Dr. John Balmes

Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Berkeley

Board Member, California Air Resources Board

John Balmes, M.D., is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Previously, Dr. Balmes served as an assistant professor of Medicine for the University of Southern California from 1982 to 1986.

Dr. Balmes’ research is principally in the area of occupational and environmental respiratory disease. His studies include the acute effects of inhalation exposures to ambient air pollutants and the chronic effects of such exposures in epidemiological studies with collaborators at both UCSF and University of California, Berkeley (UCB). He leads a group of UCB and UCLA investigators to assist in the development of a national program to link environmental hazards with health outcome data to improve the tracking of diseases that are potentially related to environmental exposures.