ARB Board Member Biographies
John R. Balmes, M.D.
This page last reviewed August 15, 2016
Appointed December 2007 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Dr. Balmes is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he is the Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), and Director of the Human Exposure Laboratory of the Lung Biology Center. He is also Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley where he is the Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Center for Environmental Public Health Tracking.
Dr. Balmes leads a research program
involving the respiratory effects of ambient air pollutants. In his
laboratory at UCSF, he conducts controlled human exposure studies of
the acute effects of ozone and other pollutants. At UC Berkeley, he
collaborates in epidemiological studies of the chronic effects of air
is author of over 200 papers or chapters on occupational and
disease-related topics with many of these dealing with the potential
effects of ambient air pollutants. Dr. Balmes’ expertise in the health
effects of ambient air pollutants has been recognized by multiple
awards including the following: an Environmental/Occupational Medicine
Academic Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health
Science (1991-1996); the Clean Air Research Award from the American
Association of San Francisco and San Mateo in 1997; the Clean Air Award
American Lung Association of California in 1999, the Robert A. Kehoe
Award of Merit
from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in
and the Carl Moyer Clean Air Research Award from the California Clean
Coalition in 2006. Dr. Balmes served as a member of the ARB Research
Screening Committee from 1998-2007 and was a member of the Air Quality
Advisory Committee of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard
Assessment of Cal/EPA from 1992-2004. From 2004-2007, he served as a
member of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ozone
Review Panel Science Advisory Board,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, he is a member of the
Nitrogen Oxides and
Sulfur Oxides Review Panel of CASAC.
Dr. Balmes received his BA from the University of Illinois (Urbana) in 1972. He received his MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York in 1976. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital at New York City in 1979 and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine with additional training in occupational medicine in 1982. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine and actively practices pulmonary and critical care medicine at SFGH. He was Chair of the Environmental and Occupational Health Scientific Assembly of the American Thoracic Society in 1997-1999 and President of the California Thoracic Society in 2001-2002.