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 fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity. 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 due to common environmental factors. 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 lead the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to begin the development of a Task Force on Environmental Health.
Dr. Molot has a long standing 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). Presently, he is a member of the 7 person Task Group on Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality at the National Research Council. Their mandate is 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 also sits on the Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality and Buildings.
Dr. Molot has long been an advocate for patients with environmentally-linked conditions. In 2007, he collaborated on The Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities, commissioned by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which lead to the recognition of environmental sensitivities as a disability with the legal right to accommodation in the workplace. He has written many reports on behalf of his patients to obtain the appropriate accommodation, and he has supplied numerous independent medical legal assessments at the request of lawyers. These assessments have included evidence-based evaluations of functional abilities in patients with chronic conditions, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Dr. Molot is the medical legal liaison for the University of Toronto affiliated Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, where he is a staff physician.
He has taught medical students from the Universities of Toronto, Ottawa, Queens and Laval, and others from Universities abroad. He also teaches residents in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. This includes those residents in the government-funded Environmental Health Fellowship program.
Dr. Molot also educates his peers. He has been a member of the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians since 1994. 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, multiple chemical sensitivity, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia, and how to assess functional ability in these patients.
He is the author of 12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong.