Cecilia Sorensen, MD is the director of the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education at Columbia University and is an Emergency Medicine physician-investigator in the area of climate change and health. Translating research into policy, clinical action and education in order to build resilience in vulnerable communities is the focus of her endeavors. Her recent work has spanned domestic as well as international emergent health issues related to climate change, including, heat stress and worker health in Guatemala, wildfires and health care utilization in the United States, the emergence of Zika virus in Ecuador following the Earthquake of 2016, climate change and women's health in India and mortality following hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She has served as an author for the U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment and serves as a technical advisor for the Lancet Climate and Health U.S. Policy Brief. She is a member of the Colorado Consortium for Climate Change, a scientific advisor for the Citizens Climate Lobby and the course director for the nations' first medical school course on climate change and human health. She also co-directs the National Climate-Health Fellowship program at the University of Colorado, a post-residency training program for physicians.
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center
Areas of Expertise
Community-Based Healthcare, Women's Health, Climate and Health, Global Health, Refugee Health, Health Worker Education, Physician Education, Public Health Education
Kishore N, Marqués D, Mahmud A, Kiang MV, Rodriguez I, Fuller A, Ebner P, Sorensen C, Racy F, Lemery J, Maas L. Mortality in puerto rico after hurricane maria. New England journal of medicine. 2018 Jul 12;379(2):162-70.
Sorensen C, Salas RN, Rublee C, Hill K, Bartlett ES, Charlton P, Dyamond C, Fockele C, Harper R, Barot S, Calvello-Hynes E. Clinical Implications of Climate Change on US Emergency Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2020 Aug 1;76(2):168-78.
Sorensen C and Garcia-Trabanino R. A new era of climate medicine – addressing heat triggered renal disease. NEJM. 2019 Aug 22;381(8):693-6
Sorensen C, Krisher L, Butler-Dawson J, Dally M, Dexter L, Asensio C, Cruz A, Newman LS. Workplace Screening Identifies Clinically Significant and Potentially Reversible Kidney Injury in Heat-Exposed Sugarcane Workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020 Jan;17(22):8552.
Sorensen C, Murray V, Lemery J, and Balbus J. Climate change and women’s health: impacts and policy directions. PLOS medicine. 2018 Jul 10;15(7).
Sorensen C, Butler-Dawson J, Dally M, Krisher L, Griffin BR, Johnson RJ, Lemery J, Asensio C, Tenney L, Newman LS. Risk factors and mechanisms underlying cross-shift decline in kidney function in Guatemalan sugarcane workers. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 2019 Mar;61(3):239.
Sorensen C, Borbor‐Cordova MJ, Calvello‐Hynes E, Diaz A, Lemery J, Stewart‐Ibarra AM. Climate Variability, Vulnerability and Natural Disasters: A Case Study of Zika Virus in Manabi, Ecuador Following the 2016 Earthquake. GeoHealth. 2017 October 1;1(8):298-304.
Lemery J, Knowlton K, Sorensen C. (Eds) Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice. 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2021.
Rublee C, Dresser C, Giudice C, Lemery J, Sorensen C. Evidence-Based Heatstroke Management in the Emergency Department. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health. 2021 Feb 26.
Sorensen C, House J, O’Dell K, Brey S, Ford, B, Pierce J, Fischer E, Lemery J, Crooks J. Associations between wildfire-related PM2.5 and Intensive Care Unit Admissions in the United States, 2006-2015. Geohealth. 16 March 2021.