Anil Adisesh

Adjunct Professor

Business, Faculty of

Saint John

Other titles

Chief Medical Officer, Canadian Health Solutions

Dr Anil Adisesh studied medicine at the University of Liverpool, UK. After training in general medicine he also qualified in family medicine quickly developing an interest in occupational medicine. He moved to Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals, King’s College London (UK) to specialise in occupational medicine. He undertook early research on exhaled Nitric Oxide in occupational asthma and transferred to the University of Manchester for doctoral studies on the respiratory health effects of occupational organic dust exposures, completing specialist training.

A UK registered specialist physician since 1997, from 2004 he worked as Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the UK Health and Safety Executive national laboratory, Buxton. In this role he supported the UK Health and Safety Executive with policy development, commercial and contract occupational health services, medical advice, research, education and training whilst continuing clinical work at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. He moved to Canada when he was appointed the inaugural JD Irving Limited, Research Chair in Occupational Medicine at Dalhousie University in 2013 and based at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, Saint John. He was subsequently appointed as Assoc. Professor and Division Director of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2019, then in 2022 transferring back to New Brunswick to work with Canadian Health Solutions.

Dr Adisesh is Chair of the World Health Organisation Global Working Group on Occupational Health for the Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11). He is co-Chair to the International Labour Organisation Working Group on diagnostic and exposure criteria guidance on occupational diseases. He is the President of the Occupational Medicine Specialists of Canada.

He has been at the forefront of developing the field of Occupational Health Informatics and works to actively implement these technologies to advance occupational health and wellbeing. He is active in the education of health professionals and has used new methods to engage learners in occupational health. He has wide clinical experience of many industry sectors and in advising workers’ compensation authorities.



"Occupational Health Practice", ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, BMJ Publishing, United Kingdom

"Respiratory Toxicology", Fundamental Toxicology, 2nd, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom

Authors: Adisesh A, Agius RM "Occupational Health management of latex allergy", Latex Intolerance: Basic Science, Epidemiology, and Clinical Management, CRC Press, United States, Florida, Boca Raton