacki Deguzman, Belayneh Abejie, Ralph Wessel, Jose Vempilly; Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction Predicts Presence of Pleural Effusion Better Than Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction in Congestive Heart Failure. Chest. 10/2013; 144(4_MeetingAbstracts):518A. DOI:10.1378/chest.1704510

Amita Kalra, Arang Samim, Amit Kalra, Jacki Deguzman, Belayneh Abejie, Ralph Wessel, Jose Vempilly; A CT Based Measurement of Left Atrial Area Predicts an Echocardiographic Assessment of Left Atrial Volume and Left Ventricular Function in Heart Failure. Chest. 10/2013; 144(4_MeetingAbstracts):168A. DOI:10.1378/chest.1704046



Proposals Previously Submitted
2011      Morbidity and Mortality in Licensed Pesticide Control Operators in California
2015      Lung volume indices correlate better with the duration of asthma than Spirometry
2015      A Pilot Study: The effect of T4/T3 therapy on T4 non-respondent hypothyroid patients


Current Research Activities
1. Abnormal RV/TLC and Residual Volume a better diagnostic tool for asthma
2. Lung Volume Indices Correlate Better With the Duration of Asthma than Spirometry
3. Predictors of Pleural Effusion in Congestive Heart Failure
4.  Mortality Risk Factors of Coccidioidomycosis