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Arun Chockalingam

Arun Chockalingam

Senior Fellow, Global Health and Humanitarianism

Senior Fellow

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Dr. Chockalingam is a professor of global/public health and medicine at the University of Toronto. He was the founding director of Global Health at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health (2013-2018), founding director of the Office of Global Health at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, US NIH (2010-2013), founding director of Global Health at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (2005-2010), and an academic and health researcher for over 40 years. He has served in key executive positions at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health Canada, and the World Hypertension League. 

Dr. Chockalingam is passionate about global health research, particularly on non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control in low-and middle-income countries. He has established research collaborations in China, India, Germany, the United States, Kenya, Ghana, Bangladesh, and many other countries. He has published over 180 papers, 11 book chapters, and 2 books, and he is currently the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Noncommunicable Diseases and an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous medical and health journals. He has been a reviewer for research granting agencies such as CIHR, the NIH/NHLBI, and the European Commission. He has also organized several national and international conferences in Canada and abroad. To his credit, he was one of the authors of the United Nation’s Resolution 66-A (2011) on Prevention and Control of NCD. He is the Chair of the World NCD Congress 2023 at Toronto.

Dr. Chockalingam is a fellow of the AHA (FAHA), the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (FIACS). He has also received many prestigious awards including the CCS’s Harold Segal Award of Merit (1998), the CIHR President’s Recognition Award (2005), the Blood Pressure Canada’s George Fodor Award (2007), the Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage’s Medal of Honour (2007), and the ACC's Simon Dack Award (2013). He is a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canada India Network Society (2018).

He climbed and summited the glacier-covered Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level), also called the Roof of Africa, in 2002. He climbed and circumambulated Mount Kailash (5,319 m (17,451 ft) above sea level) in 2016.

Research keywords:

Global noncommunicable disease prevention and control; equity and sustainability


Global Health & Humanitarianism




Priority 21st-Century Issues in the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, with Arun Chockalingam

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