Dr. John Balbus

Dr. John Balbus

Acting Director, Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Balbus is physician and public health professional with over 25 years of experience working on the health implications of climate change. Joining the federal government in 2009, Dr. Balbus serves as the principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and co-chair of the working group on Climate Change and Human Health for the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Before his current role in this new office, Dr. Balbus served as Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Prior positions include serving as the Chief Health Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2021.

Dr. Balbus received his MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University

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