Jonathan Patz

Position title: Director, Global Health Institute, Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment

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Phone: (608) 262-4775

Areas of Expertise
Learn about Jonathan Patz's expertise in the health effects of global climate change, land use change and deforestation; health co-benefits of energy policy

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is a Professor & Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He Co-chaired the health expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a Convening Lead Author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.  For over 15 years, Dr. Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

He is Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health and a past co-editor of the association’s journal EcoHealth.  He has written over 90 peer-reviewed papers, a textbook, and co-edited a 5-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health addressing the health effects of global environmental change. He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress, served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and served on science advisory boards for both CDC and EPA.  In addition to his sharing in the 2007 Nobel Prize, Dr. Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, and earned the distinction of becoming a UW-Madison Romnes Faculty Fellow in 2009.

He has earned medical board certification in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University (1987) and his Master of Public Health degree (1992) from Johns Hopkins University.

The Patz research group. Bottom (left to right): Jonathan Patz, Nova Tebbe, Sam Kruse, Daritza de los Santos, Henry Fremont. Top (left to right): Dorothy Lsoto, Valerie Stull, Nick Mailloux, Mattie Bindl, Sam Younkin, Logan Moore.

Curriculum Vitae



Climate Change

Ecology and Disease