Secondary Faculty

Carlos Camargo

Professor in the Department of Epidemiology



In 1982, while an undergraduate, Dr Camargo started the first of several studies on the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption. The focus of this research, including his doctoral thesis at Harvard School of Public Health, was the relation between moderate drinking and cardiovascular disease. Dr Camargo’s expertise in nutritional epidemiology led to his service on the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Since 1996, Dr Camargo’s primary area of research has been respiratory/allergy diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and food allergy. He is studying the etiology and management of these diseases in several large cohorts. In 1998, his team described a strong association between obesity and risk of developing asthma. In 2006, they described a strong inverse association between maternal intake of vitamin D during pregnancy and childhood wheezing. In 2007, they reported a north-south gradient in epinephrine autoinjector prescriptions and proposed an etiologic role for vitamin D. Subsequent randomized trials showed beneficial effects of vitamin D supplementation on winter-related atopic dermatitis (2008) and acute respiratory infections (2012) in children. These novel findings suggested new avenues for the prevention and management of several respiratory/allergy disorders.

Dr Camargo is the Conn Chair in Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He chairs the Steering Committee of the Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet), a clinical research network involving >220 emergency departments. He founded the network in 1996 and, to date, the group has completed numerous observational studies and randomized trials. Most of these studies focus on respiratory/allergy emergencies, health policy issues in emergency care, and mental health (e.g., suicide prevention). As Director of the EMNet Coordinating Center at MGH, he is actively involved in all of these multicenter projects.

Dr Camargo is past president of the American College of Epidemiology. He also has served on many national committees related to nutrition, respiratory/allergy diseases, emergency medicine, and public health.

BA, 1983
Stanford University

MPH, 1989
UC Berkeley

MD, 1990
UC San Francisco

DrPH,, 1996
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


The Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)-wide Cohort.

Knapp EA, Kress AM, Parker CB, Page GP, McArthur K, Gachigi KK, Alshawabkeh AN, Aschner JL, Bastain TM, Breton CV, Bendixsen CG, Brennan PA, Bush NR, Buss C, Camargo CA, Catellier D, Cordero JF, Croen L, Dabelea D, Deoni S, D'Sa V, Duarte CS, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Farzan SF, Ferrara A, Ganiban JM, Gern JE, Giardino AP, Towe-Goodman NR, Gold DR, Habre R, Hamra GB, Hartert T, Herbstman JB, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hipwell AE, Karagas MR, Karr CJ, Keenan K, Kerver JM, Koinis-Mitchell D, Lau B, Lester BM, Leve LD, Leventhal B, LeWinn KZ, Lewis J, Litonjua AA, Lyall K, Madan JC, McEvoy CT, McGrath M, Meeker JD, Miller RL, Morello-Frosch R, Neiderhiser JM, O'Connor TG, Oken E, O'Shea M, Paneth N, Porucznik CA, Sathyanarayana S, Schantz SL, Spindel ER, Stanford JB, Stroustrup A, Teitelbaum SL, Trasande L, Volk H, Wadhwa PD, Weiss ST, Woodruff TJ, Wright RJ, Zhao Q, Jacobson LP, Environmental Influences On Child Health Outcomes OBOPCF.

Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Mar 24. PMID: 36963379

Perinatal Outcomes during versus Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Role of Maternal Depression and Perceived Stress: A Report from the ECHO Program.

McKee KS, Tang X, Tung I, Wu G, Alshawabkeh AN, Arizaga JA, Bastain TM, Brennan PA, Breton CV, Camargo CA, Cioffi CC, Cordero JF, Dabelea D, Deutsch AR, Duarte CS, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Ferrara A, Karagas MR, Lester B, McEvoy CT, Meeker J, Neiderhiser JM, Herbstman J, Trasande L, O'Connor TG, Hipwell AE, Comstock SS.

Am J Perinatol. 2023 Mar 23. PMID: 36781160

Changes in Body Mass Index Among School-Aged Youths Following Implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Chandran A, Burjak M, Petimar J, Hamra G, Melough MM, Dunlop AL, Snyder BM, Litonjua AA, Hartert T, Gern J, Alshawabkeh AN, Aschner J, Camargo CA, Dabelea D, Duarte CS, Ferrara A, Ganiban JM, Gilliland F, Gold DR, Hedderson M, Herbstman JB, Hockett C, Karagas MR, Kerver JM, Lee-Sarwar KA, Lester B, McEvoy CT, Niu Z, Stanford JB, Wright R, Zimmerman E, Farzan S, Zhang Z, Knapp E.

JAMA Pediatr. 2023 Feb 13. PMID: 36780186