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. 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.
  2. 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. 2020; :1-9. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.1243. PubMed PMID:33028441 .
  3. Bhaskar, S, Bradley, S, Chattu, VK, Adisesh, A, Nurtazina, A, Kyrykbayeva, S et al.. Telemedicine as the New Outpatient Clinic Gone Digital: Position Paper From the Pandemic Health System REsilience PROGRAM (REPROGRAM) International Consortium (Part 2). Front Public Health. 2020;8 :410. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00410. PubMed PMID:33014958 PubMed Central PMC7505101.
  4. Bao, H, Baker, CJO, Adisesh, A. Occupation Coding of Job Titles: Iterative Development of an Automated Coding Algorithm for the Canadian National Occupation Classification (ACA-NOC). JMIR Form Res. 2020;4 (8):e16422. doi: 10.2196/16422. PubMed PMID:32755893 PubMed Central PMC7439137.
  5. Khunti, K, Straube, S, Adisesh, A, Chan, XHS, Banerjee, A, Greenhalgh, T et al.. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in primary and community care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Br J Gen Pract. 2020;70 (697):374-375. doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X711797. PubMed PMID:32690481 PubMed Central PMC7376755.
  6. Khunti, K, Adisesh, A, Burton, C, Chan, XHS, Coles, B, Durand-Moreau, Q et al.. The efficacy of PPE for COVID-19-type respiratory illnesses in primary and community care staff. Br J Gen Pract. 2020;70 (697):413-416. doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X710969. PubMed PMID:32661012 PubMed Central PMC7363275.
  7. 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 .
  8. 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.
  9. Zhang, JC, Findlater, A, Cram, P, Adisesh, A. Return to work for healthcare workers with confirmed COVID-19 infection. Occup Med (Lond). 2020;70 (5):345-346. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqaa092. PubMed PMID:32432325 PubMed Central PMC7313860.
  10. Adisesh, A, Durand-Moreau, Q, Patry, L, Straube, S. COVID-19 in Canada and the use of Personal Protective Equipment. Occup Med (Lond). 2020;70 (5):343-344. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqaa094. PubMed PMID:32421799 PubMed Central PMC7313788.
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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