Research Associate Professor, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy
Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
2121 West Taylor Street
442 SPHW, MC 922
M.D., Medicine, University of Chicago, 1989
B.S., Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1985
B.A., Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1985
Dr. Dorevitch’s research interests include environmental epidemiology; developing objective measures of health and exposure; waterborne illness; indicators of water quality; developing methods for measuring water exposure; communicating environmental information to the public effectively; asthma and obesity among inner-city residents.
Dr. Dorevitch’s most recent research project involves investigating stormwater at Chicago beaches. Together with local government officials, local beach managers, the United States Geological Survey, and a community-based group that advocates for improving the Great Lakes, Dr. Dorevitch was awarded funding from EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to perform a multi-tier project to investigate storm water as a source of pollution leading to beach notifications in Chicago. This investigation will involve conducting sanitary surveys at beaches, as well as in the catchment areas of storm drains that discharge into Lake Michigan. The sampling will include testing storm water and beach water for fecal indicator bacteria, along with the use of source identification analyses. Results of this investigation will be utilized to identify remediation targets. The project is part of a comprehensive beach initiative that also includes other efforts to reduce known sources of pollution such as gull waste, and a communication program to improve the public’s understanding of beach water quality and factors that can impair it. The team will communicate the findings to Great Lakes beach managers and researchers so that the results of this project can inform the implementation of storm water investigations at other Great Lakes beaches.