Dennis Shusterman, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus

MD, UC Davis, 1978. Rotating Internship, The Waltham Hospital, 1978-1979. FP Residency, San Jose Hospital, 1979-1981. MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley, 1982. Clinical Fellowship in Environmental Medicine, UCSF, 1994-1996.

Medical Director, Sonoma County Indian Health Project, 1981-1984. Public Health Medical Officer, CA Dept. of Health Services, 1985-1991; Cal/EPA, 1991-1994. Full-time faculty, UCSF/SFGH Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 1994-2004. Professor of Medicine and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, 2004-2007. Chief, Hazard Evaluation Section and Information Service (HESIS), CA Dept. of Public Health, Occupational Health Branch, Richmond, CA, 2007-2014. Staff Physician, Occupational Health Clinic, University of California, Berkeley, 2014-present.

Recent research activities:
Co-PI, FAMRI Clinical Innovator Award: "Second-hand smoke and sinusitis: Effect of sidestream smoke on sinus ostial patency." Collaborated with ORL Depts. at UCSF and UW on use of acoustically stimulated nasal NO as an index of ostiomeatal complex patency. Collaborated with the ORL Dept. at Ohio State University on modeling nasal NO using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models. Collaborated with Indoor Air Quality Section at California Department of Public Health on a pilot study of nasal trigeminal irritation by microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs). Mentored OEM fellow in a systematic literature review of the the relationship between occupational rhinitis and occupational asthma. Continuing work on the toxicology and epidemiology of methylene chloride exposures. Affiliated with Human Exposure Laboratory, ZSFGH, and Director of Upper Airway Biology Laboratory, UC Berkeley / Richmond Field Station.
Honors and Awards
  • Clean Air Award, California Breathing, 2013
  • Gaspar de Portola Academic Exchange, University of Barcelona, 2002
  1. Shusterman DJ, Spector BM, Goldberg AN, Weaver EM, Otto BA, Zhao K. Use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to model observed nasal nitric oxide levels in human subjects. 2021. PMID: 34923761

  2. Grant M, Harrison R, Nuñez A, Kurtz T, Phelps S, Brokaw J, Shusterman D. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Firefighters/Paramedics in San Francisco, CA. 2021. PMID: 34739446

  3. Spector BM, Shusterman DJ, Goldberg AN, Weaver EM, Farag AA, Otto BA, Zhao K. Computational modeling of nasal nitric oxide flux from the paranasal sinuses: Validation against human experiment. 2021. PMID: 34388459

  4. Kleinhans NM, Reilly M, Blake M, Greco G, Sweigert J, Davis GE, Velasquez F, Reitz F, Shusterman D, Dager SR. FMRI correlates of olfactory processing in typically-developing school-aged children. 2018. PMID: 30554128

  5. Chen W, Wang P, Ito K, Fowles J, Shusterman D, Jaques PA, Kumagai K. Measurement of heating coil temperature for e-cigarettes with a "top-coil" clearomizer. 2018. PMID: 29672571

  6. Balogun RA, Siracusa A, Shusterman D. Occupational rhinitis and occupational asthma: Association or progression? 2018. PMID: 29411403

  7. Sondermeyer Cooksey GL, Wilken JA, McNary J, Gilliss D, Shusterman D, Materna BL, Vugia DJ. Dust Exposure and Coccidioidomycosis Prevention Among Solar Power Farm Construction Workers in California. Volume 107 of Issue 8. 2017. PMID: 28640687

  8. Wang P, Chen W, Liao J, Matsuo T, Ito K, Fowles J, Shusterman D, Mendell M, Kumagai K. A Device-Independent Evaluation of Carbonyl Emissions from Heated Electronic Cigarette Solvents. Volume 12 of Issue 1. 2017. PMID: 28076380

  9. Shusterman D, Baroody FM, Craig T, Friedlander S, Nsouli T, Silverman B. Role of the Allergist-Immunologist and Upper Airway Allergy in Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Volume 5 of Issue 3. 2016. PMID: 27923646

  10. Shusterman D. Nonallergic Rhinitis: Environmental Determinants. Volume 36 of Issue 2. 2016. PMID: 27083110

  11. Wilken JA, Sondermeyer G, Shusterman D, McNary J, Vugia DJ, McDowell A, Borenstein P, Gilliss D, Ancock B, Prudhomme J, Gold D, Windham GC, Lee L, Materna BL. Coccidioidomycosis among Workers Constructing Solar Power Farms, California, USA, 2011-2014. Volume 21 of Issue 11. 2015. PMID: 26484688

  12. Shusterman D. Occupational irritant and allergic rhinitis. Volume 14 of Issue 4. 2014. PMID: 24526601

  13. Macisaac J, Harrison R, Krishnaswami J, McNary J, Suchard J, Boysen-Osborn M, Cierpich H, Styles L, Shusterman D. Fatalities due to dichloromethane in paint strippers: a continuing problem. Volume 56 of Issue 8. 2013. PMID: 23450690

