Dr. Georges Benjamin


John Balbus, MD, MPH serves as a senior advisor to the Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Services on public health issues and as NIEHS liaison to its external constituencies, stakeholders, and advocacy groups. He leads NIEHS efforts on climate change and human health. In this capacity, he serves as HHS principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, for which he also co-chairs the Interagency Cross-Cutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health. He has authored studies and lectures on global climate change and health, transportation-related air pollution, the toxic effects of chemicals, and regulatory approaches to protecting susceptible subpopulations. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s (previously titled Institute of Medicine) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.

Before joining the NIEHS, Dr. Balbus was Chief Health Scientist for the non-governmental organization Environmental Defense Fund. He served on the faculty of The George Washington University, where he was founding Director of the Center for Risk Science and Public Health, founding co-Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, and Acting Chairman of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. He maintains an adjunct faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.