Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health

Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and HealthBiography

Gina Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., was appointed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. in April 2012 to serve as Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Prior to joining CalEPA, Gina was a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council since 1996 and has been on the faculty in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) since 1997, where she still holds the title of clinical professor of health sciences. Gina served as the director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program at UCSF from 2008-2012 and was the associate director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit from 2003-2009. Gina has served on numerous scientific committees for the State of California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program, and the National Academy of Sciences. She is on the editorial board of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and serves regularly as a peer-reviewer for numerous scientific journals. She has authored about 50 peer-reviewed articles, a book published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, numerous reports, and chapters in several medical textbooks. Gina’s prior work has included research on diesel exhaust and asthma, endocrine disrupting chemicals, pesticides, environmental contaminants in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the health implications of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, and the health effects of climate change.

Gina received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Doctorate of Medicine from the Yale University School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine, and is licensed to practice medicine in California.

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