D. Linn Holness


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Linn Holness is an occupational medicine physician and a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Division of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Chief of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at St Michael’s Hospital. She is the Director of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease, which focuses on common non-malignant occupational diseases. Her research interests in occupational health are broad; covering a variety of topics including occupational disease and its identification, occupational health services and occupational health and safety in the context of specific populations such as vulnerable workers. Her main research has focused on prevention, health care utilization, diagnosis, return to work and outcomes related to occupational skin disease.

Recent Publications

  1. Haynes, E, Holness, DL, Tenkate, T, Strahlendorf, P, Kramer, DM. With a little help from our friends: Collaborative research partnerships in three workplace-based occupational disease research projects. Work. 2019;62 (2):261-278. doi: 10.3233/WOR-192861. PubMed PMID:30829637 .
  2. Logar-Henderson, C, MacLeod, JS, Arrandale, VH, Holness, DL, McLeod, CB, Peter, A et al.. Adult Asthma among Workers in Ontario. Results from the Occupational Disease Surveillance System. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019;16 (5):563-571. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201810-701OC. PubMed PMID:30682323 .
  3. Gewurtz, RE, Premji, S, Holness, DL. The experiences of workers who do not successfully return to work following a work-related injury. Work. 2018;61 (4):537-549. doi: 10.3233/WOR-182824. PubMed PMID:30475782 .
  4. Budd, D, Holness, DL. Raising awareness of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) using posters. Work. 2018;61 (1):3-10. doi: 10.3233/WOR-182775. PubMed PMID:30223408 .
  5. Kushner, R, Kramer, DM, Holness, DL. Feasibility of clinicians asking patients about their exposure to occupational hazards: An intervention at five primary care health centres. Work. 2018;60 (3):365-384. doi: 10.3233/WOR-182750. PubMed PMID:30040781 .
  6. Gupta, T, Arrandale, VH, Kudla, I, Holness, DL. Gaps in Workplace Education For Prevention of Occupational Skin Disease. Ann Work Expo Health. 2018;62 (2):243-247. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxx093. PubMed PMID:29220520 .
  7. Kudla, I, Houle, MC, Velykoredko, Y, Gomez, P, DeKoven, J, Skotnicki, S et al.. Introducing a "Workplace Prescription" to Facilitate Return to Work for Workers With Occupational Contact Dermatitis. J Cutan Med Surg. ;21 (6):573-575. doi: 10.1177/1203475417716328. PubMed PMID:29117719 .
  8. Kramer, DM, Holness, DL, Haynes, E, McMillan, K, Berriault, C, Kalenge, S et al.. From awareness to action: Sudbury, mining and occupational disease in a time of change. Work. 2017;58 (2):149-162. doi: 10.3233/WOR-172610. PubMed PMID:29036859 PubMed Central PMC5676845.
  9. DeKoven, S, Holness, DL. Contact dermatitis caused by methacrylates in nail products. CMAJ. 2017;189 (37):E1193. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170264. PubMed PMID:28923798 PubMed Central PMC5602500.
  10. Zack, B, Arrandale, VH, Holness, DL. Preventing Occupational Skin Disease: A Review of Training Programs. Dermatitis. ;28 (3):169-182. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000278. PubMed PMID:28509714 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Chief, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Director, Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Director, Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease