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Michael Kosnett MD, MPH

Associate Adjunct Professor
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health


Primary Phone:303-571-5778

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Research Complex II

12700 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Michael J. Kosnett, MD, MPH, FACMT has 30 years of experience as a physician specializing in medical toxicology and occupational and environmental health. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical toxicology, and preventive medicine (occupational medicine).

He has served in a leadership and advisory capacity to multiple national and international medical and public health organizations. This includes service as past president of the American College of Medical Toxicology and a member of the Committee on Toxicology of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In addition, Dr. Kosnett has served as a consultant and temporary advisor to the World Health Organization; EPA Science Advisory Board expert panels; and advisory committees of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health and ATSDR. He has also served as a medical toxicology consultant to the US Army Public Health Command, the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and the US Navy Naval Air Systems Command.

In 2016, the American College of Medical Toxicology awarded Dr. Kosnett the Matthew J. Ellenhorn Award, a career achievement award that recognizes “extraordinary contributions to the field of medical toxicology.” Dr. Kosnett participates in teaching rounds and conferences, and welcomes medical toxicology and occupational medicine fellows to work with him on complex clinical and forensic cases, projects and research.

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical pharmacology and toxicology of cannabinoids
  • Clinical, occupational, and environmental toxicology of heavy metals (esp. lead, arsenic, mercury, cobalt, gadolinium, selenium) and metal chelating agents
  • Aviation toxicology
  • Toxicology of nanomaterials

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 1988
  • MD, University of California, San Francisco, 1983
  • BS, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, 1978


  • NIOSH Bullard-Sherwood Award for Research to Practice: Knowledge Category, for project (with collaborators) “Preventing Worker Deaths from Exposure to Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors at Oil and Gas Well Sites,” 2017
  • Matthew J. Ellenhorn Award (career achievement award in recognition of “extraordinary contributions to the field of medical toxicology”), American College of Medical Toxicology, 2016
  • United States Air Force, Director’s Award, F-22 Life Support System Task Force, 2013
  • Academic Publication Award, Department of Medicine Clinical Faculty, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2008
  • Outstanding Service Award, American College of Medical Toxicology, 2008


  • Member, Committee on Toxicology, National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Medical Toxicology

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