Jay Lemery, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine
Faculty in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health
Dr. Lemery has expertise in austere and remote medical care, as well as the effects of climate change on human health. He sits on the National Academy of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine and is currently the Medical Director for the National Science Foundation’s Polar Research program. He is a physician consultant to the Exploration Medical Capability Element of NASA’s Human Research Program. From 2014-2016, he was the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program.
In 2017, Dr Lemery co-authored ‘Enviromedics: the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health’ and in 2015 co-Edited ‘Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice’, with a 2nd edition coming late 2020. Dr. Lemery was a technical contributor to the 13 U.S. Federal Agency, ‘Fourth National Climate Assessment’ (2018), and co-author on the landmark New England Journal of Medicine study on Excess Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. From 2011-2016, he was a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He also holds academic appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health (FXB Center), where he is a contributing editor for its Journal, ‘Health and Human Rights,’ and was Guest Editor for the June 2014 edition on ‘Climate Justice.’ Dr. Lemery is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently serves as Associate Director for the University of Colorado’s Consortium on Climate Change & Health.