Eric J. Cassell

Emeritus Professor of Public Health

Cornell University

Dr. Cassell retired from the active practice of internal medicine in 1998 after thirty-seven years. He received my BA from Queens College in 1950, an MA from Columbia University also in 1950 and his M.D. from New York University College of Medicine in 1954. He did his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine on the 3rd Medical Division of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He was a U.S. Public Health Service Fellow in infectious disease in the Department of Public Health of Cornell University Medical College serving under Dr. Walsh McDermott and Dr. Rene Dubos. He was a captain in the Medical Corp of the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 in France.

He remained in the Department of Public Health at Cornell where, in 1961, he started doing research and writing extensively on the health effects of air pollution which continued for several years. He has been on the faculty of New York University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He was a member from 1997 to 2001 of the President’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission.