Institute for Exposomic Research

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Robert Wright, MD, MPH,

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Robert Wright, MD, MPH, is the Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research, and Founder and Director of the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory at Mount Sinai. Dr. Wright studies complex chemical mixtures and the role of social factors in modifying or mediating chemical toxicity. He has published over 200 research studies and has served on numerous national committee/advisory boards, including the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHSC) since September 2018. Prior to joining Mount Sinai in 2012, Dr. Wright was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Northwestern University, as well as fellowships in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Environmental Epidemiology, and Genetic Epidemiology.

Dorie Klissas

Mount Sinai Health System

As Chief Marketing Officer, Dorie Klissas leads all marketing, communications, media relations, crisis management, branding, creative, digital and social media, as well as video and podcast production for Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City while serving concurrently as Senior Associate Dean of Marketing and Communications. She is also VP of Marketing and Communications for the Health System, one of the largest integrated health care systems in the nation. Ms. Klissas is a proven leader who has built and led cross-functional teams that have implemented integrated marketing and communications campaigns with a strategy based on quantitative analysis and customer insight. As an Emmy Award winning producer for Today on NBC and the Chief Medical Producer for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, she has deep knowledge of science and medicine. With her passion for health care, strategic direction and exceptional people skills, Ms. Klissas has achieved success in highly matrixed organizations.

Karenna Gore

Center For Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary 

Karenna Gore is the founding director of the Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) at Union Theological Seminary. The Center for Earth Ethics bridges the worlds of religion, academia, policy and culture to discern and pursue the changes that are necessary to stop ecological destruction and create a society that values the long term health of the whole community of life. Before founding CEE, Ms. Gore worked as the director of Union Forum at Union Theological Seminary, during which she organized a conference called Religions for the Earth, which brought together over 200 religious and spiritual leaders from around the world to reframe climate change as a moral issue and galvanize faith-based activism to confront it. Ms. Gore’s previous experience includes work as a lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families, as well as serving as director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children (ABC). She has also worked as a writer and is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. Ms. Gore is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary. She lives in New York City with her three children and serves on the boards of the Association to Benefit Children (ABC) and Riverkeeper.

Nick DeFelice, PhD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Nicholas DeFelice, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a member of the Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research. Dr. DeFelice studies the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission. He develops mathematical models that quantify the burden of disease attributable to poor infrastructure and other environmental exposures, along with systems to forecast infectious disease outbreaks. His current research focuses on forecasting West Nile virus outbreaks. More broadly, his research is addressing how climate change influences human health and the environmental solutions that can promote positive health outcomes. Dr. DeFelice holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also completed his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, his postdoctoral training was completed at Columbia University with a focus on climate and health.

Allan Just, PhD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Allan Just, PhD is an environmental epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His research interests are in children’s environmental health, air pollution and temperature modeling using satellite data for epidemiologic applications, and computational methods for epigenomics.


He uses remote sensing, data science, and the methods of molecular epidemiology to investigate links between environmental exposures and children's health. Dr. Just received his PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University.

Jodi Sherman, MD

Yale School of Medicine

Jodi Sherman is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences and Affiliate Faculty of the Climate Change and Health Initiative at the Yale School of Public Health, and Director of Sustainability in Anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.  Dr. Sherman is an internationally recognized researcher in the emerging field of sustainability in clinical care.  Her research interest is in life cycle assessment (LCA) of environmental emissions, human health impacts, and economic impacts of drugs, devices, clinical care pathways, and health systems. Her work seeks to establish sustainability metrics, paired with health outcomes and costs, to help guide clinical decision-making and professional behaviors toward more ecologically sustainable practices to improve the quality, safety and value of clinical care and to protect public health. Dr. Sherman routinely collaborates with environmental engineers, epidemiologists, toxicologists, health economists, health administrators, health professionals, and sustainability professionals. Dr. Sherman is Founding Director of the Yale Center for Healthcare Environmental Sustainability.

