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John R. Balmes

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John R. Balmes

Pulmonary Physician and Chief, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Professor, Environmental Health
UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital; UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Expertise: 
occupational and environmental respiratory disease
effects of exposures to air pollution
long-term consequences air pollution in exacerbating asthma
early-life exposure to smoke from indoor cooking fires
environmental hazards and health outcome

Biography

Dr. John R. Balmes is a pulmonary physician, professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and chief of the division of occupational and environmental medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). His research is principally in occupational and environmental respiratory disease. Dr. Balmes studies the effects of exposures to air pollution in his human exposure laboratory at San Francisco General Hospital and the chronic effects of such exposures in epidemiological studies with collaborators at both UCSF and UC Berkeley. His current work includes a study of the long-term consequences air pollution in exacerbating the asthma of a group of Fresno children and a study of the effects of early-life exposure to smoke from indoor cooking fires on respiratory health later in childhood. He is also interested in genetic determinants of responses to air pollutants. For the past two years, Dr. Balmes has been leading a group of UC Berkeley and UCLA investigators, funded by the CDC, to help develop a national program to link environmental hazards with health outcome later in life and to improve the tracking of diseases potentially related to environmental exposures.

University of California, San Francisco Box 0853, Bldg 30-3520
1001 Potrero Ave.
San Francisco  California  94143
United States
Office Phone: 
4152068953 (415) 206-5960
Office Fax: 
(415) 206-8949

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