Clay Ballantine

Dr. Clay Ballantine, an Asheville internal medicine hospitalist physician and a nationally recognized expert on air pollution and health, offered testimony in 2002 on air pollution’s impact on health before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Health. He has served on the board of directors of the state chapter of the American Lung Association as well as the Asheville-Buncombe County Clean Air Community Trust.


Dr. Ballantine has studied extensively about the health and economic effects of air pollution exposure. He authored the clean air resolution that was adopted unanimously by the North Carolina Medical Society and helped to secure passage of the N.C. Clean Smokestacks Act. He has presented information about air pollution and health at the local, state, regional and national level.


He received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University in Ohio and his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of North Carolina-affiliated program at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C. 


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Download a transcription of Clay Ballantine's presentation on Sept 14, 2004.