Jonathan Patz

Director and Professor, Global Health Institute, UW-Madison

Jonathan Patz is professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment and he directs the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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 U.S. 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:

  • 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 for more than 20 years and has published over 100 peer-reviewed studies and several textbooks on the subject.