Philip Landrigan MD, MSc (EEN Health Advisor)
Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc is a pediatrician and epidemiologist. He is a Professor in the Biology Department at Boston College where he directs the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good and the Global Observatory on Planetary Health. Dr. Landrigan’s research examines health impacts of toxic environmental hazards. His studies of lead conducted at CDC in the 1970s demonstrated that low-level lead exposure reduces children’s IQ and contributed to EPA’s 1975 decision to remove lead from paint and gasoline, actions that reduced blood lead levels by 95% and increased the IQ of all American children born since 1980. His documentation of children’s exquisite sensitivity to pesticides as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children contributed to enactment of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, the only federal environmental law in the United States containing explicit provisions to protect children’s health. In the 1990s, he served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the US EPA and helped to establish EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection. From 1985 to 2018, Dr. Landrigan was a member of the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, and Dean for Global Health. He co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Pollution & Health, which reported in 2018 and confirmed in 2022 that pollution causes 9 million deaths annually and that pollution prevention is feasible, cost-effective and saves lives. Since 2019, he has led the Monaco Commission on Human Health and Ocean Pollution. Dr. Landrigan served for 41 years in the US Public Health Service and the Medical Corps of the United States Navy and retired from the Navy at the rank of Captain. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.