Jonathan Patz

Credentials: MD, MPH

Position title: Vilas Distinguished Professor and John P Holton Chair of Health and the Environment, Nelson Institute & School of Medicine and Public Health


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor & John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment. His faculty appointments are in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Patz co-chaired the health report for the first Congressionally mandated US National Assessment on Climate Change and for 15 years, served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  Some of his other awards include: the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award; shared Zayed International Prize for the Environment; Fulbright Scholarship; American Public Health Association’s Homer Calver Award for environmental health leadership; Case Western School of Medicine Alumni Special Recognition award; Chanchlani Global Health Research Award; elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Professor Patz has taught and conducted research on the health effects of climate change and global environmental change, “Planetary Health,” for more than 20 years and has published over 200 science publications and several textbooks on the subject.