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Tom Kosatsky—MD, MPH

Scientific Director

In addition to his role in the NCCEH, Tom is Director for the Environmental Health Services Division at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The focus of his work with the NCCEH involves identifying quality evidence to support environmental public health activities across Canada, assessing program effectiveness, and supporting education and training. Prior to his March 2008 arrival in BC, Tom was a consultant in environmental health for the Montreal Public Health program and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University. Tom, a trained occupational physician, has also worked for the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Recent Publications:

  1. Auger N, Naimi AI, Smargiassi A, Lo E, Kosatsky T. Extreme Heat and Risk of Early Delivery Among Preterm and Term Pregnancies. Epidemiology. 2014.
  2. Baccini M, Kosatsky T, Biggeri A. Impact of summer heat on urban population mortality in Europe during the 1990s: an evaluation of years of life lost adjusted for harvesting. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(7):e69638.
  3. Barn P, Nicol A, Struck S, Dosanjh S, Li R, Kosatsky T. Investigating elevated copper and lead levels in school drinking water. Environmental Health Review. 2014.
  4. Durigon M, Elliott C, Purssell R, Kosatsky T. Canadian poison control centres: preliminary assessment of their potential as a resource for public health surveillance. Clinical toxicology (Philadelphia, Pa). 2013;51(9):886-91.
  5. Durigon M, Kosatsky T. Regional centers: added value to poison center surveillance. Clinical toxicology (Philadelphia, Pa). 2013;51(6):521.
  6. Henderson SB, Rauch SA, Hystad P, Kosatsky T. Differences in lung cancer mortality trends from 1986-2012 by radon risk areas in British Columbia, Canada. Health Phys. 2014;106(5):608-13.
  7. Henderson SB, Wan V, Kosatsky T. Differences in heat-related mortality across four ecological regions with diverse urban, rural, and remote populations in British Columbia, Canada. Health Place. 2013;23:48-53.
  8. Lewin A, Buteau S, Brand A, Kosatsky T, Smargiassi A. Short-term risk of hospitalization for asthma or bronchiolitis in children living near an aluminum smelter. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2013;23(5):474-80.
  9. McIntyre L, Kosatsky T. Shellfish poisonings in British Columbia: Commercial product as source. BC Med J. 2013;55(6):290-1.
  10. McLean K, Henderson SB, Kent D, Kosatsky T. Calls to the British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Centre: a spatial summary. Can J Public Health. 2013.