Leslie Hart

College of Charleston

Address: Dept. of Health and Human Performance, 312 Silcox Center, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.5191
E-mail: hartlb@cofc.edu
Personal Website: http://hhp.cofc.edu/faculty-staff-listing/hart-leslie.php


Ph.D., 2011, Epidemiology, Medical University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • Environmental exposure to man-made chemicals and resultant health effects, with a particular emphasis on endocrine-disrupting chemicals and adverse reproductive impacts
  • Determination of indicators and biomarkers of sublethal health effects resulting from chemical exposure
  • Development of reference intervals for clinical screening of health abnormalities
  • Development of mobile applications to detect and evaluate health outcomes

Current and planned research projects 

  • Investigation of phthalate exposure in wild bottlenose dolphins
  • Investigation of cosmetic and personal care product use among college students
  • Investigation of phthalate exposure in college students


  • Hart, L.B., *Walker, J., Beckingham, B., *Shelley, A., *Alten Flagg, M., *Wischusen, K., and B. Sundstrom.  2019. A characterization of personal care product use among female college students in South Carolina, USA.  Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41370-019-0170-1
  • Wilson, C., Savage, D., Leaman, M., Hart, L., and D. Jehle. (Submitted) EP ultrasonography of ONSD compare to opthamologist funduscopic evaluation for papilledema.
  • Gutovitz, S., Masiewicz, S., Madden Leaman, S., Hart, L., and D. Jehle. (In Review) Presentation times of STEMIs and acute myocardial infarctions to the Emergency Department: Disappearance of the morning predominance.  The Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  • Taylor, J.S., Hart, L., and Adams, J. (In Review) Skin lesion prevalence of estuarine bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in North Carolina, with comparisons to other east coast study sites.  Marine Mammal Science.
  • Hart, L.B., Beckingham, B., Wells, R.S., Alten Flagg, M.*, Wischusen, K.*, Moors, A., Kucklick, J., Pisarski, E., and E. Wirth. 2018. Urinary phthalate metabolites in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota Bay, FL, USA.  GeoHealth. 2. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GH000146 
  • O’Hara, T.M. and L.B. Hart.  2018. Environmental Toxicology.  In: CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, 3rd Edition.  Eds. F.M.D. Gulland and L. Dierauf.
  • Hart, L.B., *Wischusen, K., and R.S. Wells.  2017.  Rapid assessment of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) body condition: There’s an App for That.  Aquatic Mammals. 43(6): 635-643. DOI: 10.1578/AM.43.6.2017.635
  • Vogler, J., Hart, L., Holmes, S., Sciaretta, J., and J.M. Davis.  2018.  Rapid source control laparotomy: is there a mortality benefit in septic shock? Surgical Infections. 19(2): 225-229. https://doi.org/10.1089/sur.2017.191
  • Vogler, J., Bagwell, L., Hart, L., Holmes, S., Sciaretta, J., and J.M. Davis.  2017.  Rapid source control laparotomy: is there a mortality benefit? Surgical Infections. 18(7): 787-792.  https://doi.org/10.1089/sur.2017.071
  • De Guise, S., Levin, M., Gebhard, E., Jasperse, L., Hart, L.B., Smith, C.R., Venn-Watson, S., Townsend, F., Wells, R., Balmer, B., Zolman, E., Rowles, T., and L. Schwacke.  2017.  Changes in immune functions in bottlenose dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Endangered Species Research. 33: 291-303.