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Jay Lemery, MD

​​​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Chief Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine

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Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box B215
12401 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Jay Lemery attended Dartmouth Medical School and was chief resident in Emergency Medicine at NYU/Bellevue. He currently holds academic appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Harvard School of Public Health where he is a Contributing Editor for its Journal Health and Human Rights. Academic interests include the effects of climate change on health and wilderness medicine education. 
Dr. Lemery is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is the Section Chief of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the immediate Past President of the Wilderness Medical Society and a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He sits on the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine and currently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a Co-Editor for the book Global Climate Change and Human Heath (Jossey Bass), to press in 2015. From 2005-2012, he was the Director of Cornell Wilderness Medicine.
In 2014, Dr. Lemery became the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program.
Degree Year ​Focus
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA B.A. 1993
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH M.D. 2000 Doctor of Medicine
New York University/Bellevue, New York, NY 2004 Emergency Medicine Residency

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Selected Publications (10 out of 18)

  • Lipman GS, Weichenthal L, Stuart Harris N, McIntosh SE, Cushing T, Caudell MJ, Macias DJ, Weiss EA, Lemery J, Ellis MA, Spano S, McDevitt M, Tedeschi C, Dow J,  Mazzorana V, McGinnis H, Gardner AF, Auerbach PS. Core content for wilderness medicine fellowship training of emergency medicine graduates. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Feb;21(2):204-7. doi: 10.1111/acem.12304. Epub 2014 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 24438590.
  • Gómez A, Balsari S, Nusbaum J, Heerboth A, Lemery J. Perspective: Environment, biodiversity, and the education of the physician of the future. Acad Med. 2013 Feb;88(2):168-72. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31827bfbeb. PubMed PMID: 23269293.
  • Francis ER, Goodsmith N, Michelow M, Kulkarni A, McKenney AS, Kishore SP, Bertelsen N, Fein O, Balsari S, Lemery J, Fitzgerald D, Johnson W, Finkel ML. The global health curriculum of Weill Cornell Medical College: how one school developed a global health program. Acad Med. 2012 Sep;87(9):1296-302. PubMed PMID: 22929431.
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  • emery J, Sacco D, Kulkarni A, Francis L. Wilderness medicine within global health: a strategy for less risk and more reward. Wilderness Environ Med. 2012 Mar;23(1):84-8. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2011.11.011. PubMed PMID: 22441097.
  • Lemery J. Lessons from Dr Strangelove. Wilderness Environ Med. 2012 Mar;23(1):2-4. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2011.12.009. PubMed PMID: 22441080.
  • Madhok R, Lemery J, Rodway GW. Because it's there… The education of George Mallory. Wilderness Environ Med. 2011 Dec;22(4):352-4. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2011.04.005. PubMed PMID: 22137864.
  • Gaudio F, Lemery J, Johnson D. Wilderness Medical Society Roundtable Report. Recommendations on the use of epinephrine in outdoor education and wilderness settings. Wilderness Environ Med. 2010 Sep;21(3):185-7. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2010.06.004. Epub 2010 Jun 10. PubMed PMID: 20832695.
  • Brown EG, Lemery J. Rescuing the physical exam. Wilderness Environ Med. 2010 Jun;21(2):172-3. doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2009.12.013. Epub 2009 Dec 22. PubMed PMID: 20591384.
  • Lemery J. A case for white coat diplomacy. JAMA. 2010 Apr 7;303(13):1307-8. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.384. PubMed PMID: 20371792.
  • Balsari S, Lemery J, Williams TP, Nelson BD. Protecting the children of Haiti. N Engl J Med. 2010 Mar 4;362(9):e25. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1001820. Epub 2010 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 20164477.