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Ray Copes, Chief, Environmental and Occupational Health
Why working at PHO is important to me
"PHO is an exciting new organization with a mandate to protect and promote the health needs of Ontarians. Our ability to provide health sector support while also working very closely with campus-based research makes us innovative and at the forefront of addressing public health issues."


Academic degrees and accreditations

  • Doctor of medicine, McGill University
  • Master of science, McGill University
  • Diploma in industrial health, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of arts (Honours), Simon Fraser University
  • Bachelor of sciences, Simon Fraser University

Areas of expertise

  • Exposure and risk assessment
  • Risk communication
  • Occupational and environmental medicine

PHO research interests

  • Environmental health systems tracking
  • Environmental surveillance, air pollution and noise data (traffic)
  • Environmental burden of illness
    • Community exposure to metals
    • Community noise exposure
    • Air pollution related health effects

Selected publications

Chen H, Burnett RT, Kwong JC, Villeneuve PJ, Goldberg MS, Brook RD, van Donkelaar A, Jerrett M, Martin RV, Brook JR, Copes R. Risk of incident diabetes in relation to long-term exposure to fine particulate matter in Ontario, Canada. Environ Health Perspect. 2013;121(7):804-10.

Elliott CT, Copes R. Burden of mortality due to ambient fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) in interior and northern BC. Can J Public Health. 2011;102(5):390-3.

Jafari S, Copes R, Baharlou S, Etminan M, Buxton J. Tattooing and the risk of transmission of hepatitis C: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Infect Dis. 2010;14(11):e928-40.

Copes R, Clark NA, Rideout K, Palaty J, Teschke K. Uptake of cadmium from Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) in British Columbia oyster growers. Environ Res. 2008;107(2):160-9.

Brodkin E, Copes R, Mattman A, Kennedy J, Kling R, Yassi A. Lead and mercury exposures: Interpretation and action. CMAJ. 2007;176(1):59-63.

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