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Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S. (Chair)

Term: January 1, 2010 - August 31, 2016

Jonathan M. Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is currently Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair for the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and Director, USC Institute for Global 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.  His research has focused on the health risks of inhaled pollutants—particles and ozone in outdoor air and indoor pollutants including secondhand smoke and radon.  He has also investigated the occurrence and causes of cancer and respiratory diseases, emphasizing the risks of active and passive smoking.  He has served on numerous committees of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, including chairing the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VI) Committee, and the Committee for Research Priorities on Airborne Particulate Matter, and most recently the Committee to Review the IRIS Process.  For several decades, he has been involved in global health, focusing on tobacco control, air pollution, and chronic disease prevention.  He has been chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the U.S. EPA and currently chairs the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.  He was appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board in 2011. Dr. Samet has served as Editor and Author for Reports of the Surgeon General on Smoking and Health since 1984, receiving the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 1990 and 2006 for these contributions. He was the Senior Scientific Editor for the 50th Anniversary 2014 report.  Dr. Samet received the 2004 Prince Mahidol Award for Global Health awarded by the King of Thailand, and the 2006 Public Service Award of the American Thoracic Society, the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health, the WHO World No Tobacco Day Award, the Doll-Wynder Award from SRNT and the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal from the American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association.  He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1997.