Dr. John Molot graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa in 1971. For the past 30 years, he has focused his medical practice on environmental medicine, evaluating and treating patients with environmentally linked conditions, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS, fibromyalgia (FM), and environmental sensitivities/multiple chemical sensitivity (ES/MCS). He has assessed more than 12,000 patients, most of whom were referred for consultation by other physicians.
Along with this clinical experience, Dr. Molot has reviewed thousands of published studies on environmental health and has developed an expertise on the adverse health effects of common environmental exposures. He wrote the Academic and Clinical Perspective component of the Ontario government-funded Business Case Proposal for a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health, which contains more than 1100 citations from the medical literature. This led to the creation of a Provincial Task Force on Environmental Health in 2016, to which Dr. Molot was appointed by the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The Task Force examined the current state of knowledge in care, education and research regarding ME/CFS, FM and ES/MCS, identified gaps and reported their findings and recommendations.
An Interim report was submitted in June 2017. In particular, Dr. Molot contributed to the White Paper accompanying this report, entitled Current State of Recognition and Scientific Understanding of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Fibromyalgia (FM) and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (ES/MCS) A White Paper for the Ontario Task Force on Environmental Health. The Final Report of the Task Force was submitted to the Minister at the end of December 2018.
Dr. Molot has a longstanding expertise on indoor air quality. In the 1990s, he was the Medical Advisor on the Federal Task Force on Material Emission Standards, chaired by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). He was a member of the 7-person Task Group on Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality at the National Research Council formed to develop and recommend changes to the National Building Code (2020) to ensure that at least a minimum level of appropriate indoor air quality will be achieved in newly constructed buildings. He presently sits on the Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings.
He has taught medical students from the Universities of Toronto, Ottawa, Queens and Laval, and others from Universities abroad. He teaches residents in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, including those residents in the government-funded Environmental Health postgraduate year three (PGY3) program. This is an enhanced skills program which teaches how to obtain a detailed environmental history, discuss environmental risks with patients and provide information and other resources to address patient and community health problems that are linked to the environment. He has also lectured to undergraduate students at the University of Toronto and graduate students in the Environmental and Occupational Health Program at Lakehead University.
Dr. Molot also educates his peers. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians from 1994 to 2016. He has developed, collaborated and provided accredited workshops for both the Canadian and Ontario Colleges of Family Physicians regarding the relationship of common chronic illnesses and the environment, including ME/CFS, FM and ES/MCS, and how to assess functional ability in these patients.
He is the author of 12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong.