David M. Ozonoff, MD

Professor, Environmental Health

David Ozonoff
715 Albany St Talbot Building


In 1977 David Ozonoff moved to Boston University as the first chair of the Department of Environmental Health in the new School of Public Health, a position he held until 2003. His research centers on community health effects of toxic exposures, especially from hazardous waste sites; mathematical foundations of epidemiology; and the use of scientific evidence in court. Dr. Ozonoff has been principal or co-investigator of several major studies of waste sites and is Director of the Superfund Basic Research Program—a multidisciplinary effort, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to understand basic scientific problems connected with the federal Superfund Program. He has worked with The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Rutgers University on a Special Focus effort to bring together mathematicians and epidemiologists. Dr. Ozonoff is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the online journal, Environmental Health (www.ehjournal.net) and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He is an elected Fellow of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. In 2002 he received the Scientist for the Public Good award from the Massachusetts Clean Water Action Alliance.

Other Positions

  • Chair Emeritus, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Cornell University, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University, MPH
  • University of Wisconsin Madison, BS


  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Ozonoff David, Pogel Alex. The Mathematics of Descriptions in Descriptive Epidemiology. bioRxiv. 2018; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2.

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  • Published on 10/1/2016

    Aschengrau A, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Janulewicz PA, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. No Association Between Unintentional Head Injuries and Early-Life Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-Contaminated Drinking Water. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Oct; 58(10):1040-1045. PMID: 27513173.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Aschengrau A, Janulewicz PA, White RF, Vieira VM, Gallagher LG, Getz KD, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Long-term Neurotoxic Effects of Early-life Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene-contaminated Drinking Water. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Jan-Feb; 82(1):169-79. PMID: 27325074.

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  • Published on 5/15/2015

    Landrigan PJ, Wright RO, Cordero JF, Eaton DL, Goldstein BD, Hennig B, Maier RM, Ozonoff DM, Smith MT, Tukey RH. The NIEHS Superfund Research Program: 25 Years of Translational Research for Public Health. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Oct; 123(10):909-18. PMID: 25978799.

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  • Published on 4/12/2015

    Aschengrau A, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, Janulewicz PA, Gallagher LG, Weinberg J, Ozonoff DM. Long-term health effects of early life exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2015; 14:36. PMID: 25889838.

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  • Published on 6/19/2014

    Ozonoff D. Choosing health. J Public Health Policy. 2014 Aug; 35(3):407-10. PMID: 24943660.

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  • Published on 8/27/2013

    Grandjean P, Ozonoff D. Transparency and translation of science in a modern world. Environ Health. 2013; 12(1):70. PMID: 23981514.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Ozonoff, David. Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation. Too Much to Swallow: PCE contamination of mains water. European Energy Agency. Copenhagen, DK. 2013; (1/2013):76- 91.

  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Aguilar Madrid G, Beaudry M, Bell W, Bowes D, Brophy J, Burdorf A, Carlsten C, Castleman B, Chaturvedi S, Conti ME, Corra L, Corrêa Filho HR, Cranor CF, Cullen E, Dalvie A, Dickson RC, Digon A, Egilman D, Eisner Falvo C, Fischer E, Frank AL, Frank E, Gee D, Giannasi F, Goldstein BD, Greenberg M, Guidotti TL, Harris WA, Hindry M, Houlson A, Hu H, Huff J, Infante PF, Thambyappa J, Juarez Perez CA, Jeebhay MF, Joshi TK, Keith M, Keyserlingk JR, Khatter K, King D, Kodeih N, Kristensen J, Kulsomboon V, Landrigan PJ, Lee CW, Leigh J, Lemen RA, Lippman A, London L, Matzopoulos R, McCulloch J, McDiarmid MA, Mehrdad R, Mirabelli D, Moshammer H, Notebaert É, Nycz Z, Oberta AF, O'Connor J, O'Neill R, Orris P, Ozonoff D, Paek D, Rickard C, Rodriguez EJ, Sass J, Sentes KE, Simpson IM, Soffritti M, Soskolne CL, Sparling SP, Spiegel J, Takahashi K, Takaro TK, Terracini B, Thébaud-Mony A, Trosic I, Turcotte F, Vakil C, Van Der Walt A, Waterman YR, Watterson A, Wegman DH, Welch LS, Weiss SH, Winston R, Yassi A. Statement in response to asbestos industry efforts to prevent a ban on asbestos in Pakistan: chrysotile asbestos use is not safe and must be banned. Arch Environ Occup Health. 2013; 68(4):243-9. PMID: 23697697.

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  • Published on 5/2/2012

    Grandjean P, Ozonoff D. Portrait of the journal as a young adult. Environ Health. 2012; 11:30. PMID: 22551162.

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