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Jonathan M. Samet, MD

  • Professor - Adjunct

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Wolfe St Building W6041
Baltimore, Maryland

410-955-3286

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Education

MD, University of Rochester
MS, Harvard University

Overview

Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S., is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Samet received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard College, an M.D. degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a Master of Science degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is trained as a clinician in the specialty of internal medicine and in the subspecialty of pulmonary diseases. From 1978 through 1994, he was a member of the Department of Medicine at the University of New Mexico. At the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, he is Co-Director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, a WHO Collaborating Center, and Co-Director of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute. His research has addressed the effects of inhaled pollutants in the general environment and in the workplace. He has written widely on the health effects of active and passive smoking and served as Consulting Editor and Senior Scientific Editor for Reports of the Surgeon General on Smoking and Health and the National Cancer Institute’s Monographs on Tobacco Control. Most recently, he was Senior Scientific Editor of the 2004 and 2006 Reports of the Surgeon General, as well as chairing the Working Group for Monograph 83, Tobacco Smoking and Involuntary Smoking, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. He testified against the tobacco industry in litigation brought by the State of Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has edited books on the epidemiology of lung cancer and on indoor and outdoor air pollution. He has served on the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was Chairman of the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee VI and the Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter of the National Research Council and serves on the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) of the Environmental Protection Agency. He presently chairs the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council. For the Institute of Medicine, he was Chair of the Committee on Asbestos: Selected Health Effects, and Chair of the Committee on Evaluation of the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997. He received the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 1990 and 2006 for his work on the Surgeon General’s Reports and the Prince Mahidol Award, from the King of Thailand, in 2005 for his work on air pollution.