Innovations in Wellness: Elevating the Standard of Well-Being

Kenji Saito


Dr. Kenji Saito, MD, JD

Dr. Kenji Saito is the Medical Director of Workplace Health and Regulatory Liaison to MaineGeneral Health, and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine with specialty training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

He was elected by his peers to be the Young Physician Board of Director for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Dr. Saito is also on the Board of Directors for the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is Chair to its Education Committee. Dr. Saito also serves as President of the RRG section and Chairs the Health Informatics section at ACOEM and with his experience in Ophthalmology, he was invited to be on ACOEM’s Practice Guideline Expert Panel for the Eye and sits on the Guideline Priorities Committee where he contributes to MDGuidelines.com. Dr. Saito serves as an Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and is a certified Medical Examiner for the Department of Transportation. During his spare time, Dr. Saito enjoys running MedLawPractice.com.

Growing up as a Sushi Chef in a family owned business provided him the employer’s perspective of running a business. As an employee at a global pharmaceutical company, working on Bioethics and Policy as well as spending time in HR provided him a different vantage point. The amalgamate of these experiences is what led him to help start the internal track residency program as the former Chief Resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He was based at the Philadelphia Veterans’ Affair Medical Center where he interned at OSHA, NIOSH and the EPA. Dr. Saito enjoys continuing his academic activities as an adjunct faculty at Penn, teaching OEM residents, pursuing medico-legal and occupational ophthalmic endeavors and engaging population health and promoting prevention through strategic well-being initiatives. Dr. Saito has published and given talks on Bioethics, Preventive Medicine, Wellness, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Law Medicine and Business of Medicine and other Population Health Management topics.

Dr. Saito graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he founded the Penn Bioethics Society and received the Presidential Student Service Award for leadership and scholarship. He went on to complete a six-year medical and law dual degree program and was the recipient of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Award as well as the Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law.


Health Promotion and Wellbeing, Rethinking Innovation in the 21st Century: Navigating the Industrial and Digital Era

The 20th century industrial revolution applied how we use electricity and transformed the factory assembly line from an outdoor agricultural to an indoor industrial work environment. The focus was mainly on the employee physical capabilities and the birth of wellness program began with health risks assessments and collecting biometric data to focus on musculoskeletal injuries. 

The Y2K bug propelled us into recognizing how dependent we are on our digital needs.  The advent of smart phones further engaged us with gamification of health management.  The evolution of the digital era with artificial intelligence and workplace automation, will require us to look at a paradigm shift to focus on a holistic approach of the mind, body and spirit to fuel our energy for performance and promote a productive, happy and healthy workforce.  Putting wellness at the forefront of occupational and environmental medicine will harmonize the dichotomy of “health” and “wellness.”

Come and learn how to engage proper nutrition in a community hospital’s teaching kitchen, to encourage physical activity challenges with wearable devices, and discuss the privacy of “big data” and the importance of developing an ethical framework for the appropriate use of employee health information as we innovate the design of a strategic well-being initiative for the digital revolution of the 21st century.