Dr. Lombardi is the Co-Director of the Harvard Occupational Injury Prevention Program and Instructor and Course Director for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (EH 282) in the Harvard School of Public Health since 2003. He is also a Principal Research Scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, he applies new and alternative epidemiological approaches (e.g., case-crossover designs) to studies involving risks related to traumatic injuries. Through his investigations in the area of injury epidemiology, he seeks to understand factors leading to injury prevention. Areas of recent study include understanding injury risks associated with fatigue related factors, validation of injury-related exposures, evaluation of transient traumatic injury risks (e.g, acute upper extremity trauma, electrical injury, falls and ocular injuries) and understanding factors related to the use of personal protection equipment. Dr. Lombardi serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for multiple renowned international journals including, the Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health, Injury Epidemiology, Accident Analysis and Prevention and Conference Papers in Epidemiology.
Before changing his career focus to injury epidemiology in 1996, Dr. Lombardi worked for eight years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, where he served as associate director of biostatistics and senior biostatistician at PAREXEL International Corporation and Hybridon, Inc. and senior biostatistician for the Clinical Trials Group of Abt Associates, Inc. His work involved clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new drugs submitted for FDA approval.
Dr. Lombardi obtained his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, while working in the Occupational Epidemiology Unit. His dissertation work was one of the first applications of the case-crossover method in the area of Occupational Epidemiology. He previously earned his M.S. with a concentration in Biostatistics and B.A. in Social and Demographic Research. In 2001, the University appointed him as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. In 2002, he was elected into the Delta Omega National Public Health Honorary Society.
Dr. Lombardi, along with his colleagues, received the 2006 National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their work in falls among health care workers, Dr. Lombardi and his colleagues received the 2009 Best Paper Award from the journal Ergonomics and was also nominated for the prestigous CDC/ATSDR Shepard Science Award. A member of the American Public Health Association, Society for Epidemiologic Research, and Work Time Society, he publishes his research in a variety of journals that include the Journal of Pediatrics, American Journal of Epidemiology, Human Hypertension, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Sleep, Safety Science, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chronobiology International, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Ergonomics, Industrial Health, Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health and Injury Prevention.