Anil Adisesh




Dr. Anil Adisesh is a specialist physician in occupational medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the Director of the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Head of the Division of Occupational Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital. In 2013 he moved from the UK Health and Safety Laboratory to take up the inaugural JD Irving Research Chair in Occupational Medicine at Dalhousie University. Anil has Chaired the WHO ICD-11 revision for Occupational Health and Co-chaired work to produce exposure and diagnostic criteria for occupational diseases for the International Labour Organisation. He looks forward to the opportunities presented for advancing workplace health by joining the largest occupational medicine research group in Canada.

The overarching theme to Anil’s research is, “promoting long and healthy working lives”. This theme recognizes the benefit of work to individuals, the necessity of longer working lives in a world with an aging population, and the prevention of work-related disease. His master’s and doctoral studies concerned exhaled breath nitric oxide and the respiratory health effects of occupational organic dust exposures. Dr. Adisesh has a research interest in the role of the exposome in disease causation. His current research includes using toenails as a biomatrix for metallome profiling comparing cancer cases with controls, and investigating the effects of work and health with the Atlantic PATH Cohort. In clinical service provision he plans to establish the potential for digital technologies to be incorporated in clinical occupational medicine practice.

Recent Publications

  1. Kek, B, Stewart, W, Adisesh, A. Erratum to: Creating a Return to Work Medical Readers' Theatre. Occup Med (Lond). 2021;71 (6-7):309. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqab092. PubMed PMID:34401923 .
  2. Sweeney, E, Cui, Y, Yu, ZM, Dummer, TJB, DeClercq, V, Forbes, C et al.. The association between mental health and shift work: Findings from the Atlantic PATH study. Prev Med. 2021;150 :106697. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106697. PubMed PMID:34175348 .
  3. Kek, B, Stewart, WA, Adisesh, A. Creating a return to work Medical Readers' Theatre. Occup Med (Lond). 2021;71 (3):136-143. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqab037. PubMed PMID:33830268 .
  4. Chattu, VK, Knight, WA, Adisesh, A, Yaya, S, Reddy, KS, Di Ruggiero, E et al.. Politics of disease control in Africa and the critical role of global health diplomacy: A systematic review. Health Promot Perspect. 2021;11 (1):20-31. doi: 10.34172/hpp.2021.04. PubMed PMID:33758752 PubMed Central PMC7967135.
  5. Burton, C, Coles, B, Adisesh, A, Smith, S, Toomey, E, Chan, XHS et al.. Performance and impact of disposable and reusable respirators for healthcare workers during pandemic respiratory disease: a rapid evidence review. Occup Environ Med. 2021;78 (9):679-690. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-107058. PubMed PMID:33504624 .
  6. Durand-Moreau, Q, Mackenzie, G, Adisesh, A, Straube, S, Chan, XHS, Zelyas, N et al.. Twitter Analytics to Inform Provisional Guidance for COVID-19 Challenges in the Meatpacking Industry. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021;65 (4):373-376. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa123. PubMed PMID:33492381 PubMed Central PMC7929462.
  7. Bhaskar, S, Bradley, S, Chattu, VK, Adisesh, A, Nurtazina, A, Kyrykbayeva, S et al.. Telemedicine Across the Globe-Position Paper From the COVID-19 Pandemic Health System Resilience PROGRAM (REPROGRAM) International Consortium (Part 1). Front Public Health. 2020;8 :556720. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.556720. PubMed PMID:33178656 PubMed Central PMC7596287.
  8. Fleming, DEB, Crook, SL, Evans, CT, Nader, MN, Atia, M, Hicks, JMT et al.. Assessing arsenic in human toenail clippings using portable X-ray fluorescence. Appl Radiat Isot. 2021;167 :109491. doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2020.109491. PubMed PMID:33121893 .
  9. Jackson, T, Deibert, D, Wyatt, G, Durand-Moreau, Q, Adisesh, A, Khunti, K et al.. Classification of aerosol-generating procedures: a rapid systematic review. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2020;7 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2020-000730. PubMed PMID:33040021 PubMed Central PMC7549490.
  10. Toomey, EC, Conway, Y, Burton, C, Smith, S, Smalle, M, Chan, XS et al.. Extended use or reuse of single-use surgical masks and filtering face-piece respirators during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: A rapid systematic review. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021;42 (1):75-83. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.1243. PubMed PMID:33028441 PubMed Central PMC7588721.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Faculty, Dalhousie University
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business, University of New Brunswick (Saint John)
  • Hon. Clinical Lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Manchester, UK