University of California
Allan Smith

Allan H. Smith, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Director, Arsenic Health Effects Research Program
School of Public Health
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
Arsenal Health Effects Research Program
School of Public Health Profile

Current Research Interests
• U.S. and international studies of the health effects of arsenic in drinking water
• Risk assessment for occupational and environmental exposures
• International health studies
Key Publications

Basu A, Mitra S, Chung J, Guha Mazumder DN, Ghose N, Kalman DA, von Ehrenstein OS, Steinmaus C, Liaw J, Smith AH. Creatinine, diet, micronutrients, and arsenic methylation in West Bengal, India. Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Jun 7.

Smith AH, Steinmaus CM. Arsenic in drinking water. Editorial. BMJ. 2011 May 5;342:d2248. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d2248.

Smith AH, Marshall G, Yuan Y, Liaw J, Ferreccio C, Steinmaus C. Evidence from Chile that arsenic in drinking water may increase mortality from pulmonary tuberculosis. Am J Epidemiol 173:414-420, 2011

Steinmaus C, Miller MD, Smith AH.  Perchlorate in drinking water during pregnancy and neonatal thyroid hormone levels in California. J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Dec;52(12):1217-524

Rahman A, Persson LÅ, Nermell B, El Arifeen S, Ekström EC, Smith AH, Vahter M. Arsenic exposure and risk of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, and infant mortality. Epidemiology. 2010 Nov;21(6):797-804

Smith AH, Steinmaus C. Health Effects of Arsenic and Chromium in Drinking Water: Recent Human Findings. Annu. Rev. Public Health 30:9.1-9.16, 2009. NIHMSID: NIHMS 108198

Liaw J, Marshall G, Yuan Y, Ferreccio C, Steinmaus C, Smith AH. Increased Childhood Liver Cancer Mortality and Arsenic in Drinking Water in Northern Chile. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 17(8):1982-87, 2008. NIHMSID: NIHMS 108448

Steinmaus C, Smith AH, Jones RM, Smith MT. Meta-analysis of benzene exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma: biases could mask an important association. Occup Environ Med.  65:371-378, 2008.

Yuan Y, Marshall G, Ferreccio C, Steinmaus C, Selvin S, Liaw J, Bates MN, Smith AH. Acute myocardial infarction mortality in comparison with lung and bladder cancer mortality in arsenic-exposed Region II of Chile from 1950 to 2000. Am J Epidemiol. 166:1381-1391, 2007.

Marshall G, Ferreccio C, Yuan Y, Bates MN, Steinmaus C, Selvin S, Liaw J, Smith AH. Fifty-year study of lung and bladder cancer mortality in Chile related to arsenic in drinking water.  J Natl Cancer Inst.  99:920-928, 2007.

Smith MT, Jones RM, Smith AH. Benzene exposure and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 16:385-91, 2007.

Steinmaus C, Moore LE, Shipp M, Kalman D, Rey OA, Biggs ML, Hopenhayn C, Bates MN, Zheng S, Wiencke JK, Smith AH. Genetic polymorphisms in MTHFR 677 and 1298, GSTM1 and T1, and metabolism of arsenic.  J Toxicol Environ Health. 70:159-70, 2007.

von Ehrenstein OS, Poddar S, Yuan Y, Guha Mazumder DN, Eskenazi B, Basu A, Hira-Smith M, Ghosh N, Lahiri S, Haque R, Ghosh A, Kalman D, Das S, Smith AH. Children's intellectual function in relation to arsenic exposure. Epidemiology 18:44-51, 2007.

Hira-Smith MM, Yuan Y, Savarimuthu X, Liaw J, Hira A, Green C, Hore T, Chakraborty P, von Ehrenstein OS, Smith AH. Arsenic concentrations and bacterial contamination in a pilot shallow dugwell program in West Bengal, India.  J Environ Sci Health. 42: 89-95, 2007.

Epidemiological Methods (UCB)
Advanced Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (UCB)

University and Public Service
Director, Arsenic Health Effects Research Program, with studies in five countries
Director, UC Berkeley Fogarty International Research and Training Program in Environmental and Occupational Health, operating in India
Science Advisor to Project Well. The project involves providing arsenic-safe drinking water to villages located in the arsenic-prone region of West Bengal, India.