Jay Lemery, MD, Is A Professor Of Emergency Medicine At The University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Chief Of The Section Of Wilderness And Environmental Medicine, And Faculty In The Department Of Environmental And Occupational Health At The Colorado School Of Public Health. He Is A Past-President Of The Wilderness Medical Society.
Dr. Lemery has expertise in austere and remote medical care, as well as the effects of climate change on human health. At the University of Colorado, Lemery co-founded the Program on Climate & Health, based at the School of Medicine. He inaugurated the nation’s first graduate medical education climate & health science policy fellowship for physicians in 2017, in partnership with numerous federal agencies and nonprofits. In 2022, the program will launch the ‘Diploma in Climate Medicine’ for healthcare providers, the first of its kind at a School of Medicine, offering a distinction for expertise and leadership in this novel field.
In 2017, Dr Lemery co-authored ‘Enviromedics: the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health’ and prior to that, co-edited ‘Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice’, now in its second edition. 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 is currently the Medical Director for the National Science Foundation’s Polar Research program and 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. 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 special edition on ‘Climate Justice.’
Dr. Lemery is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2021, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.