Surili Patel

American Public Health Association

Surili drives strategic development to bridge the gap between public health programs and sound policies. As Deputy Director for the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association, Surili leads the organization’s most notable programs, including climate change, water safety and security, children’s environmental health, tribal health, environmental health messaging, transportation and health, and healthy community design. She is a champion for diversity and applies an environmental justice lens to all programs. Currently, Surili leads APHA’s new Center on Climate, Health and Equity. Her work aims to inspire action and advance policy that addresses climate change at the nexus of health equity.

Lewis Ziska, PhD

Columbia University

Lewis Ziska, PhD is a Plant Physiologist formerly with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Ziska has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles related to climate change and rising carbon dioxide that address: agriculture and food security; invasive species; and plant biology and public health. Dr. Ziska was a contributor to the 2014 International Panel on Climate Change report (Food Security Chapter); the 2014 National Climate Assessment (Public Health Chapter); and most recently, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Prior to the USDA, Dr. Ziska was a Smithsonian fellow and later took up residence as the Project Leader for global climate change at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. 

Albert A. Rizzo, MD, FAACP, FCCP, FAASM

American Lung Association

Dr. Albert A. Rizzo is the Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association and practices pulmonary/sleep medicine at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware as a member of Christiana Care Pulmonary Associates. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he obtained his medical degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine. He received his specialty training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and the American Association of Sleep Medicine, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Emily Senay, MD, MPH

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Emily J. Senay, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a clinician at the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health treating workplace illnesses or injuries and at the World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai caring for responders and volunteers with illness or injuries sustained as a result of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.


Dr. Senay was previously a broadcast journalist with CBS News and PBS News reporting on medicine, health and science. She received her MD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Erin Thanik, MD, MPH

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Erin Thanik, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and she is an instructor in the Masters of Public Health program.  She is board certified in both Allergy and Immunology as well as Preventive Medicine and her clinical work currently is focused in the World Trade Center Health Program Center of Excellence. 


Dr. Thanik also serves as a physician consultant in the World Trade Center Data Center and her public health work and research focuses on green housing, health disparities, Traditional Chinese Medicine and atopic dermatitis.

Roberto Lucchini, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Roberto Lucchini, MD, has been Director of the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Director of the World Trade Center Health Program Data Center at Mount Sinai since 2012. He is also Professor at the University of Brescia, Italy, Division of Occupational Medicine. His research is mainly focused on the health effects of neurotoxic chemicals and the biological mechanisms by which metals and particulate matter in the environment and workplace cause injury in the human nervous system. Dr. Lucchini and his team have developed quantitative, state-of-the-art testing methodologies and advanced imaging biomarkers to assess an array of neurological functions including cognitive, motor, behavioral and sensory functions. He and his team have conducted studies in occupational groups, children and elderly with European and US based funding. More recently, he has been focusing on the impacts of climate change on workers and community health.

Ismail Nabeel MD, MPH, FACOEM

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ismail Nabeel, MD, MPH, FACOEM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as Deputy Medical Director of Employee Health, Safety, and Wellness for the Mount Sinai Health System. He specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of work-related injuries, illnesses as well as addressing the health effects secondary to the changing environment, and application of Clinical Informatics in practice. He is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Considered an innovator in his field, Dr. Nabeel has a special interest in exploring the intersection of the information technology and Occupational Health. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Nabeel held faculty appointments at Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine departments at Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University.

Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and serves as the Deputy Director of the Federal Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. Dr. Sheffield has an adjunct position at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where she is a faculty member of the Climate and Health Program. Her research focuses on characterizing the threat that climate change poses to human health, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations such as children and workers. Dr. Sheffield received her MD at the Medical College of Georgia.

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

The Climate Mobilization

Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD is the founder and Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization, a volunteer-powered organization that is working to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization that rapidly transforms our economy to protect humanity and the living world. In that role she has helped catalyze a burgeoning worldwide climate emergency movement. Over 1100 cities and counties around the world have now passed climate emergency declarations based on the climate emergency policy framework that The Climate Mobilization has developed and championed. 


Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and also holds a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change. She is the author of The Transformative Power of Climate Truth and Leading the Public into Emergency Mode. Her forthcoming book Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth will help readers process the emotional, psychological elements of the climate crisis and rise to the challenge of our time.