Visiting Professor of the Hebrew University Medical Center of Jerusalem, and Ondokuz Mayis University School of Medicine of Samsun, Turkey (2015 – ongoing), Devra Davis was Founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health (2004-2010) and Founding Director, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council (1983-1993), where she also served as Scholar in Residence.
She has served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Visiting Professor at Mt.Sinai School of Medicine, Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon University.
Davis is Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust, a non-profit research and public education organization that is part of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. She is also the author of more than 200 scientific publications, 10 edited monographs, and three popular books, as well as numerous opeds and blogs for Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Alternet.com, Oxford University Press and other sources.
Dr. Davis holds a B.S. and M.A.from the University of Pittsburgh, both received in 1967. She completed a Ph.D. in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1972 and a M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a SeniorNational Cancer Institute Post Doctoral Fellow, 1982. President Clinton appointed the Honorable Dr. Davis to the newly established Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, (1994-99) an independent executive branch agency that investigates, prevents, and mitigates chemical accidents. As the former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, she has counseled leading officials in the United States, United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World Bank and served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. National Toxicology Program, 1983-86 and various advisory committees to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Davis has been a Fellow of both the American Colleges of Toxicology and of Epidemiology. The Betty Ford Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society gave her the Breast Cancer Awareness Award. She was commended by the Director of the National Cancer Institute for Outstanding Service, appointed a Global Environmental advisor to Newsweek Magazine, and Awarded the Woman of Distinction Award from The Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution honored her as an innovator on the environment and invited her to give a distinguished lecture in 1998. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations Climate Convention tapped her to serve as a Lead Author on their assessment of climate mitigation policies. She received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Conservative Judaism’s Women’s League. She was a member of a team of scientists awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the Honorable Al Gore.
Davis is currently working with senior officials from the governments of India, Israel, Brazil, Australia, Turkey and the United Arab Republic to promote the creation of an independent research and training program in bioelectromagnetics. Her work has been featured on CNN, Forbes.com, CSPAN, CBC, BBC, and public radio, and numerous blogs.