Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.

Professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health; Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition

Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. Dr. Epstein is an internationally recognized authority on avoidable causes of cancer, particularly unknowing exposures to industrial carcinogens in air, water, the workplace, and consumer products–food, cosmetics and toiletries, and household products including pesticides–besides carcinogenic prescription drugs.

Dr. Epstein’s past public policy activities include:

  • Consultant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Works
  • Author of Congressional legislation
  • Membership of key federal committees including EPA’s Health Effects Advisory Committee, and the Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Occupational Carcinogens
  • Key expert on banning of hazardous products and pesticides including DDT, Aldrin and Chlordane.

He has published some 270 peer reviewed articles, and authored or co-authored 20 books including: the prize-winning 1978 The Politics of Cancer; the 1995 Safe Shopper’s Bible; the 1998 Breast Cancer Prevention Program; the 2001 GOT (Genetically Engineered) MILK!; and most recently, the 2009 Toxic Beauty (with Randall Fitzgerald).