Anil Adisesh




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. Ruzycki, S, Adisesh, A, Burstyn, I, Durand-Moreau, Q, Labreche, F, Zadunayski, T et al.. Availability, use, and impact of workplace mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic in a Canadian cohort of healthcare workers. Arch Environ Occup Health. 2024; :1-10. doi: 10.1080/19338244.2024.2350956. PubMed PMID:38804906 .
  2. Cherry, N, Adisesh, A, Burstyn, I, Durand-Moreau, Q, Galarneau, JM, Labrèche, F et al.. Work Characteristics, Workplace Support, and Mental Ill-Health in a Canadian Cohort of Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Occup Environ Med. 2024;66 (5):395-402. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000003074. PubMed PMID:38412251 .
  3. Cherry, N, Adisesh, A, Burstyn, I, Charlton, C, Chen, Y, Durand-Moreau, Q et al.. Determinants of SARS-CoV-2 IgG response and decay in Canadian healthcare workers: A prospective cohort study. Vaccine. 2024;42 (5):1168-1178. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2024.01.052. PubMed PMID:38278628 .
  4. Galarneau, JM, Labrèche, F, Durand-Moreau, Q, Ruzycki, S, Adisesh, A, Burstyn, I et al.. Excess risk of COVID-19 infection and mental distress in healthcare workers during successive pandemic waves: Analysis of matched cohorts of healthcare workers and community referents in Alberta, Canada. Can J Public Health. 2024;115 (2):220-229. doi: 10.17269/s41997-023-00848-4. PubMed PMID:38227180 PubMed Central PMC11006634.
  5. Cherry, N, Adisesh, A, Burstyn, I, Durand-Moreau, Q, Galarneau, JM, Labrèche, F et al.. Cohort profile: recruitment and retention in a prospective cohort of Canadian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMJ Open. 2023;13 (11):e074716. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-074716. PubMed PMID:37914305 PubMed Central PMC10626826.
  6. Adisesh, A, Durand-Moreau, Q, Labrèche, F, Ruzycki, S, Zadunayski, T, Cherry, N et al.. Determinants of Sickness Absence Duration After Mild COVID-19 in a Prospective Cohort of Canadian Healthcare Workers. J Occup Environ Med. 2023;65 (11):958-966. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002945. PubMed PMID:37590394 PubMed Central PMC10662618.
  7. Adisesh, A, Baker, CJO. Occupational Health Informatics. Occup Med (Lond). 2023;73 (4):177-180. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqad023. PubMed PMID:37202210 .
  8. Boucher, E, Cao, C, D'Mello, S, Duarte, N, Donnici, C, Duarte, N et al.. Occupation and SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence studies: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2023;13 (2):e063771. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-063771. PubMed PMID:36854599 PubMed Central PMC9979591.
  9. Wan, W, Ge, CB, Friesen, MC, Locke, SJ, Russ, DE, Burstyn, I et al.. Automated Coding of Job Descriptions From a General Population Study: Overview of Existing Tools, Their Application and Comparison. Ann Work Expo Health. 2023;67 (5):663-672. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxad002. PubMed PMID:36734402 PubMed Central PMC10243927.
  10. Cherry, N, Mhonde, T, Adisesh, A, Burstyn, I, Durand-Moreau, Q, Labrèche, F et al.. The evolution of workplace risk for Covid-19 in Canadian healthcare workers and its relation to vaccination: A nested case-referent study. Am J Ind Med. 2023;66 (4):297-306. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23466. PubMed PMID:36734295 .
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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