Since 1999, Dr. Goldsmith has been an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington DC. He has teaching and research experience in the areas of occupational and environmental health, cancer epidemiology, risk assessment, and application of industrial epidemiology to medical-legal disputes. His specialty within occupational and environmental epidemiology is, and has been for 25 years, silica and asbestos dust exposure, silica-related diseases, including cancer and other chronic health effects. In collaboration with Tee Guidotti MD, MPH, he published the first peer-reviewed paper on silica, silicosis, and cancer in 1982.
Dr. Goldsmith has 25 papers published in the medical peer-reviewed literature on silica and health research issues. In addition, he has contributed 7 chapters in published books on quartz, and edited or co-edited 5 books or special journal issues on silica-related diseases.
He has organized three international symposia on silica, silicosis, cancer, risk assessment, and other quartz-linked diseases over the past 20 years. The first was in Chapel Hill, NC in 1984; the second was in San Francisco, CA in 1993; and most recent was held in Santa Margherita, Italy in 2002.
In 1997, Dr. Goldsmith was a member of the National Science Foundation-sponsored U.S.-Japan Joint Seminar on Pesticides and the Future: Minimizing Chronic Exposure of Humans and the Environment. 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 the 1990s, Dr. Goldsmith worked for both the Western Consortium for Public Health and the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, California. His primary focus was on cancer prevention, pesticides and risk assessment for airborne silica dust. He was the Principal Investigator for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, “Agricultural Cancer Prevention Project,” focusing on health education and breast and cervical cancer prevention for farm workers, the Hmong, and farmers in California’s Central Valley.
Through an intergovernmental personnel exchange from 1987 to 1991 he served as Special Assistant for Risk Assessment in the Office of Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 in San Francisco, California. In 1985, he was jointly appointed as Acting Associate Director of the UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program and as a faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis.
In 1983, after completing his PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dr. Goldsmith joined the faculty in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.