Jeff Burgess

Co-Leader, Environmental Exposures in Underserved Southwest Populations (RFG1)
image of Dr. Jeff Burgess (2022)

Professor, Community Environment & Policy, Public Health

Roy P. Drachman Hall, room A223
1295 N. Martin, Tucson, AZ 85721


  • MD, University of Washington, 1988
  • MS, University of Arizona, 1993
  • MPH, University of Washington, 1996

Dr. Burgess, a professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been a member of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) since starting as a faculty member at the University of Arizona in 1997. He has worked as an Emergency Physician, Medical Toxicologist and Occupational and Environmental Physician in addition to his research, teaching and service. An important area of his research is the measurement of biomarkers of exposure, susceptibility, and effect in human populations following environmental and occupational exposures. Important areas of investigation have included arsenic exposure in drinking water and exposure to products of combustion for smoke inhalation victims, firefighters and miners, as well as exposure to methamphetamine laboratories for law enforcement officers and the public. He is director of the Center for Firefighter Health Collaborative Research at the University of Arizona and co-leads the national multicenter prospective Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study.

Environmental research interests - Environmental Health; Occupational Health