Dr. Daniel Fink is a board-certified internist and medical management expert. A graduate of Yale University and the University or Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Fink completed his internal medicine training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and was then a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and received an MBA from the Wharton School. He has been on the faculty of three medical schools, and also worked in medical management for 35 years in medical groups, HMOs, and hospitals. Most recently, Dr. Fink was Medical Director, Case Management, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, where he is currently on the Emeritus Medical Staff. Dr. Fink continues to work part-time as a Medical Director for Versalus Health.
Dr. Fink suffers from tinnitus and hyperacusis which developed after a one-time noise exposure in 2007. In 2015, he learned that the widely cited 85 decibel safe noise exposure level is not a safe noise exposure level for the public, but actually is an occupational noise exposure level that comes with strict time limits and even then doesn’t protect all exposed workers from hearing loss. He presented a paper on this subject at the meeting of the Institute for Noise Control Engineering (INCE) in June 2016, and wrote a number of articles about this and other noise topics for Tinnitus Today and Hearing Health magazines, and for Silencity.com and Quiet Communities, Inc.
Dr. Fink’s ideas about the safe noise level are summarized in an editorial in the January 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, called “What Is a Safe Noise Level for the Public?” He led development of the multi-author “Noise Fact Sheet-1” published in May 2016 by Quiet Communities and is currently working on a second “Noise Fact Sheet” dealing with non-auditory effects of noise. In June 2017, Dr. Fink spoke at the INCE meeting on the adverse health effects of transportation noise, and he presented two papers at the 12th Congress of the International Commission on the Biological Effects of Noise in Zürich. He has been invited to speak on the disability rights aspects of ambient noise at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in New Orleans, in December 2017.
Dr. Fink is Founding Board Chair of The Quiet Coalition and serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association. He also serves on the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation National Task Force on Acoustics for Elders in Residential Care, and the Health Advisory Council of Quiet Communities, Inc.