Joshua Galanter, MD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||Rock Hall 1550 4th St|
San Francisco CA 94143
Dr. Galanter is a bilingual physician who grew up in Latin America and has been studying genetic and environmental factors that influence asthma in Latin American populations. He has identified genetic risk factors in Latino Americans and has shown that certain genes exert different risks in Puerto Ricans and Mexicans. He has also led a collaborative study to identify the genetic architecture of modern Latin Americans so that genetic studies can be carried out more effectively. He has an interest in how genetic factors can increase susceptibility to environmental pollutants, including both outdoor air pollution, and smoke from wood stoves, which are a threat to respiratory health in impoverished regions of Latin America. His current focus is on how epigenetics, changes to genes after birth, often in response to environmental stressors, can predispose children to asthma.
Dr. Galanter is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, was trained in Internal Medicine at UCLA, and completed fellowships in Pulmonary and Critical care and Pharmacology at UCSF before joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2011. In addition to his research interests, Dr. Galanter attends in the pulmonary consult service at the San Francisco VA and in the Intensive Care Unit at Mt. Zion hospital, and teaches statistics, genetics, and epidemiology in the School of Pharmacy and in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He also participates in a yearly medical mission to Olancho Honduras, where he conducts research into the effects of wood smoke on respiratory health and provides care to patients with respiratory diseases who otherwise have virtually no access to specialists.
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