Robert O Wright

Robert O Wright, MD

  • PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
  • PROFESSOR | Pediatrics

Research Topics:

Biostatistics, Epigenetics

Dr. Robert Wright is a pediatrician, epigeneticist, and environmental epidemiologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Division of Environmental Health in the Department of Preventive Medicine, and Principal Investigator of an ongoing longitudinal birth cohort in Mexico City (Early Life Exposures in Mexico and Environmental Toxicology-ELEMENT) in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. He also founded the (Metals Assessment Targeting Community Health) MATCH study in Tar Creek, Oklahoma.  Both cohorts assess the role of environmental chemicals on child health and development. His research expertise is in the field of gene-environment interaction in child development. He has published over 100 research studies, most of which deal with Environmental Health and has served on numerous national committee/advisory boards in the field of Pediatric Environmental Health. Dr. Wright directs the new Molecular Environmental Health Laboratory at Mount Sinai. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health, the EPA Scientific Advisory Board, the CDC/ATSDR Board of Scientific Counselors and a standing member of the Neurology, Aging, and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology study section at NIH. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residency in Pediatrics at Northwestern U, as well as the following fellowships: Emergency Medicine, (Brown U), Medical Toxicology(Harvard), Environmental Epidemiology, (Harvard) and Genetic Epidemiology(Harvard). He studies chemical susceptibility and the role of genetics/epigenetics in modifying or mediating chemical toxicity. Prior to joining Mount Sinai he was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Attending Physician at Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, and Director of the Harvard Superfund Research Program.

Multi-Disciplinary Training Areas

Clinical Research Education Program [CLR], Neuroscience [NEU], Public Health [PH]


BS, University of Michigan-Dearborn

MD, University of Michigan

MPH, Harvard School of Public Health