David M. Ozonoff, MD

Emeritus Professor, Environmental Health

David Ozonoff
715 Albany St Talbot Building


David Ozonoff is the Chair Emeritus of Environmental Health and Professor Emeritus at Boston University School of Public Health. 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. He retired as a regular faculty member in June 2020 and appointed Professor Emeritus.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 6/28/2024

    London L, Watterson A, Mergler D, Albin M, Andrade-Rivas F, Ciaula AD, Comba P, Giannasi F, Habib RR, Hay A, Hoppin J, Infante P, Jeebhay M, Kelsey K, Kim R, Lemen R, Lipscomb H, Lynge E, Magnani C, Monforton C, Nemery B, Ngowi V, Nowak D, Nuwayhid I, Oliver C, Ozonoff D, Paek D, Petrosyan V, Portier CJ, Ritz B, Rosenstock L, Ruff K, Sly P, Soffritti M, Soskolne CL, Suk W, Terracini B, Vainio HU, Vineis P, White R. A call from 40 public health scientists for an end to the continuing humanitarian and environmental catastrophe in Gaza. Environ Health. 2024 Jun 28; 23(1):59. PMID: 38943149.

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  • Published on 2/26/2024

    Ozonoff D. As the world turns: scientific publishing in the digital era. Environ Health. 2024 Feb 26; 23(1):24. PMID: 38409022.

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  • Published on 8/19/2021

    Etzel RA, Grandjean P, Ozonoff DM. Environmental epidemiology in a crossfire. Environ Health. 2021 08 19; 20(1):91. PMID: 34412648.

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  • Published on 4/9/2020

    Aschengrau A, Weinberg JM, Janulewicz PA, Romano ME, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Martin BR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, White RF, Ozonoff DM. Correction to: Occurrence of mental illness following prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2020 Apr 09; 19(1):40. PMID: 32272944.

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  • Published on 2/13/2020

    Aschengrau A, Winter MR, Gallagher LG, Vieira VM, Butler LJ, Fabian MP, Carwile JL, Wesselink AK, Mahalingaiah S, Janulewicz PA, Weinberg JM, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Reproductive and developmental health effects of prenatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2020 Mar 01; 22(3):555-566. PMID: 32051987.

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  • Published on 1/7/2020

    Ozonoff DM, Grandjean P. What is useful research? The good, the bad, and the stable. Environ Health. 2020 01 07; 19(1):2. PMID: 31910848.

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  • 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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