Anil Adisesh


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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. Fleming, DEB, Crook, SL, Evans, CT, Nader, MN, Atia, M, Hicks, JMT et al.. Portable X-ray fluorescence of zinc applied to human toenail clippings. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2020;62 :126603. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2020.126603. PubMed PMID:32623095 .
  2. Bhaskar, S, Rastogi, A, Chattu, VK, Adisesh, A, Thomas, P, Alvarado, N et al.. Key Strategies for Clinical Management and Improvement of Healthcare Services for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Patients in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Settings: Recommendations From the REPROGRAM Consortium. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2020;7 :112. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2020.00112. PubMed PMID:32613010 PubMed Central PMC7308556.
  3. Zhang, JC, Findlater, A, Cram, P, Adisesh, A. Return to work for healthcare workers with confirmed COVID-19 infection. Occup Med (Lond). 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqaa092. PubMed PMID:32432325 PubMed Central PMC7313860.
  4. Adisesh, A, Durand-Moreau, Q, Patry, L, Straube, S. COVID-19 in Canada and the use of Personal Protective Equipment. Occup Med (Lond). 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqaa094. PubMed PMID:32421799 PubMed Central PMC7313788.
  5. Zhang, JC, Cram, P, Adisesh, A. Controversies in Respiratory Protective Equipment Selection and Use During COVID-19. J Hosp Med. 2020;15 (5):292-294. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3437. PubMed PMID:32379033 PubMed Central PMC7205002.
  6. Chattu, VK, Adisesh, A, Yaya, S. Canada's role in strengthening global health security during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glob Health Res Policy. 2020;5 :16. doi: 10.1186/s41256-020-00146-3. PubMed PMID:32328533 PubMed Central PMC7167363.
  7. Singh, S, McDonald, JT, Ilie, G, Adisesh, A. An examination of the association between lifetime history of prostate and pancreatic cancer diagnosis and occupation in a population sample of Canadians. PLoS ONE. 2020;15 (2):e0227622. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227622. PubMed PMID:32023280 PubMed Central PMC7001921.
  8. Sweeney, E, Yu, ZM, Dummer, TJB, Cui, Y, DeClercq, V, Forbes, C et al.. The relationship between anthropometric measures and cardiometabolic health in shift work: findings from the Atlantic PATH Cohort Study. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2020;93 (1):67-76. doi: 10.1007/s00420-019-01459-8. PubMed PMID:31346709 .
  9. Kek, B, Buchanan, J, Adisesh, A. An Introduction to Occupational Medicine Using a Team-Based Learning Methodology. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2019;61 (2):132-135. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001499. PubMed PMID:30475307 .
  10. Adisesh, A. Suggestions for managing in-flight emergencies. CMAJ. 2018;190 (25):E773. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.69286. PubMed PMID:29941436 PubMed Central PMC6019343.
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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