David Goldsmith - The George Washington University



David Goldsmith
The George Washington University
2100 M Street NW, Suite 203
Washington, DC 20052

(202) 994-1734

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David Goldsmith
The George Washington University

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(202) 994-1734


In the medical-legal field Dr. Goldsmith has 13+ years of consulting and expert witness work on federal and state cases. Dr. Goldsmith has testified at many depositions, Proposition 65 hearings (in California only), Daubert hearings, and has made numerous trial appearances for both plaintiff and defense law firms.

David Goldsmith received both his Masters and Doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1977 and 1983, respectively. He joined the faculty at UC San Diego School of Medicine in 1983 in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. In 1985 he moved to UC Davis and held a joint appointment as Acting Associate Director of the UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program and as a faculty member in Department of Internal Medicine. He served as the Associate Director of the EPA-funded Cooperative Agreement "Pesticide Farm Safety Center," and a Principal Investigator for the NIOSH-funded UC Agricultural Health and Safety Center at UC Davis. While at UC Davis he served as course director for continuing medical education classes on pesticides and health, cancer risk assessment, and the Annual "Occupational and Environmental Medicine Symposium." Through an intergovernmental personnel exchange from 1987 to 1991 he served (part-time) as Special Assistant for Risk Assessment in the Office of Regional Administrator of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 in San Francisco, California.

His research interests include silica, silicosis and cancer risks, respiratory illnesses and exposure to wood dusts, environmental health risk assessment and risk communication, chronic health effects from pesticide exposures, legal aspects of occupational and environmental health research, and agricultural cancer prevention and rural occupational epidemiology.

In 1991 Dr. Goldsmith was appointed Senior Scientist at the Western Consortium for Public Health (WCPH) in Berkeley, California. He joined the WCPH's sister organization, the Public Health Institute (previously called the California Public Health Foundation) in 1997. His primary work focus is on cancer prevention, pesticides and risk assessment for airborne silica dust. He organized the Second International Symposium on Silica, Silicosis, and Cancer October 28-30, 1993 in San Francisco. He was the Principal Investigator for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, "Agricultural Cancer Prevention Project" focusing on health education and cancer prevention for farmworkers and farmers in California's Central Valley.

In 1992 Dr. Goldsmith joined the faculty at the University of San Francisco Environmental Management Graduate Program as a Lecturer. In 1995 he was a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development team sent to Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a Workshop on Pesticides, the Environment, and Human Health. In 1997 he was a member of National Science Foundation-sponsored U.S.-Japan Joint Seminar on Pesticides and the Future: Minimizing Chronic Exposure of Humans and the Environment.

As of January 1, 1999 Dr. Goldsmith was appointed as Associate Research Professor at The George Washington University, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health in Washington DC. His primary research focus will be on the science and epidemiology for the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) new national silica dust standard, and a new study of pesticide exposure and the risk of ovarian cancer.