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Tom Kosatsky

Tom Kosatsky is the medical director of Environmental Health Services at BCCDC. He is also the scientific director of NCCEH and a clinical professor in the UBC School of Population & Public Health.


Dr. Kosatsky’s research areas are environmental public health, environmental epidemiology, and heat and health biomarkers. 

His current research involves the health effects of air pollution and weather. As the scientific director of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH, which is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada), with responsibility for the Drug & Poison Information Centre (DPIC), he is active in capacity building and the development of professional expertise across Canada in environmental health. He has particular expertise in the development of innovative environmental-health surveillance tools. 


Dr. Kosatsky obtained his BA and MD from the University of Manitoba (1971-75) and completed a family practice residency at Memorial University in Newfoundland and an occupational medicine certification at the University of Dundee in Scotland. 

He was an epidemic intelligence service officer with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) and completed a US Preventive Medicine Certification at the CDC and an MPH at Emory University. From 1986 to 2008, he was an associate professor of Occupational Health and Epidemiology at McGill University, and a consultant physician and environmental health researcher with the Montreal Public Health Program. During 2004 to 2005, he was epidemiologist with the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome, Italy, with responsibilities in the area of climate change and health. 


  • For a list of publications, see PubMed
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