Dr. Balmes’ laboratory, the Human Exposure Laboratory (HEL), has been studying the respiratory and cardiovascular health effects of various air pollutants for the past 25 years. The HEL is currently investigating the respiratory and cardiovascular effects of secondhand tobacco smoke. 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, Director of the Human Exposure Laboratory of the Lung Biology Center, and Attending Physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. 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. In December 2007, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to be the physician member of the California Air Resources Board.
Using a controlled exposure system, we are studying the effects of SHS on the upper and lower airways in healthy subjects and subjects with allergic rhinitis or asthma. We will also be studying the effects of 4 consecutive days of SHS exposure.
BA in Psychology, 1972, University of Illinois, Urbana
MD, 1976, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency in Internal Medicine, 1976-1979, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine, 1979-1981, Yale University