Report on Carcinogens

Suril S. Mehta, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is an epidemiologist in the Integrative Health Assessments Branch of the Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Mehta conducts cancer hazard evaluations for the Report on Carcinogens, providing expertise in environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure science, regulatory policy, and systematic review methodology. Mehta’s portfolio includes the evaluation of the carcinogenicity of halogenated flame retardant chemicals for potential listing on the Report on Carcinogens.

Since January 2023, Mehta has been serving on a detail assignment as the Senior Advisor for Chemical Safety at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a component of the Executive Office of the President. At CEQ, Mehta has been lending his collective federal government and public health expertise to advise on critical chemical safety issues and policies.

Prior to joining NIEHS in 2017, Mehta served as a health scientist and Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Children’s Health Protection’s Regulatory Support and Science Policy Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There he provided scientific and children’s health expertise on EPA’s science and regulatory actions to account for children’s unique vulnerabilities to environmental health risks. Mehta was also an ORISE fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mehta received his B.A. in psychology, M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics, and a Dr.P.H. in environmental and occupational health from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Selected Publications

  1. Lunn RM, Mehta SS, Jahnke GD, Wang A, Wolfe MS, Berridge BR. 2022. Cancer Hazard Evaluations for Contemporary Needs: Highlights From New National Toxicology Program Evaluations and Methodological Advancements. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Nov 14;114(11):1441-1448. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac164. [Abstract Lunn RM, Mehta SS, Jahnke GD, Wang A, Wolfe MS, Berridge BR. 2022. Cancer Hazard Evaluations for Contemporary Needs: Highlights From New National Toxicology Program Evaluations and Methodological Advancements. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Nov 14;114(11):1441-1448. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac164.]
  2. Patel AP, Mehta SS, White AJ, Niehoff NM, Arroyave WD, Wang A, Lunn RM. 2021. Urinary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites and mortality in the United States: A prospective analysis. PLoS One. 16(6):e0252719. [Abstract Patel AP, Mehta SS, White AJ, Niehoff NM, Arroyave WD, Wang A, Lunn RM. 2021. Urinary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites and mortality in the United States: A prospective analysis. PLoS One. 16(6):e0252719.]
  3. Schwingl PJ, Lunn RM, Mehta SS. 2021. A tiered approach to prioritizing registered pesticides for potential cancer hazard evaluations: implications for decision making. Environ Health; doi: 10.1186/s12940-021-00696-0. [Abstract Schwingl PJ, Lunn RM, Mehta SS. 2021. A tiered approach to prioritizing registered pesticides for potential cancer hazard evaluations: implications for decision making. Environ Health; doi: 10.1186/s12940-021-00696-0.]
  4. Mehta SS, James-Todd T, Applebaum KM, Bellavia A, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Zota AR. Persistent organic pollutants and maternal glycemic outcomes in a diverse pregnancy cohort of overweight women. Environ Res. 2020 Dec 2;193:110551. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110551. [Abstract Mehta SS, James-Todd T, Applebaum KM, Bellavia A, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Zota AR. Persistent organic pollutants and maternal glycemic outcomes in a diverse pregnancy cohort of overweight women. Environ Res. 2020 Dec 2;193:110551. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110551.]
  5. Arroyave WD, Mehta SS, Guha N, Schwingl P, Taylor KW, Glenn B, Radke EG, Vilahur N, Carreón T, Nachman RM, Lunn RM. Challenges and recommendations on the conduct of systematic reviews of observational epidemiologic studies in environmental and occupational health. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 May 15:10.1038/s41370-020-0228-0. doi: 10.1038/s41370-020-0228-0. [Abstract Arroyave WD, Mehta SS, Guha N, Schwingl P, Taylor KW, Glenn B, Radke EG, Vilahur N, Carreón T, Nachman RM, Lunn RM. Challenges and recommendations on the conduct of systematic reviews of observational epidemiologic studies in environmental and occupational health. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 May 15:10.1038/s41370-020-0228-0. doi: 10.1038/s41370-020-0228-0.]
  6. Mehta SS, Applebaum KM, James-Todd T, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Zota AR. Associations between sociodemographic characteristics and exposures to PBDEs, OH-PBDEs, PCBs, and PFASs in a diverse, overweight population of pregnant women. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 Jan;30(1):42-55. doi: 10.1038/s41370-019-0173-y. [Abstract Mehta SS, Applebaum KM, James-Todd T, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Zota AR. Associations between sociodemographic characteristics and exposures to PBDEs, OH-PBDEs, PCBs, and PFASs in a diverse, overweight population of pregnant women. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2020 Jan;30(1):42-55. doi: 10.1038/s41370-019-0173-y.]
  7. Mehta SS, Arroyave WD, Lunn RM, Park YMM, Boyd WA, Sandler DP. 2019. A prospective analysis of red and processed meat consumption and risk of colorectal cancer in women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers; doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-19-0459 [Online 1 October 2019]. [Abstract Mehta SS, Arroyave WD, Lunn RM, Park YMM, Boyd WA, Sandler DP. 2019. A prospective analysis of red and processed meat consumption and risk of colorectal cancer in women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers; doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-19-0459 [Online 1 October 2019].]
  8. Shapiro AJ, Antoni S, Guyton KZ, Lunn RM, Loomis D, Rusyn I, Jahnke GD, Schwingl PJ, Mehta SS, Addington J, Guha N. Software Tools to Facilitate Systematic Review Used for Cancer Hazard Identification. Environ Health Perspect. 2018 Oct;126(10):104501. doi: 10.1289/EHP4224. [Abstract Shapiro AJ, Antoni S, Guyton KZ, Lunn RM, Loomis D, Rusyn I, Jahnke GD, Schwingl PJ, Mehta SS, Addington J, Guha N. Software Tools to Facilitate Systematic Review Used for Cancer Hazard Identification. Environ Health Perspect. 2018 Oct;126(10):104501. doi: 10.1289/EHP4224.]
  9. Quiros-Alcala L, Mehta SS, Eskenazi B. 2014. Pyrethroid pesticide exposure and parental report of learning disability and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in U.S. children: NHANES 1999-2002. Envir Health Perspect 122(12):1336-1342. [Abstract Quiros-Alcala L, Mehta SS, Eskenazi B. 2014. Pyrethroid pesticide exposure and parental report of learning disability and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in U.S. children: NHANES 1999-2002. Envir Health Perspect 122(12):1336-1342.]
  10. McCurdy LE, Winterbottom KE, Mehta SS, Roberts JR. 2010. Using nature and outdoor activity to improve children’s health. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care 40(5):101-118. [Abstract McCurdy LE, Winterbottom KE, Mehta SS, Roberts JR. 2010. Using nature and outdoor activity to improve children’s health. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care 40(5):101-118.]