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Patrick L. Kinney

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Director, Columbia Climate and Health Program
Dr. Patrick Kinney's teaching and research address issues at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and policy, with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution. His work in the 1990s on air quality and environmental justice in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx led to important new insights into the impacts of diesel vehicle emissions on local air quality. Dr. Kinney has carried out numerous studies examining the human health effects of air pollution, including studies of the effects of ozone and/or particulate matter on lung health and on daily mortality in large cities. More recently, he developed a new interdisciplinary research and teaching program at Columbia examining the potential impacts of climate change on human health. Dr. Kinney was the first to show that climate change could worsen urban smog problems in the U.S., with attendent adverse health impacts. He also has projected future health impacts related to heat waves in the NYC metropolitan area. In a new research initiative, Dr. Kinney is working with clinicians at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to understand how past and future climate may affect pollen-related allergic airway diseases. In early 2009 the Mailman School established a Program on Climate and Health led by Dr. Kinney. Dr. Kinney earned his doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he studied the effects of air pollution on lung function in children as part of the Harvard Six Cities Air Pollution and Health Study.
Education & Training:

    ScD, 1986, Harvard University

    MS, 1982, Harvard University

    BA, 1977, University of Colorado


Mailman School Affiliations:

University Affiliations:

  • Center for Sustainable Urban Development  Member, Academic Committee
  • Earth Institute  Chair, Appointments Committee
  • Columbia Climate Center  Member, Internal Advisory Committee

Additional Affiliations:

New York City
    Biomass Working Group at Columbia University
    Assessing health impacts of indoor combustion of biomass fuels for cooking. Studies completed or ongoing in Kenya, Rwanda, and Ghana.
    Countries: Kenya; Rwanda; Ghana

    Urban Planning, Air Quality and Human Health in Developing World Cities Project URL: http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/csud/

    Assessing exposures and health effects of outdoor urban air pollution in the Nairobi area, and the influence of alternative development patterns.
    Countries: Kenya

    Millennium Cities Initiative of the Earth Institute Project URL: http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/news/2006/story04-24-06b.php

    Monitoring and analysis of air and