Commissioners

The Lancet Commission On Pollution and Health comprises many of the world’s most influential leaders, researchers and practitioners in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development. Philip J. Landrigan and Richard Fuller co-chair the Commission. See the full list of Commissioners below.

Commission Co-Chair:

Philip J. Landrigan, MD

Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA 

Read the Q&A with Dr. Landrigan, find out next steps beyond the report, and more.

“The Commission presents abundant evidence showing that pollution is a problem that can be fixed…These interventions provide an extraordinary opportunity to improve public health and also to slow the pace of global climate change. Pollution prevention is a winnable battle.”

Commission Co-Chair:

Richard Fuller, BE  

President, Pure Earth (formerly Blacksmith Institute), New York, NY, USA; Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, New York, NY, USA.

Read the Q&A with Richard Fuller to find out more about why pollution has often been sidelined, why the world must now listen.

“We have to stop poisoning ourselves. The impact of pollution is huge – at least one death in every six. It is just too much. Especially because we know it need not be that bad. There are well tested, low-cost strategies that work to keep pollution in control. We need to prioritize pollution as it affects us all. Pollution has no boundaries.”

Neric Acosta, PhD

Office of the President, Manila, Philippines.

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“We can only protect that which we first value; we can only value that which we first understand.”

Olusoji Adeyi, DrPH

Health, Nutrition & Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC, USA

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“It’s time for a shift in thinking and practice in pollution and control, to ensure lasting health gains on a large scale.”

 

Robert Arnold, PhD

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.

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Niladri Basu, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Sciences and Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

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“We need to communicate our scientific knowledge. This knowledge is vast and deep, it spans across the natural, social, and medical sciences, and it provides the evidence base for us to act.”

Abdoulaye Bibi Baldé, MS

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Dakar, Senegal

Roberto Bertollini, MD

Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks of the European Commission, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; Office of the Minister of Health, Ministry of Public Health, Doha, Qatar.

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Stephan Bose-O’Reilly, MD 

Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital of LMU Munich, Germany; Department of Public Health, Health Services Research and Health Technology,  Hall inTirol, Austria.

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Jo Ivey Boufford, MD

New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.

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Patrick Breysse, PhD

Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.

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Thomas Chiles, PhD

Department of Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

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“Pollution disproportionately affects children, the elderly and the poor. Strikingly, more than 90% of pollution-related deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries.”

Professor Doctor Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, PhD 

Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

Awa Marie Coll-Seck, MD

Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Dakar, Senegal

Maureen Cropper, PhD 

Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, USA; Department of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA.

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“Improving environmental health should be a public health priority.”

Julius Fobil, DrPH

Department of Biological, Environmental and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Valentin Fuster, MD

Mount Sinai Heart, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA; Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC), Madrid, Spain.

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Michael Greenstone, PhD

Department of Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

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Andy Haines, FMedSci

Department of Social and Environmental Health Research and Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

David Hanrahan, MSc

Pure Earth, New York, NY, USA.

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David Hunter, MBBS 

Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

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Mukesh Khare, PhD

Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

Alan J. Krupnick, PhD

Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, USA

Bruce Lanphear, MD

Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University,Burnaby, BC, Canada.

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Bindu Lohani, PhD

Centennial Group, Washington, DC, USA; The Resources Center, Lalitpur, Nepal

 

Keith Martin, MD

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), Washington, DC, USA.

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Karen Mathiasen, MALD 

Office of the US Executive Director, World Bank Group, Washington, DC, USA

Maureen McTeer, LLM 

Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Cananda.

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Christopher Murray, MD

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA, USA

 

J. Ndahimananjara, MD

Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests, Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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Frederica Perera, DrPH

Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

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Janez Potočnik, PhD

UN International Resource Panel, Paris, France; SYSTEMIQ, London, UK

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“…as an economist, I believe that in fact the only sensible way forward is for the economy and the environment to go hand in hand.”

Alexander S. Preker, PhD

Department of Environmental Medicine and Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA; Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA; Health Investment & Financing Corporation, New York, NY, USA.  

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Jairam Ramesh, MS

Parliament of India, New Delhi, India.

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Johan Rockström, PhD 

Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Carlos Salinas, PhD 

Former President of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.

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Leona Samson, PhD

Department of Biological Engineering and Department of Biology,Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

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Karti Sandilya, LLB 

Pure Earth, New York, NY, USA.

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“Persuading people to tackle the single biggest, yet unseen, killer in the world – that will also help with climate change – is a no-brainer!”

 

Peter D. Sly, DSC

Children’s Health and Environment Program, Child Health Research Centre, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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”Reducing pollution does improve health. The time for action is now!”

Kirk R. Smith, PhD

Environmental Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Achim Steiner, MA

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

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“The most important thing is that people are made aware of the nature of the problem, the impact it will have on them and those around them, and the choices available to reduce pollution.”

Richard Stewart, LLB

Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law, New York University, New York, NY, USA

William Suk, PhD 

Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Onno van Schayck, PhD

Care and Public Health Research Institute, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands

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Gautam N. Yadama, PhD

School of Social Work, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

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Kandeh Yumkella, PhD

United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria

Ma Zhong, PhD

School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.

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