William J. Rea, M.D., is a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon with a strong passion for the environmental aspects of health and disease. Founder of the Environmental Health Center (EHC-D), Dr. Rea is currently director of this highly specialized Dallas based medical facility.
In 1988, Dr. Rea was named to the world’s first professorial chair of environmental medicine at the Robens Institute of Toxicology at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. He was also awarded the Jonathan Forman Gold Medal Award in 1987 and the Herbert J. Rinkel Award in 1993, both by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, as well as named Outstanding Alumnus by Otterbein College in 1991. He was also named to the Mountain Valley Water Hall of Fame for work in the field of study of clean water and, in 1995, he received the F.A.M.E. Award for pioneering work in environmental and preventive medicine. In 1997 he was named International Man of the Year and in 2002 Dr. Rea received the O. Surgeon English Humanitarian Award from Temple University.
Author of the medical textbooks, Chemical Sensitivity, Vol. 1-4, co-author of Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, V. 1: Regulating Mechanisms of Chemical Sensitivity, Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, V. II: The Effects of Environmental Pollutants on the Organ Systems, Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, V. III: Clinical Environmental Manifestations of the Neurocardiovascular Systems, a home building book, Optimum Environments for Optimum Health and Creativity, and co-author of Your Home, Your Health and Well-Being, Dr. Rea has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers related to the topic of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and environmental medicine.
Born in Jefferson, Ohio, Dr. Rea graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed a rotating internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He held a general surgery residency from 1963-67 and a cardiovascular surgery fellowship and residency from 1967-69 with The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School system, which includes Parkland Memorial Hospital, Baylor Medical Center, Veterans Hospital and Children’s Medical Center.
From 1984-85, Dr. Rea held the position of adjunct professor of environmental sciences and mathematics at the University of Texas, while from 1972-82, he acted as clinical associate professor of thoracic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has also served as chief of thoracic surgery at Veterans Hospital and as adjunct professor of psychology and guest lecturer at North Texas State University.