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Climate & Health
Science Policy Fellowship


In 2017, we partnered with the University of Colorado to establish the nation's inaugural Graduate Medical Education (GME) fellowship in Climate & Health Science Policy. Our aim was to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to become adept climate and health leaders across clinical, basic science, and policy contexts. Today, we are proud to support up to five physician fellows each year from a range of medical specialties, demonstrating the success of our program and partnership. 

Meet all our Fellows

Fellowship Accomplishments


National Academy of Medicine

Fellowship Director, Jay Lemery, MD, the Climate & Health Science Policy Fellowship Director, became a member of the National Academy of Medicine, in October 2021. Dr. Lemery is the author of Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health and senior editor of the seminal textbook in the field, Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice (2nd Ed). Dr Lemery was named the first Endowed Chair in Climate Medicine in 2022.

Former fellow, Caitlin Rublee, MD, MPH is a 2022-23 National Academy of Medicine Fellow representing the American Board of Emergency Medicine. 


University of Colorado School of Medicine

Former fellow, Caitlin Rublee, MD, MPH is the Assistant Climate & Health Science Policy Fellowship Director.


Former fellow, Bhargavi Chekuri, MD, MPH is the Climate and Health Program, Director of Continuing Medical Education.

Former fellow, Beth Gillespie, MD is the Director, Undergraduate Medical Education and Course Director, Climate Change & Health IDPT 8059.

Columbia University

Former fellow, Cecilia Sorensen, MD, is the director of the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, a program focused on uniting health professional training institutions, health societies, and regional health organizations to create a global climate-ready health sector, prepared to mobilize and lead health promotion and response in the era of climate change, while restoring the health of the planet. 

Harvard University

Former fellow, Caleb Dresser, MD, MPH is Assistant Director of the Fellowship in Climate and Human Health, and is affiliated with the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Learn more.

University of Washington

Former fellow Stefan Wheat, MD is an emergency physician and faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington. With the Center for Health and the Global
Environment (CHanGE) at the University of Washington, Dr. Wheat works to understand the
scope of the health threats posed by climate change, promote healthcare system adaptation and emergency preparedness, and inform policies to keep people safe in a rapidly changing world. His work has included founding
ClimateRx, a seamless tool designed to help health professionals to connect with patients and colleagues on how we can respond to the health risks of climate change, and the development of Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE), a global health professional-led initiative that aims to provide free, publicly accessible, evidence-based resources to accelerate the incorporation of climate change and planetary health information into educational curricula.

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