Consortium Advisory Committee Members:


John Balbus, MD, MPHSenior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of The United States and Distinguished Professor University of Arizona

Mike Coburn, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Research!America

Gary Cohen, MBA, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm, MacArthur Genius Award Winner

Harvey Fineberg, MD, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Former President of the Institute of Medicine

Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Washington

Robert Graham, MD Former CEO of the AAFP, and Advisory Board of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies

Bob Inglis, Director, RepublicEn, Energy and Enterprise Initiative

Jay Lemery, MD, Chief, Section of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, University of Colorado

George Luber, PhD, Associate Director for Climate Change, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC

Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Professor and Director, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin



John Balbus, MD MPH serves as a senior advisor to the Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Services on public health issues and as NIEHS liaison to its external constituencies, stakeholders, and advocacy groups. He leads NIEHS efforts on climate change and human health. In this capacity, he serves as HHS principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, for which he also co-chairs the Interagency Cross-Cutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health.  He has authored studies and lectures on global climate change and health, transportation-related air pollution, the toxic effects of chemicals, and regulatory approaches to protecting susceptible subpopulations. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s (previously titled Institute of Medicine) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.

Richard Carmona, MD MPH FACS was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States and is the Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He also holds faculty appointments as a Professor of Surgery and Pharmacy and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Carmona has extensive experience in public health, clinical sciences, healthcare management, preparedness, and a commitment to prevention as an effective means to improve public health and reduce health care costs while improving the quality and quantity of life. 

Michael Coburn is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office of Research!America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance, committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of The Arc of the United States, President and CEO of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and in management and leadership roles with a number of national nonprofit organizations.

Gary Cohen is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, and he was instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. He has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He is a MacArthur Fellow and has been recognized by the White House, Skoll Foundation, and Huffington Post for his efforts to transform the health sector to become environmentally sustainable.

Harvey V. Fineberg, MD is the president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He previously held the Presidential Chair for 2014-2015 as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to that, he served as president of the Institute of Medicine from 2002 to 2014 and as provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He chairs the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and serves on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the China Medical Board. He helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization.

Howard Frumkin MD, DrPH is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean from 2010 to 2016. From 2005 to 2010 he was director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), and Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health, at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He currently serves on the Boards of the Bullitt Foundation and the Seattle Parks Foundation, on the NASEM Committee on Measuring Community Resilience, on the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance (Harvard University), and on advisory committees to the Wellcome Trust “Our Planet, Our Health” initiative, the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (Columbia University), and the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (University of Toronto). 

Robert Graham, MD served three tours of duty in the U.S. Public Health Service, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral, and becoming the first Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration in 1982. He served as CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians from 1985 to 2000, and as an endowed professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati from 2005 to 2013. In 1990, he was elected to the National Academy of Science/Institute of Medicine. His current work focuses on elements of effective leadership, the development of high performing organizations, and practice transformation in primary care. He also serves as Board Chair of the Alliance for Health Care Reform.

Bob Inglis, a former Congressman representing Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, is Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University. E&EI serves to demonstrate the power of accountable free enterprise in addressing climate change. For this work, he was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014.

Jay Lemery, MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is the immediate Past-President of the Wilderness Medical Society and serves as a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, helped to launch the University of Colorado’s Consortium on Climate Change & Health and is currently serving as its Associate Director. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Health and Medicine Division’s (previously titled Institute of Medicine) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine.

George Luber, PhD,is an epidemiologist and the Chief of the Climate and Health Program in the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to managing the Climate Change Program at CDC, Dr. Luber is a Co-Chair of the Climate Change and Human Health Interagency Workgroup at the US Global Change Research Program, a Convening Lead Author for the US National Climate Assessment, a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Climate Change, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Fifth Assessment Report. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Environmental Health, Anthropology, and Environmental Science at Emory University.

Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. Dr. Jones is currently an adjunct associate professor at both the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health and research director on social determinants of health and equity in the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She is a member of the World Health Organization’s Scientific Resource Group on Equity and Health and the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and recently completed service on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the board of directors of the American College of Epidemiology, and the board of directors of the National Black Women’s Health Project.  

Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH is Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Professor and John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment, with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also co-­chaired the expert health panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change. He has written over 90 peer­‐reviewed scientific papers, and a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change. Most recently, he co-edited the text “Climate Change and Public Health,” published by Oxford University Press, and is leading a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Climate Change Policy and Public Health.”