Philip J Landrigan, MD
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PROFESSOR & CHAIR EMERITUS | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
Dr. Landrigan’s landmark studies in the early 1970s of children exposed to lead near a lead ore smelter in El Paso, Texas were among the first to show that lead can cause brain damage to children at levels too low to cause clinically evident signs and symptoms – a phenomenon now termed “subclinical toxicity.” This work was critical in persuading the EPA to remove lead from gasoline and paint, actions that resulted in a 95% decline in lead poisoning in US children. This success has been emulated in nations worldwide.

The 1993 National Academy of Science report on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children that Dr. Landrigan led provided the blueprint for the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, the major law governing pesticide use in the US, and the only federal environmental law that contains explicit provisions for the protection of children’s health.

Dr. Landrigan has been centrally involved in the medical and epidemiologic studies that followed the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He has consulted extensively to the World Health Organization.

In the News
Dr. Landrigan and his work were recently profiled in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up. View the PDF. Dr. Landrigan was also profiled in The Lancet in 2005. View profile.

Read the commentary by Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, "What's Getting Into Our Children?" that appeared in the New York Times on August 4, 2009.

AB, Boston College

Diploma of Industrial Health, University of London

MSc in Occupational Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Distinguished Alumni Research Award

Boston College


Distinguished Graduate Award

Boston Latin School


Frank R. Lautenberg Award in Public Health

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Senator Frank R Lautenberg Annual Award in Public Health

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey


Stephen Smith Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Public Health

New York Academy of Medicine


Alumni Award for Professional Excellence

Boston College


Irving J. Selikoff Award

Collegium Ramazzini


Lifetime Achievement Award

Children's Health Environmental Coalition


Children's Environmental Health Champion Award

Environmental Protection Agency


Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


J. Lester Gabrilove Award

Mount Sinai School of Medicine


David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health

American Public Health Association


Jorma Rantanen Award

Finnish Institute for Occupational Health


James Keogh Award

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Jacobi Medallion

Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Haven Emerson Award

Public Health Association of New York City


Award for Environmental Advocacy on Behalf of Children

Environmental Advocates of New York


William Steiger Memorial Award

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists


Katherine Boucot Sturgis Award

American College of Preventive Medicine


Vernon Houk Award

International Society for Occupational and Environmental Health


Occupational Health and Safety Award

International Association of Fire Fighters


Herbert L. Needleman Medal and Award for Scientific Contributions and Advocacy on Behalf of Children

American Public Health Association


William Sidell Presidential Award

United Brotherhood of Carpenters


Harriet Hardy Award

New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


Annual Honoree

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Landrigan during 2022 and/or 2023. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • Ramazzini Institute
  • Boston College
  • Blacksmith Institute

Other activities: Examples include, but are not limited to, committee participation, data safety monitoring board (DSMB) membership

  • I-PASS Institute

Scientific Advisory Board:

  • Rafa, LLC, a health care consulting company

Service on Board of Directors: Service in a fiduciary capacity, such as an officer or director, for the following companies:

  • Blacksmith Institute

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.