  14. Schick SF, van den Vossenberg G, Luo A, Whitlatch A, Jacob P, Balmes J, Shusterman D. Thirty minute-exposure to aged cigarette smoke increases nasal congestion in nonsmokers. Volume 76 of Issue 10. 2013. PMID: 23859154

  15. Zhao YA, Shusterman D. Occupational rhinitis and other work-related upper respiratory tract conditions. Volume 33 of Issue 4. 2012. PMID: 23153606

  16. Shusterman DJ, Weaver EM, Goldberg AN, Schick SF, Wong HH, Balmes JR. Pilot evaluation of the nasal nitric oxide response to humming as an index of osteomeatal patency. Volume 26 of Issue 2. 2012. PMID: 22487289

  17. Roisman R, Materna B, Beckman S, Katz E, Shusterman D, Harrison R. The role of state public health agencies in national efforts to track workplace hazards and the relevance of state experiences to nanomaterial worker surveillance. Volume 53 of Issue 6 Suppl. 2011. PMID: 21654415

  18. Shusterman D. The effects of air pollutants and irritants on the upper airway. Volume 8 of Issue 1. 2011. PMID: 21364227

  19. Materna B, Harriman K, Rosenberg J, Shusterman D, Windham G, Atwell J, Beckman S, Mortensen E, Zipprich J. MMWR 2010. PMID:

  20. Morris JB, Shusterman DJ (eds.). Toxicology of the Nose and Upper Airways. NY: Informa Healthcare 2010. PMID:

  21. Gulati RK, Kwan-Gett T, Hampson NB, Baer A, Shusterman D, Shandro JR, Duchin JS. Carbon monoxide epidemic among immigrant populations: King County, Washington, 2006. Volume 99 of Issue 9. 2009. PMID: 19608962

  22. Shusterman D. Qualitative effects in nasal trigeminal chemoreception. Volume 1170. 2009. PMID: 19686137

  23. Shusterman DJ, Jansen K, Weaver EM, Koenig JQ. Documentation of the nasal nitric oxide response to humming: methods evaluation. 2007. PMID: 17696966

  24. Shusterman D. Environmental nonallergic rhinitis. Volume 19. 2007. PMID: 17153018

  25. Shusterman D, Matovinovic E, Salmon A. Does Haber's law apply to human sensory irritation? Volume 18 of Issue 7. 2006. PMID: 16603477

  26. Shusterman D, Tarun A, Murphy MA, Morris J. Seasonal allergic rhinitic and normal subjects respond differentially to nasal provocation with acetic acid vapor. Volume 17 of Issue 3. 2005. PMID: 15788375

  27. Shusterman D, Balmes J, Murphy MA, Tai CF, Baraniuk J. Chlorine inhalation produces nasal airflow limitation in allergic rhinitic subjects without evidence of neuropeptide release. Volume 38 of Issue 6. 2004. PMID: 15567471

  28. Morris JB, Wilkie WS, Shusterman DJ. Acute respiratory responses of the mouse to chlorine. 2004. PMID: 15548641

  29. Rigau J, Farré R, Trepat X, Shusterman D, Navajas D. Oscillometric assessment of airway obstruction in a mechanical model of vocal cord dysfunction. Volume 37 of Issue 1. 2004. PMID: 14672566

  30. Schiffman SS, Walker JM, Dalton P, Lorig TS, Raymer JH, Shusterman D, Williams CM. Potential health effects of odor from animal operations, wastewater treatment, and recycling of byproducts. Volume 9 of Issue 2. 2004. PMID: 19785232

  31. Shusterman D, Murphy MA, Balmes J. Influence of age, gender, and allergy status on nasal reactivity to inhaled chlorine. Volume 15 of Issue 12. 2003. PMID: 14515221

  32. Tarun AS, Bryant B, Zhai W, Solomon C, Shusterman D. Gene expression for carbonic anhydrase isoenzymes in human nasal mucosa. Volume 28 of Issue 7. 2003. PMID: 14578124

  33. Shusterman D, Murphy MA, Balmes J. Differences in nasal irritant sensitivity by age, gender, and allergic rhinitis status. Volume 76 of Issue 8. 2003. PMID: 12920525

  34. Shusterman D. Toxicology of nasal irritants. Volume 3 of Issue 3. 2003. PMID: 12662476

  35. Shusterman D, Balmes J, Avila PC, Murphy MA, Matovinovic E. Chlorine inhalation produces nasal congestion in allergic rhinitics without mast cell degranulation. 2003. PMID: 12762352

  36. Shusterman D, Murphy MA, Walsh P, Balmes JR. Cholinergic blockade does not alter the nasal congestive response to irritant provocation. Volume 40 of Issue 3. 2002. PMID: 12357714

  37. Shusterman D. Review of the upper airway, including olfaction, as mediator of symptoms. Volume 110 Suppl 4. 2002. PMID: 12194901

  38. Shusterman D. Individual factors in nasal chemesthesis. Volume 27 of Issue 6. 2002. PMID: 12142331

  39. Shusterman D, Solomon C, Balmes J, Blanc P. Chlorine exposure and the upper respiratory tract. 2002. PMID: 11866020

  40. Shusterman D, Key L. Critique of the multicenter latex skin testing efficacy study. 1999. PMID: 10329840

  41. Prudhomme JC, Bhatia R, Nutik JM, Shusterman DJ. Chest wall pain and possible rhabdomyolysis after chloropicrin exposure. A case series. 1999. PMID: 9924716

