Professor Jonathan M Samet

Professor Jonathan M Samet M.D.,M.S.

2004 in Public Health

Professor Jonathan M. Samet is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, U.S.A.
Professor Samet is the world’s leading environmental epidemiologist especially on the health effects of air quality. He plays a major role in the interpretation and policy formation in the areas related to the impacts of both indoor and outdoor air pollution, airborne particulate matters, tobacco smoking and occupational health effects on workers. Dr. Samet has carried out policy-relevant research on critical air pollution and, importantly, stepped forward to assure that the findings from his work, and that of others, has benefited the public’s health. He demonstrated the devastating impacts of ambient air pollution and smoking on health. Dr. Samet and colleagues developed the research techniques to monitor time trends and risks of ambient air pollution that have been widely used around the world. He played an especially important role in translating sophisticated scientific data into information readily understood by the media, laypersons, regulators and policymakers. Dr. Samet’s work has sparked a global movement for improving the air quality.
Dr. Samet is a graduate of Harvard University and University of Rochester School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. He is actively involved in several professional associations and served as President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, and President of the American College of Epidemiology. He is a recipient of a number of distinguished awards and honors including the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion.