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Clinical associate professor, Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Yellowknife, in Canada’s subarctic and board president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Motivated by work on a Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) pediatric malnutrition project in Djibouti, and by climate-related health impacts on her Northern patient population, she spends approximately half of her time working at the intersection of climate change and health.

She was the first author on the 2017 and 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers as well as being the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.

Dr Howard is currently finishing up research into the health impacts of the NWT's 2014 extreme wildfire summer as part of the SOS project ( and led FLOW-Finding Lasting Options for Women ( the first randomized controlled trial comparing tampons to menstrual cups

Dr Howard is on the board of the Canadian Medical Association.


  • –present
    Clinical associate professor, University of Calgary


Canadian College of Family Physicians Environmental Leadership Award