  42. Prudhomme JC, Shusterman DJ, Blanc PD. Acute-onset persistent olfactory deficit resulting from multiple overexposures to ammonia vapor at work. Volume 11 of Issue 1. 1998. PMID: 9456450

  43. Shusterman DJ, Balmes JR. A comparison of two methods for determining nasal irritant sensitivity. 1997. PMID: 9768319

  44. Shusterman D. Latex allergy. Volume 165 of Issue 3. 1996. PMID: 8909169

  45. Harber P, Shusterman D. Medical causation analysis heuristics. 1996. PMID: 8794956

  46. Kreutzer RA, Hewitt DJ, Sun R, Draper W, Mangiamele D, Goldman L, Jackson R, Smith D, Shusterman D. A community-based epidemiologic study of acute health effects from a metam-sodium spill on California's Sacramento River. 1996. PMID: 8794539

  47. Shusterman D, Alexeeff G, Hargis C, Kaplan J, Sato R, Gelb A, Becker C, Benowitz N, Gillen M, Thollaug S, Balmes J. Predictors of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide exposure in smoke inhalation patients. 1996. PMID: 8632515

  48. Shusterman D, Balmes J, Cone J. Irritant-induced asthma. 1995. PMID: 7670910

  49. Shusterman D, Hargis C. Surrogate laboratory measures of cyanide intoxication. 1994. PMID: 7993438

  50. Cone JE, Wugofski L, Balmes JR, Das R, Bowler R, Alexeeff G, Shusterman D. Persistent respiratory health effects after a metam sodium pesticide spill. 1994. PMID: 7774327

  51. Alexeeff GV, Shusterman DJ, Howd RA, Jackson RJ. Dose-response assessment of airborne methyl isothiocyanate (MITC) following a metam sodium spill. 1994. PMID: 8008928

  52. Lipsett M, Waller K, Shusterman D, Thollaug S, Brunner W. The respiratory health impact of a large urban fire. 1994. PMID: 8129061

  53. Shusterman DJ. Clinical smoke inhalation injury: systemic effects. 1993. PMID: 8272975

  54. Olson KR, Shusterman DJ. Mixing incompatibilities and toxic exposures. 1993. PMID: 7505954

  55. Shusterman D. Trichloroethylene exposure. Volume 47 of Issue 8. 1993. PMID: 8498283

  56. Shusterman D, Windham GC, Fenster L. Employment in electronics manufacturing and risk of spontaneous abortion. 1993. PMID: 8487115

  57. Shusterman D, Kaplan JZ, Canabarro C. Immediate health effects of an urban wildfire. 1993. PMID: 8434462

  58. Liu KS, Girman JR, Hayward SB, Shusterman D, Chang YL. Unintentional carbon monoxide deaths in California from charcoal grills and hibachis. 1993. PMID: 9857300

  59. Shusterman D. Community health and odor pollution regulation. 1992. PMID: 1443313

  60. Shusterman D. Environmental odor pollution. 1992. PMID: 1444603

  61. Shusterman DJ, Sheedy JE. Occupational and environmental disorders of the special senses. 1992. PMID: 1496433

  62. Cone JE, Shusterman D. Health effects of indoor odorants. 1991. PMID: 1821378

  63. Neutra R, Lipscomb J, Satin K, Shusterman D. Hypotheses to explain the higher symptom rates observed around hazardous waste sites. 1991. PMID: 1954936

  64. Shusterman D, Lipscomb J, Neutra R, Satin K. Symptom prevalence and odor-worry interaction near hazardous waste sites. 1991. PMID: 1954935

  65. Windham GC, Shusterman D, Swan SH, Fenster L, Eskenazi B. Exposure to organic solvents and adverse pregnancy outcome. 1991. PMID: 1951371

  66. Shusterman D. Espresso maker's wrist. Volume 152 of Issue 6. 1990. PMID: 2353484

  67. Wrensch M, Swan S, Lipscomb J, Epstein D, Fenster L, Claxton K, Murphy PJ, Shusterman D, Neutra R. Pregnancy outcomes in women potentially exposed to solvent-contaminated drinking water in San Jose, California. 1990. PMID: 2296981

  68. Shusterman D, Balmes J, Cone J. Behavioral sensitization to irritants/odorants after acute overexposures. 1988. PMID: 3397783

  69. Shusterman D. Workers' compensation. Volume 38 of Issue 1. 1988. PMID: 2969181

  70. Shusterman D. Problem-solving techniques in occupational medicine. 1985. PMID: 3161991

  71. Brodersen R, Cashore WJ, Wennberg RP, Ahlfors CE, Rasmussen LF, Shusterman D. Kinetics of bilirubin oxidation with peroxidase, as applied to studies of bilirubin-albumin binding. Volume 39 of Issue 2. 1979. PMID: 523962