Director, Global Health Institute

Dr Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor and Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He co-chaired the health expert panel of the first U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, served as a convening lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and for over 15 years served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 1994, Dr Patz convened the first-ever session and first policy resolution on climate change for the American Public Health Association.

Dr Patz has written over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers and textbooks addressing the health effects of global environmental change. He organised the first climate change/health briefing to a U.S. EPA administrator in 1997, and has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and the National Academy of Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, Dr Patz was Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. In addition to being a contributor to IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, won a Romnes Faculty Fellow award in 2009, and a Fulbright Scholar award in 2014.

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