LOS ANGELES — A UCLA occupational and occupational health research researcher who died of natural causes was a UCLA graduate who worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Matt James was a member of the UCLA department of occupational and environmental health and the director of the Center for Occupational Health Research, which he led since 2003.
His work focused on occupational health issues that affected people in the health care system, including health care workers and those in the medical community, according to his bio on the UCLA campus.
He was also a former chair of the department of clinical research and a professor of health economics at UCLA.
He was 61.
The Los Angeles coroner’s office released a statement on Thursday saying that he died Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center.
He had been hospitalized in serious condition since Feb. 15.
The cause of death was listed as “natural causes.”
The cause and manner of death were not immediately released.
James worked at UCLA’s Occupational and Environmental Health Research Laboratory, which focuses on occupational and health care issues.
He also held a position at the University of Southern California.
James studied industrial hygiene and occupational safety at UCLA for more than a decade, according a UCLA news release.
He earned a Ph.
D. in epidemiology from UCLA in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene from UCLA’s College of Medicine in 2008.