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James  Smith

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Environmental Health

Dr. James Smith currently works as the Senior Consultant and Principal at Smith and Braselton, LLC.

2002-2006: Assoc. Division Director for Radiation, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC, Atlanta, GA 

1990-2001: Chief, Radiation Studies Branch, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC, Atlanta, GA 

1983-1989: Chief, Physical Agents Effects Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC, Cincinnati, OH 

1974-1982: Assoc. Research Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

1971-1974: Senior Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1969-1971: Research Physicist, Radiation Effects Group, RCA Space Center, Princeton, NJ 


Ph.D., West Virginia University, 1969, Experimental Physics
M.S., West Virginia University, 1966, Theoretical Physics
B.S., West Virginia University, 1964, Physic

Contact Information

, GA

Phone: 678-200-9041


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Areas of Interest

  • Exposure Assessment
  • Global Health
  • Imaging
  • Modeling
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Risk Assessment


  • BS (physics) 1964, W. Virgnia University
  • MS (theoretical physics) 1966, W. Virgnia University
  • PhD (experimental physics) 1969, W. Virginia University

Affiliations & Activities

Governor's Appointee to Georgia Board of Public Health (2010-11)

Scientific Committee, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (2005-2006)

G-7 Global Health Security Action Group, Nuclear and Radiological Technical Committee (2003-2006)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Working Group on Medical Management of Radiation Casualties( 2003-2005)Consultant, International Atomic Energy Agency (2003-2004)

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Working Group on Radiological/Nuclear Threat Countermeasures (2003-2004)

Editorial Board, International Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (2000-2005)

Editorial Board, Health Physics Journal (1986-1994)

Member, J. Kenyon Mason Institute, University of Edinburgh Law School, Edinburgh, Scotland. (2015-present) 


U.S. Public Health Service Superior Service Award for establishing CDC as major international focus for radiation epidemiology (1994)

Appointed CDC Distinguished Scientist/Consultant (2001-2006)

CDC Honor Award for Nuclear/Radiological Response (2004)

Nominee, CDC Charles C. Shepard Science Award for best scientific research paper of 2005


  • , , A public health perspective on the U.S. response to the Fukushima radiological emergency, Health Physics, 108(3), 357-363, ,
  • , , Potassium Iodide Prophylaxis: What Have We Learned?, Thyroid, 22, 344-46
  • , , Prenatal Radiation Exposure: Background Material for Counseling Pregnant Patients Exposed to Radiation, Disaster Med. and Public Hlth. Prep., 5(1), 62-68
  • , , Hospital management of mass radiological casualties: contaminated victims from an exploded radiological dispersal device, 2005 , Health Physics Journal, 89(5), 513-520
  • , , Electrosurgery in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery: principles, advances and complications, Laryngoscope, 111(5), 769-780
  • , , Radiofrequency Electrosurgery. , Journal of Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 11, No. 1, 1-7., ,
  • , , Estimating Sample Size for Epidemiologic Studies: The Impact of Ignoring Exposure Measurement Uncertainty. , Statistics in Medicine, 17, 1375-1389. , ,
  • , , Why Should We Do Environmental Dose Reconstructions? , Health Physics, 71(4), 420-424., ,
  • , , A Review of non-ionizing radiation research , Health Phys. 53, No. 6, 567., ,
  • , , Prophylaxis against radiation exposure from radioiodine, In Wartofsky, L and Van Nostrand, D (Eds) Thyroid Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management, Humana Pess, Totowa, NJ, In Press,
  • , , Contrast enhancement of fission fragment tracks for automatic counting by image analyzing microscopes. , Nuclear Instrument Methods in Physics Res. vol. 200, 585-588., ,