"Climate medicine is still a new concept in clinical care, and at the CU School of Medicine we are defining it."

Our faculty are clinical experts on climate change and human health with a concentration unsurpassed among academic centers.

We are leaders in the field, deeply connected with climate and health organizations throughout the country, and we are innovators in our educational programs.

The CU School of Medicine Climate & Health Program utilizes education, research, service and partnerships to help build a sustainable community that's committed to climate health.

Our Mission

The mission of the Climate & Health Program is to further understanding of the impacts of climate change on human health and to be credible advocates of smart policy that addresses the climate crisis and advances human dignity in the same effort. We aspire to be the home of climate medicine.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Climate & Health Program is committed to diversity of its faculty, students, fellows and partners. We embrace the collective and individual talents, skills and perspectives of each member of our team to help make a positive impact on climate health and the world.



Rosemary Rochford, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus, Immunology and Microbiology
  • Director Emeritus, Climate & Health Program


Jay Lemery, MD

  • Professor, Emergency Medicine
  • Director, Climate & Health Program


Bhargavi Chekuri, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
  • Director, Continuing Medical Education


Beth Gillespie

Beth Gillespie, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Course Director, Climate Change & Health EMED 8010

Terry O'Connor

Terry O'Connor, MD

  • Director, Diploma in Climate Medicine

Caitlin Rublee

Caitlin Rublee, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
  • Director, Graduate Medical Education

Margaret Power

Margaret Power

  • Program Administration

Shana Tarter

Shana Tarter

  • Managing Director
    Diploma in Climate Medicine


Advisory Board


Henry Diaz

Henry Diaz

  • Affiliate Faculty, Geography and Environment, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


Mary Hayden

  • Research Professor, National Institute for Human Resilience, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson, MD

  • Tomas Berl Professor, Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Kris Karnauskas

  • Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Colorado, Boulder

Lee Newman

Lee Newman, MD, MA

  • Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Health, Work and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health

Balaji Rajagopalan

Balaji Rajagopalan, PhD

  • Professor and Chair, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

Emilie Calvello Hynes

Emilie Calvello Hynes, MD, MPH

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine

Affiliate Faculty

Recognizing exceptional talent and diverse perspectives in Climate Medicine, the Climate & Health Program's Affiliate Faculty are drawn from across the world with a wide spectrum of expertise. We are proud to collaborate with these remarkably talented individuals on an ongoing basis.


Emily Sbiroli, MD

Emily Sbiroli, MD


Marcalee Alexander, MD

Marcalee Alexander, MD

Malik Kahook, MD

Malik Kahook, MD

George Luber

George Luber, PhD

Damian Markov, MD

Damian Markov, MD

Ali Saad, MD

Ali Saad, MD

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