Jonathan Patz

Jonathan PatzProfessor
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), UW-Madison


Johns Hopkins University
M.P.H., 1992

Case Western Reserve University
M.D., 1987

Colorado College
B.S., Biology, 1980

Research areas:

Human Environmental Health, Public Health and Climate Change

Selected Publications:

Patz, JA, Campbell-Lendrum D, Gibbs H, Woodruff R. Health Impact Assessment of Global Climate Change: Expanding upon Comparative Risk Assessment approaches for Policy Making. Annual Reviews in Public Health 2007 (in press).

Bell ML, Goldberg R, Hogrefe C, Kinney PL, Knowlton K, Lynn B, Rosenthal J, Rosenzweig C, Patz JA. Climate change, ambient ozone, and health in 50 US cities. Climatic Change (2007) DOI 10.1007/s10584-006-9166-7.


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directs a university-wide initiative on Global Environmental Health. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and also an Affiliate Scientist of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

He has served as Co-chair for the health sector expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Variability and Change, Convening Lead Author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and lead author on several United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and WHO monographs on climate change. He is Co-editor for the journal, Ecohealth: Conservation Medicine and Ecosystem Sustainability, and Co-editor of the textbook, Ecosystem Change and Public Health: A Global Perspective (2001), and has written over 75 peer-reviewed papers addressing the health effects of global environmental change.

From 1996-2000, he was principal investigator for the largest US multi-institutional study on climate change health risks and has briefed the US Congress, Administration, and federal agency leaders. His areas of research investigation include effects of climate change on heat waves, air pollution and water- and vector-borne diseases, as well as the link between deforestation and resurgent diseases in the Amazon.

He has earned medical board certification in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine. He was been awarded as an Aldo Leopold Fellow, and as a Lead Author on IPCC reports for 1995, 1998, 2001, and 2007, shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC and Al Gore.