Arun Chockalingam, MS, PhD, FACC
Senior Advisor for NCDs
Dr. Chockalingam is a Professor of Epidemiology, Medicine and Global Health at University of Toronto, Canada. His experience encompasses a unique combination of global health research, policy, training, and administration in addition to international leadership within the global health community. He is a co-author of the Institute of Medicine’s “Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World” a key resource documents for the UN High Level Meeting on NCD Prevention and Control, 2011. He contributed to the developments of UN Resolution 66 on NCD Prevention and Control.
His prior appointments include as Founding Director of Global Health at the following institutions: University of Toronto School of Public Health; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH); and Faculty of Health Sciences at the Simon Fraser University Vancouver, BC. He has also served as Associate Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Senior Policy Advisor at the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada. He served as the Secretary General of the World Hypertension League for nine years, from 2005.
Dr. Chockalingam is passionate about global health research, particularly on NCD prevention and control in LMICs. He has established research collaborations in all six continents including China and India, . His multidisciplinary research interests, beyond cardiovascular health, include household air pollution; mental health; congruency of health, agriculture and economics; and smart villages. He has published over 175 papers; served as an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous journals. He reviewed grants for funding agencies, including CIHR, NIH and the European Commission. He has organized several national and international conferences in Canada and abroad.
Dr. Chockalingam is a fellow of American Heart Association (FAHA), American College of Cardiology (FACC) and International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (FIACS). He has also received many prestigious awards, including the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Harold Segal Award of Merit (1998) and the Simon Dack Award from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY and ACC (2013).
Dr. Chockalingam climbed and reached the glaciers covered summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, also known as Roof of Africa (5,895 m), in Tanzania in November, 2002.